Surely nobody likes to contemplate their own demise, but it is an inevitability staring at all of us. With our passing comes the need to take care of our final arrangements. What is to be done with your remains? Will you be cremated or do you prefer a casket and burial? Do you want a big funeral for friends, family, and acquaintances, or do you prefer a smaller ceremony for just those closest to you? What about a casket, headstone, or urn? More importantly, who is going to pay for all of this, ensuring your final wishes are carried out? If you want to avoid leaving this financial burden on your loved ones, you might want to consider a burial insurance plan.
Suffering through the loss of a loved one is difficult enough without being handed the tab for the funeral on top of it. A burial insurance policy, or sometimes known as a funeral insurance policy, can be setup in advance to take care of the costs associated with your final wishes. The policy can cover things like the casket, burial plot, flowers, headstone, memorial service, transportation of your remains, and even fees for the minister of your service.
The overriding advantage of such an insurance policy is it provides a fairly simple way to plan, arrange, and fund your funeral all in advance. This leaves you with the peace of mind knowing that you did all you could to help them in dealing with a difficult situation without the added discomfort of hastily planning and making all these arrangement themselves.
It is also worth noting that funeral costs can easily tally up to a minimum of $5000, and costs in excess of $15,000 are not unheard of. That is why so many people decide on a funeral insurance policy rather than leave this potential financial burden to those they leave behind.
A burial insurance policy is often a whole life policy with death benefits. While they are often purchased as a standalone separate policy, they can also be part of a larger life insurance policy.
Deciding which policy is the right one for you can sometimes be a little more challenging than making the decision whether to buy one or not. With a few exceptions, you will almost certainly be insurable. However, depending on factors such as your age and any known health issues, you may be presented with different options. If you are facing serious health concerns today, you will likely need to look at specific policies designated for such a situation.
Like any insurance, the cost can vary based factors such as your age, health, and most significantly on the amount of coverage you wish to obtain. Based on these factors, you could be looking at a monthly premium of just $10 a month or upwards of $500. You may perhaps pay even more if you are looking for much higher coverage options. If cost is a concern, there are cheaper options through purchasing a group policy for several family members.
To determine what coverage limit will suit your needs, it is advisable to sit down with a funeral director and plan out your funeral and final wishes ahead of time. This way you have a degree of cost certainty and can shop for the appropriate coverage amount to fulfill your wishes.
Having such a policy as well as having your funeral arrangements preplanned can alleviate a lot of the stress your loved ones will already be under after your passing.