When it comes time to plan a funeral, the cost quickly add up. That's why many seniors choose funeral insurance, which helps cover the costs of a funeral. It provides peace of mind for both you and your loved ones.
But, what are your options for funeral insurance? How how can you tell which policy is best for you?
If you are a senior or the loved one of a senior, this post is for you! We'll explore your options and help decide on a funeral insurance policy that's right for you.
What is Funeral Insurance?
Funeral insurance is a type of permanent life insurance product. A traditional permanent life insurance policy provides your family with income replacement if you pass away. By contrast, a funeral insurance policy is intended to cover specifically your end-of-life expenses in the form of a lump sum payment.
It has smaller payouts than most permanent life insurance policies. As a result, it is less expensive.
Funeral insurance doesn’t have an end date and lasts as long as you do, provided you pay the premiums. Keep in mind, it is also often called burial insurance, final expense insurance, or end-of-life insurance.
Funerals can cost upwards of several thousand dollars, so it’s important to plan ahead. Otherwise, your loved ones might be stuck paying end-of-life expenses, like burial services.
Many elderly don’t buy funeral insurance because they think they won’t qualify due to poor health. However, these policies are much easier to get compared to traditional life insurance since a medical exam is not involved. You can qualify for life insurance coverage even if you have a serious illness, although there may be a waiting period on the policy.
- Funeral insurance is a type of permanent life insurance that is intended to cover your end-of-life expenses.
- Funeral insurance has smaller payouts than most permanent life insurance policies, but is also less expensive.
- You can qualify for coverage even if you have a serious illness, although there may be a waiting period on the policy.
Types of Funeral Insurance
There are two types of funeral insurance policies. Both help you cover your final expenses, though they vary in pricing and eligibility requirements.
Simplified Issue Life Insurance
Simplified issue life insurance can be a good option for those who can’t get traditional insurance coverage but are only at moderate health risk. You won’t have to take a medical exam to prove eligibility. However, you will have to provide some basic information about your health.
Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance
As the name suggests, guaranteed issue life insurance is a policy where acceptance is guaranteed. You can’t be turned down as long as you are below a certain age. You don’t have to take a paramedical exam or answer any health questions.
Guaranteed issue life insurance is ideal for someone with a severe medical condition. However, the payout is typically lower than simplified issue life insurance, and premiums are higher.
Funeral Insurance vs. Life Insurance
Both of these pay a death benefit — but they are used for entirely different purposes.
Life insurance is typically intended to pay for costs that would be a financial burden to your family, but find difficult to cover without your income. This can include expenses like college tuition fees, a mortgage, or the cost of raising kids.
Funeral insurance typically covers funeral expenses, final expenses, including medical bills and cremation fees.
Funeral insurance also has a lower face value compared to most life insurance since it’s intended to pay only for end-of-life expenses. These policies typically have a death benefit amount ranging between $5,000 and $50,000. By contrast, many term life insurance policies include a death benefit of over $100,000.
In addition, most life insurance policies require a medical test, while funeral insurance doesn’t. In fact, you won’t even have to provide any health-related information if you apply for guaranteed life issue insurance.
A funeral insurance plan is generally more expensive than a comparable life insurance policy. However, the price difference is not huge, as the following chart shows. This information is relevant for English-speaking residents across Canada, including those in New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec, and Alberta.
Can Life Insurance Cover Your Funeral Expenses?
Short answer is YES. Your life insurer will pay a lump sum to your family or beneficiary upon your death. Your loved ones are free to use the funds to cover funeral expenses, including your funeral costs and other related costs such as paying for a columbarium.
Many people use a life insurance policy to cover final expenses. Assuming you are in reasonably good health, you can buy a life insurance policy with a medical exam instead, because these plans are cheaper than funeral insurance.
When shopping for a life insurance policy, adjust the face value so that it will be enough to cover end-of-life expenses in addition to your family’s other financial needs. Our life insurance calculator takes your end-of-life expenses into account while calculating how much life insurance you need.
How much funeral insurance coverage do you need?
Your final expense policy should be large enough to cover the kind of funeral you want. To get as accurate an estimate as possible, start by pre-planning your funeral or memorial service with a funeral home. Some of the main factors that can influence the cost of final arrangements include:
- Professional services fee
- Funeral service
- Burial or cremation
- Urns or headstones
Do I need final expense insurance?
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Whether you need funeral insurance depends on your health and financial condition.
Planning for your funeral in advance is a good idea. It will save your loved ones stress and money when the time comes. Buying a final expense insurance policy is one way to do that — but it is not the only way.
If you are in a good financial position, you can set aside money for your funeral, before the need arises. Talk to your family to let them know how you want these funds to be used.
If you are young and healthy, consider buying a term or permanent life insurance policy. Your family can use part of the proceeds to cover funeral expenses.
If you are on a tight budget, burial insurance may be better for you. Since these policies have smaller payouts, their premiums are lower than those of permanent life insurance.
For the elderly and people in poor health, funeral insurance may be a better option. When you are older, it can be less expensive than life insurance. And if you have a chronic health condition and want insurance for funeral costs, burial insurance may be your only option.
How much does a funeral cost in Canada?
The average cost for burial in Canada is between $5,000 and $10,000. But remember, the funeral costs can vary greatly depending on what you want.
Nobody likes to talk about death, but planning final arrangements in advance can take a lot of pressure off your loved ones. You can cover funeral costs and your end-of-life expenses with a life insurance policy or a final expense policy.
What is the cost of funeral insurance?
How much you will pay for funeral insurance depends on several factors. Your age, the policy type, and the coverage amount can all impact your premium rates. Like other life insurance products, a final expense policy costs increase as you grow older. Also, simplified issue life insurance is cheaper than guaranteed life.
How can I buy funeral insurance?
When looking for the right final expense coverage, speak to an independent insurance advisor. Dundas Life can help you find the best final expense insurance policy at the best price.