Funeral cover versus life cover – know the difference

A life insurance policy factors in funeral cover benefits, offering a financial safety net for a family, which can be helpful in both the short and longer term.

Life insurance offers a wider range of protective cover for beneficiaries and insured policyholders in the event of life-changing circumstances, such as a sudden loss of income, the development of a severe disease or disability, or loss of life.

A stand-alone funeral policy offers cover for a family’s immediate needs following the loss of a loved one, providing financial support during a difficult period of time.

What are some of the key differences between the two when it comes to funeral cover?

Both policy types pay out a lump sum when an insured individual passes away. Funeral policies typically pay out within 24 hours once the necessary paperwork has been completed.

With a life policy, plans involve more than just funeral cost needs. This means that a lump sum pay-out will take an appropriate amount of time to process in order to provide all of the cover support a family would need following the loss of a loved one.

A life plan involves more long-term financial support for insured loved ones, with cover that may include severe illness and disability, as well as income and education protection.

Each policy type provides cover amounts for differently structured needs. For example, a funeral policy may provide R20 000 worth of cover, whereas a life insurance policy can offer, for instance, R250 000 worth of cover. The difference in cover amounts relates to the benefit structure of each.

A funeral policy covers just the short-term financial needs of a family, such as the costs of a burial or cremation, grocery purchases and airtime.

Which type of policy is best to choose?

Many people confuse the two policy types and see them as the same kind of offering. As the amount of cover each policy type offers is different, It’s wise to consider what your needs will be – both in the short and long-term before committing to a purchase.

1. Funeral benefits that take the very best care

Discovery Life’s funeral benefit is a comprehensive plan that protects your family from as little as R53 per month.

Along with funeral cover that pays out between R10 000 and R60 000 within 24 hours of the loss of a loved one, plans available offer several other valuable benefits. These include:

  • A double cash pay-out if an insured policyholder and their spouse pass away in an accident, up to a maximum of R100 000
  • An educational needs pay-out of up to R4 500
  • A cash lump sum of up to R3 600 which can be used for the purchase of groceries
  • Unveiling cover to the amount of R5 000
  • Automatic cover for a baby for the first three months after birth
  • Continued cover for a policyholder’s spouse and children should they pass away
  • Yearly premium paybacks of up to 17.5% for policyholders on the Classic Funeral Plan

2. Plans that enhance quality of life through comprehensive protection

Discovery Life offers comprehensive, flexible and market leading protective policies to take the very best care of your family’s needs with an array of supportive benefits. Plans are also structured to reward you for living well during your lifetime.

Other than comprehensive funeral cover, these policies also include Severe illness, Child protection, Capital di

Why is a Funeral Plan important?

Having a funeral plan in place is important to cushion yourself financially during a very tough time. While a funeral plan can never ease the pain of your loss, it can help to make the path ahead easier.

What are the benefits of funeral cover?

f you unexpectedly passed away tomorrow, would your loved ones be able to cover your funeral expenses? We consider three benefits of having this insurance in place.


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