Burial insurance—also called end-of-life insurance, final expense, or funeral insurance—is a whole life insurance policy that’s designed to pay for the costs of your burial. These costs may include a memorial service, cremation costs, a headstone for your grave or other expenses associated with end-of-life arrangements.
Bankrate’s recent article entitled “Burial insurance” explains that if you have your affairs in order, your family already knows what will happen when you die. You may have given instructions for how you’d like your body to be treated, as well as ideas for your memorial service or what you want written on a tombstone.
However, all of these things cost money. If you don’t want your family to be stuck paying those costs, you may want to consider a burial policy.
Because the payout for this insurance is small compared to many regular life insurance policies, the premiums can also be quite affordable. The policies are easy to purchase and don’t require a medical exam. However, there may be a waiting period and the policy may offer only limited benefits in the first two years.
Burial insurance policies cover all the normal costs incurred by someone’s death, such as:
- A casket
- Cremation costs
- A burial plot
- The cost of transporting the body and/or remains
- A headstone; and
- Payment to clergy.
One type of burial policy, called a guaranteed issue life insurance policy, is available without any medical or health questions. It’s designed for those who are seriously ill and can’t get a policy any other way.
If all the appropriate arrangements have been made, the process of filing a burial insurance claim should be fairly smooth.
Reference: Bankrate (March 5, 2021) “Burial insurance”