Should You Buy A Prepaid Funeral?

More and more people are paying for their funerals in advance. But there is controversy over whether this is a good idea.

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A story on told of a woman who had done just that — decades before she actually died. But she neglected to tell her family. When she did pass away, the family bought a funeral package. Later, going through her stuff, they found the documents showing that she had indeed paid for her funeral.

In this case, there was a fight with the funeral director over a refund.

The average price of a burial with vault is $8,000, the story says. Many of these prepaid plans have the person buying them pay over time.

But Josh Slocum, executive director of the Funeral Consumers Alliance, doesn’t recommend buying a prepaid plan. He says some prepaid plans can actually cost you more in payments over time than the amount a funeral would cost if it had not been paid for in advance.

Instead, he recommends setting up a “payable upon death” bank account. It will earn interest, be available in an emergency, and still provide financial support for your family when you pass away.

In any case, he says, make sure to talk to your family about your funeral wishes.

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