Having your memorial service or burial prepaid lifts a heavy burden off the shoulders of your loved ones. Funerals are expensive; they can easily cost five figures, though the average cost in 2004 for a memorial service was just below that at $6,500. If your family doesn’t have that kind of liquid cash on hand at a moment’s notice -- and more if you want a particularly pricey burial-- you have to plan ahead for the eventuality.
Burial insurance is one way to provide that money for your family when the time comes. These policies are more affordable than life insurance because the value is often rather low-- somewhere around $5,000 to $25,000.Once you pass, the total benefits of your policy go directly to your beneficiary. Any additional money not used on funeral costs can be allocated to pay other final expenses such as legal costs,outstanding medical bills and credit card debt.
Thinking about your own death isn’t a picnic,but preparing for your memorial services, burial and the costs that come with them can help your family during a difficult time. When planning your funeral,you don’t have to stick with what you know. Look into alternative burial methods and memorial services that reflect your personality so your family canfeel your presence one last time. Paying for an awesome memorial doesn’t go cheap, though. Thankfully, burial insurance is an affordable way to ensure yourfamily has the $5,000 to $25,000 they’ll need when the time comes. Any extra benefits from the payout can be used to clear off any debts you leave behind.