What is burial insurance?
Burial insurance is a type of life insurance policy that provides funds to pay for your final expenses, including the cost of your burial and funeral.
How does burial life insurance work?
You request a price quote and apply for your burial policy. There’s no health exam and no health questions asked. Your rate per $1,000 of coverage is based on your age, gender and tobacco use, among other factors. Rates do vary by insurance company.
You may be able to apply completely online for your policy. Once approved you can start your life insurance immediately with your first month’s premium payment. Some insurers accept a check, a credit card, or allow you to make an electronic funds transfer from your bank account.
These burial policies do come with a money-back guarantee. You may have 15, 20, 30 or 60 days in which to request your policy be cancelled and receive a full refund of all premiums paid. The length of your money-back guarantee may vary by state in which you live.
When purchasing your policy you will select a beneficiary or beneficiaries who will receive the proceeds (death benefit) from your life insurance upon your passing.
Life insurance benefits are usually paid out free from income tax.
Who can get burial expense insurance?
Anyone who meets the age requirement may purchase a guaranteed approval burial life insurance policy. Some insurance companies offer coverage for different ages.
What ages are accepted for guaranteed approval burial coverage?
Is a medical exam required to get a guaranteed issue burial policy?
With burial expense insurance plans there is no health examination required.
There’s no physical exam, no blood test, no urine test, and no nicotine/smoker test.
What are graded benefits for burial life insurance?
Burial insurance usually has graded death benefits. This means you have limited death benefits the first 2 or 3 years you are insured by the life insurance policy.
Some insurers may pay out a return of your premiums paid plus interest if you were to die within the first or second year you are insured. Other insurers may pay a percentage of the death benefit if you pass away before the end of the graded benefit period.
What insurance companies offer burial expenses insurance?
There are several highly-rated insurance carriers that offer guaranteed approval burial insurance plans.
Among the leading providers are United of Omaha, Colonial Penn, AARP/NewYork Life, Gerber Life, Met Life and Vantis Life.
Who needs burial insurance?
Many people may have a need for guaranteed acceptance burial life insurance, including but not limited to the following:
Advantages of Burial Insurance Plans
There are several advantages to purchasing a life insurance plan for burial costs.
*Anyone can qualify for a policy.
Disadvantages of Burial Insurance Plans
There are a few drawbacks to burial life insurance coverage.
To learn more about burial expenses insurance and how it works, please watch the video below.
Sample Rates for Burial Life Insurance
These are sample rates for a guaranteed issue burial policy with a $7,000 death benefit. Keep in mind your rate could be higher or lower depending on your overall health and which company you choose. To get the most accurate rate, you should get a quote.
Sample Rates for a Male – $7,000 of Life Insurance
Age 45 - Non Smoker – $360 per year Smoker – $400 per year
Age 55 - Non Smoker – $466 per year Smoker – $554 per year
Age 65 - Non Smoker – $657 per year Smoker – $853 per year
Age 75 – Non Smoker – $1,020 per year Smoker – $1,380 per year
Sample Rates for a Female – $7,000 of Life Insurance
Age 45 – Non Smoker – $333 per year Smoker – $366
Age 55 – Non Smoker – $418 per year Smoker – $489
Age 65 – Non Smoker – $566 per year Smoker – $717
Age 75 – Non Smoker – $812 per year Smoker – $1,068