New site offers free funeral cost calculation

2015-04-12 18:39

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Local insurer Metropolitan Life has launched a new online funeral calculator that allows you to see what to budget for. The aim is to allow you to effectively plan the kind of funeral you or your family members want and can afford.

The tool allows users to consider a variety of variables, says Liezel Gordon from Metropolitan, such as: “Where will it take place? Will it be held in a rural setting, a township or in the suburbs? Is catering required, and for how many? Would you prefer to be cremated or buried? If you are to be buried, will you choose a [cheaper or more expensive] coffin?”

As one proceeds through each section, the calculator at the bottom of the screen tallies up the approximate costs based on the individual’s choices.

Once users have finished selecting their preferences, they are provided with full quotations of what their selected funerals are likely to cost, helping them to ensure they have adequate cover.

This will hopefully assist people to avoid the debt so many South Africans find themselves saddled with following the death of a loved one.

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