Funeral Packages in South Africa
Whatever products and services you’re buying, you’ll find that prices vary depending on what’s all included. When it comes to funeral packages in South Africa it is no different, and while a basic funeral can cost in the region of R7 500, by adding in costly accessories you can be looking at 15, 20 and R25 000 or even more.
You could say that the cost of a regular funeral mainly depends on the type of casket you choose, and just with this one item alone there is a wide range of prices.
Death and funerals aren’t cheap affairs, and if you haven’t made provision for a burial or cremation, your family may well have to decide among themselves who will take care of these arrangements, and this can result in plenty of bickering.
Funeral Packages – You want the Full Package
The best funeral directors offer a full funeral service which includes, among others, green funerals, cremations, burials, repatriation services to and from South Africa, registration of death, hearses, floral arrangements, living funerals, catering and refreshments and much more. In fact the best funeral homes make it their mission to provide high quality care.
They offer a variety of funeral packages and plans that will literally take care of everything. At the end of the funeral, the family has complete peace and closure, and can continue with their lives.
Only Reputable Funeral Directors Will Do
Many funeral and burial businesses don’t publish funeral prices on their websites. This is so irritating and enough to make any customers want to look elsewhere. Marius du Plessis from Avbob, who is a group communications manager, reckons that the absence of prices is because the range of products and services is so large.
Du Plessis went on to say that the most basic funeral could be performed for about R7 500 give or take. Du Plessis also stressed how important it was to buy cover from a reputable insurer who is a member of a recognised funeral association in South Africa such as the National Funeral Directors Association. This will ensure all your funeral needs will be well catered for and that you will be paying fair prices for your products and services.
One of the biggest funeral directing companies in southern Africa, Doves, also offers different and affordable funeral service packages that cater for all funeral needs. Their seniors’ package, the All Nations Funeral Policy for instance:
- Covers the principal member, spouse as well as extended family members younger than 85.
- Premiums start at about R55 a month and for this you get coverage for up to 12 people as well as cover for 4 extended family members.
- There is a 3 month waiting period, after which the policy holder will be able to have access to money which will cover all the expenses of a funeral.
- They help with all ‘death documentation.
All services and products are always going to be subject to the the terms of the funeral package chosen. Doves also has the Saffas Burial Society, which has a maximum cover of R4000 for people over the age of 65.
Make Your Funeral Wishes Known
Funerals around the world differ completely, but they all have one thing in common – to honour the death of a loved one and to bring closure. The cost of these funerals all depend on the options and services you choose. Planning ahead is the best way to ensure your family doesn’t have to deal with all the costs on their own.
Do the right thing and plan ahead for your family’s sake. Research the different funeral packages and buy the one that offers precisely what you want for your unique situation and budget.
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