Is funeral cover worth it?

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When there’s death in the family, the last thing you want to worry about is where the money will come from to provide a proper funeral. One way to prevent this is to get funeral cover.

But if you’re not sure what’s involved in funeral cover and whether it’s really necessary to pay for something now that you might only use in the distant future, read on as Standard Bank covers the A to Z of funeral cover.

What does funeral cover entail?

A funeral plan provides the assurance that, if you or your insured family member(s) pass away, the cost of the funeral will be taken care of so that the financial security of those left behind won’t be at risk.

Think about your current situation. Would your family be able to afford the expenses that would come with laying you to rest? Would it require them to use credit or go into debt to pay for it? How would that affect their financial future?

What type of costs come with a funeral?

Even a modest funeral can cost thousands and there are often unexpected costs that add up quickly. Excluding the unforeseen, these are some of the things that will need to be paid for:

  • A coffin

Coffins can vary in costs, and even if you choose cremation instead of a burial, you will still need a coffin for the deceased.

  • Cremation

If you choose cremation, the process needs to be paid for and, depending on your choice of urn, it could cost extra.

  • The grave and tombstone

If you choose a burial, you’ll be paying for the land and the cost of laying the deceased to rest in it. The municipal district the grave is in can also influence how much it costs. And if you want a tombstone, the price will range depending on the type of material you choose.

  • Undertaker fees

There are certain processes and procedures that need to be followed with deceased people, including storage, preparing, and transporting the body.

  • Catering, décor, venue, and transport

A post-funeral gathering of friends and family will call for drinks and eats. You might have to hire a venue or a tent and, depending on the location and the facilities, you might need to pay for transport costs.

Funeral cost breakdown example:

The below example outlines the different items that is needed for a funeral. The actual costs might differ, depending on the provider and personal preferences you choose.

Funeral Breakdown

Transport of the deceased / Repatriation costs: Approximately R10 000

What can you expect from funeral cover with Standard Bank?

  • A funeral plan provides a specified lump sum payment in the event of death, to a maximum amount of R100 000 which you can use to cover the different funeral costs.
  • You can get cover for yourself, your spouse, children, parents, in-laws, and extended family members. 
  • With Standard Bank's Flexible Funeral Plan, you can choose which benefits suit you, how much cover you want for each family member, how much you want your premium to be and the additional benefits you want.
  • Proof of relationship at claims stage will be required.
  • If your claim is approved and all the documents have been received, you'll be paid out within 48 hours. 

    * Prices are accurate at the time of publishing.

This post and content is sponsored, written and provided by Standard Bank.

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