Basic Funerals for South Africans
Basic funerals are not something one needs to be ashamed of. Respect and love for the deceased is not lessened if you can’t afford an extravaganza.
These days a typical funeral in South Africa can cost a small fortune. There are many well-to-do people who are willing to pay far more than the basic 7, 8, 9 or R10 000 for a funeral. In the black communities a funeral is cause for massive celebrations that can cost more than R50 000.
African funerals are mostly large-scale and they are shared with the community. We’re living in difficult economic times, and many people are seeing the wisdom of basic funerals. If you’re concerned more about reputation and status and showing off and less about saving money then its your own fault if you land up in debt.
Basic Funerals or extravaganzas?
The beauty about basic funerals is that everything regarding costs is provided beforehand. A reputable funeral services provider will give you an estimated cost based on your needs. You won’t find any hidden or unexpected costs coming your way.
A reputable basic funeral services provider won’t compromise on quality either and they offer the same amount of professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication to every funeral, no matter how simple or extravagant.
It is true that some people stipulate what kind of funeral they want and they make provision for this type of funeral. If they didn’t make plans for what they wanted, then a basic funeral will more than suffice.
Lots of Options with Basic Funerals
With basic funerals, you still get options – burial, cremation, green burial, memorial service, you can decide which one suits your lifestyle. Many people dread the admin part of death such as who, where and how one goes about arranging the death certificate – the document which confirms a person’s death.
With a basic funeral plan in place, this is the kind of assistance you get – they take care of all the legal documentation for you, saving you a lot of frustration and time.
Basic Funeral Plans are so Affordable
For your convenience, arrangements for basic funerals can be easily managed online too. Death can occur suddenly. The only way to make sure your loved ones don’t have to struggle with finding the money to pay for your funeral is to invest in a funeral plan.
Basic funeral plans start with premiums as low as R25 per month, there are no medical exams to undergo and they will pay a substantial amount of around R25 000 to R30 000 at your death. This will be more than enough for a basic funeral. The money will be paid out to you within 48 hours after you have submitted all the necessary documents.
Bond rates are going up, petrol and food prices are soaring, and with families already under great financial stress, even life’s last great event – death – is met with massively escalating funeral expenses. There is a solution though…..
Basic, Decent, Unpretentious Simplicity
Do plenty of research on the different funeral plan providers because even in the 21st century, when everything seems to be spinning out of control, there are still pockets of excellence – people who provide genuine, affordable basic services.
Simple funerals won’t astonish and amaze everyone with their grandness, but will provide you with the peace of mind that you offered a meaningful, decent send off for your loved one.
Best of all you won’t have bitter feelings because you’ve got no more money and your fair-weather friends have all disappeared because your money has gone and you’ve got nothing left to offer them.
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