The Indigent Burial Program is designed to help families who, at this difficult time are financially unable to bury their loved ones.
Yuma County provides cremation through the Indigent Burial Program. This program provides for cremation when there is no person financially able, or when no estate exists to defray cost. In order to participate in the Indigent Burial Program, an application must be filed with the Yuma County Public Fiduciary. The Yuma County Public Fiduciary is the county agent who investigates the availability of resources to defray the cost of disposition arrangements and determines the eligibility status and financial responsibility of the applicant applying for assistance.
The investigation involves but is not limited to: verifying bank accounts, insurance claims, veterans eligibility, vehicle ownership, real property ownership, personal property ownership, property secured by medical facilities, employers benefits, income, and resources. This investigation will determine who is responsible for burial under A.R.S. §36-831(C) and if an action under A.R.S. §36-831(C), "County Burial Responsibility" is appropriate.
Indigent Burial Application Review
The Yuma County Public Fiduciary works closely with most of the local Mortuaries and Funeral Homes during this application process. These contracted entities have blank Indigent Burial Applications on site and can assist you if needed. (Ask if the Mortuary or Funeral Home you are working with is a contracted provider). Once a complete application has been submitted to the Yuma County Public Fiduciary, and there are no pending law enforcement investigations, the review process will begin.
The Department of Veteran Affairs will be contacted to verify if the deceased was a veteran. If so, our office will notify Veteran Affairs of the death and proceed with the review of the application.
If the deceased is a veteran, he/she must be buried in the VA National Cemetery in Phoenix. There, they will receive a veteran burial to include a rifle salute. If the family is requesting cremation of an individual who is a veteran, then this Statute does not apply. Our office will contact any individuals listed on the application for questioning regarding the deceased. If it is determined that the deceased had a bank account, our office will send an Affidavit of Collection to the bank under A.R.S. §36-831(E) to reimburse the county for disposition costs.
Once the application has been approved, an approval form will be sent to the contracted Mortuary or Funeral Home.