Could ‘maaser ‘money be used to pay funeral expenses, such as private’ Hevra Kadisha’ costs which are not covered by Bituach Leumi.?
In general we do not use maaser money for a funeral, especially if it is the funeral of a parent. The reason is because we don’t use maaser money for personal mitzvos that we are obligated to do. However if the circumstances are such that you know of a niftar that his needs aren’t being met in a respectable way, such as if he won’t be buried in a respectable plot etc., then it would be tzedakah and you would be able to use maaser money.