Is burial insurance right for you?
Burial insurance is a premium-based business model. There are different types of burial policies and different items covered under these policies.
Few topics are as taboo as death and finances. However, burials may be expensive, and one option for covering these costs is with a burial insurance policy. The argument for buying burial insurance is that it will keep your loved ones from worrying about money after you're gone.
How does burial insurance work?
Purchasing funeral insurance is a legal agreement in which the insurer promises to pay for the insured's final expenses. The policy may also cover costs associated with the funeral and burial or cremation.
Most funeral insurance policyholders must pay a monthly premium until they reach a particular age. Depending on the specifics of the policy, annual premium increases are possible or even definite.
What does funeral policy cover?
There are no limitations on how the money from your last expenditure policy can be utilized to help your loved ones in the case of your death. Your heirs might use the proceeds from your burial insurance policy for the following:
- Arrangements for the funeral, including the viewing and the service
- Cemetery fees and other related expenses
- The Expense of Cremation
- The Cost of Medical Treatment
- Current debt
- Legal fees
As a result of the reduced coverage amount, your dependents may not be able to spend much (if any) of your death benefit on funeral costs and other large expenses. Choose a policy with more potential value, such as a classic whole-life policy, if you want to leave behind a sizeable sum.
If you and your family members do some planning, you can reduce some of the stress associated with making your final preparations by getting the best funeral insurance policy.
What options do you have for funeral and burial insurance?
Many different kinds of insurance must be taken into account:
Simplified issue: A medical exam is unnecessary, but the insurer will assess your health according to your responses to a series of questions about your medical history. Pre-existing diseases, smoking, and other potentially dangerous habits can all lead to insurance policy denials.
Guaranteed issue: You won't have to worry about answering any health-related questions or taking any exam and will be issued the policy immediately. However, the cost of your coverage will likely be higher due to its increased risk to the insurer. The death benefit under this policy may be reduced if the insured person passes away during the first 24 to 36 months after the policy's inception. A part of the payout will be withheld if you pass away from natural causes before the waiting period ends. In most cases, a beneficiary receives their total benefit upon the decedent's accidental death.
Pre-need insurance: For this type, a policyholder enters into a legally binding agreement with a funeral home. The insurance proceeds are paid directly to the funeral home, and the deal covers particular items and services you pick through the provider.
Can you be denied funeral insurance?
In all likelihood, you will be eligible for funeral insurance coverage barring any errors or issues in your application or throughout the policy's lifetime.
If the insurance company finds out you lied on the application, they would likely refuse to insure you. However, if it's a little thing that can be fixed quickly, you might be able to convince them to rethink it.
Tips to save on burial and funeral costs
Although there is no way to make up for the loss of a loved one, you can take steps to reduce the financial burden of the burial so that you may devote your attention to mourning.
- Simply put, you are not obligated to use any service.
- Compare prices, like you would with anything else. Get price quotes from at least three establishments before making a final decision.
- The funeral home's inventory does not bind your coffin or urn selection. Because funeral homes see their customers as a captive audience, they may charge more for these things. This also applies to the floral arrangements and the scheduled events.
- You may make the memorial ceremony programs and prayer leaflets yourself or give the responsibility to a friend or family member.
- It is not always required to embalm or prepare a body for burial. If the burial is going to take too long, you may want to inquire about chilling as an alternative to embalming.
- One option is to have a direct burial or straight cremation. To save money, skip the funeral rites and celebrations if money is short. Instead, you might have a small, private service at your own house.