I was recently thinking about the amount of planning and preparation that people put into a vacation or a wedding or purchasing a car or a home in order to make sure that they are getting what they want at an affordable price. Yet, many people do not make any plans for one of the most expensive purchases that they will ever make…their funeral and final expenses. Unless you plan in advance and shop around you are most likely going to have to pay top dollar. The average funeral in the United States costs about $6,500 according to the National Funeral Directors Association. Although the cost of final expenses can vary from state to state, the total sum can easily reach $10,000 according to the AARP.
3 Major topics need to be discussed when considering funeral and final expense funding:
1.) Plan ahead
Talk about your plans with your family members. Be sure to discuss your wishes and find out what is important to them as well
2.) Know your rights
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Funeral Rule requires that mortuaries present a price list of services, like a shoppers’ guide, to consumers before their death
3.) Shop around
Make sure that you are not spending too much money. It is a good idea to purchase life insurance to fund this important expense
While families should make decisions about funeral arrangements in advance, they should NOT pay for them in advance. Over time prices may go up and businesses may close or change ownership or a person could change their mind about their desired arrangements.
People who favor a traditional funeral and burial can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars by taking these simple steps. Many people say that they have found great meaning and peace in being able to carry out thoughtful funeral plans that honored their family members in an appropriate and affordable way. Purchasing life insurance is a great way to make sure that you will have the funds to cover your funeral and final expense plans. Be sure to meet with your financial representative to discuss this and all of your important financial needs.
Tom Newsad from Newsad Insurance Services can meet with you. Tom serves Middletown, Franklin, Trenton, Monroe, Liberty Township, Hamilton, Dayton, and Oxford.