Burial Insurance


DEFINITION of 'Burial Insurance '

A basic type of life insurance that is used to pay for funeral services and merchandise costs. This policy usually covers people until they reach the age of 100. Applicants do not have to go through a health exam in order to obtain it, they are usually asked to swear that they are not currently ill or in a nursing home.

BREAKING DOWN 'Burial Insurance '

Burial insurance is a cash policy, which means it builds a cash value over time. Premiums to this type of insurance do not change, and this policy provides permanent coverage. Some of the costs covered by this insurance include funeral service, cemetery plot and headstone, casket, funeral procession and other miscellaneous costs.

Also referred to as final expense insurance and funeral insurance.

  1. Insurance Proceeds

    The benefit proceeds paid out by any type of insurance policy ...
  2. Death Benefit

    The amount on a life insurance policy or pension that is payable ...
  3. Premium

    1. The total cost of an option. 2. The difference between the ...
  4. Insurance

    A contract (policy) in which an individual or entity receives ...
  5. Permanent Life Insurance

    An umbrella term for life insurance plans that do not expire ...
  6. Indemnity

    Indemnity is compensation for damages or loss. Indemnity in the ...
Related Articles
  1. Insurance

    Understanding Your Insurance Contract

    Learn how to read one of the most important documents you own.
  2. Home & Auto

    The History Of Insurance

    The first written policy appeared in Hammurabi's Code. Find out how it evolved from there.
  3. Insurance

    15 Insurance Policies You Don't Need

    Learn how to save money by saying "no" to unnecessary coverage.
  4. Home & Auto

    Exploring Advanced Insurance Contract Fundamentals

    Understanding your contract can help you protect our family's financial security.
  5. Home & Auto

    The History Of Insurance In America

    Insurance was a latecomer to the American landscape, largely due to the country's unknown risks.
  6. Retirement

    Talking To Aging Parents About Money

    Addressing this difficult topic is crucial, but you must approach it with compassion.
  7. Home & Auto

    Long-Term Care Insurance: Who Needs It?

    No one is immune to the possibility of one day needing long-term care - and the costs can deplete a life savings.
  8. Insurance

    Life Insurance: Putting A Price On Peace Of Mind

    Would your death leave loved ones financially stranded? Find out how to ease your mind and keep them protected.
  9. Insurance

    Medicaid Vs. Long-Term Care Insurance

    These are not equal. Here's why you need to think twice before relying on the government-sponsored program.
  10. Insurance

    Getting Life Insurance in Your 20s Pays Off

    Find out how Americans in their 20s can benefit from a well-thought-out life insurance policy, especially if they are able to build cash value for retirement.
  1. Can I borrow from my annuity to put a down payment on a house?

    You can borrow from your annuity to put a down payment on a house, but be prepared to pay an assortment of fees and penalties. ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What are the biggest disadvantages of annuities?

    Annuities can sound enticing when pitched by a salesperson who, not coincidentally, makes huge commissions selling them. ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What are the risks of annuities in a recession?

    Annuities come in several forms, the two most common being fixed annuities and variable annuities. During a recession, variable ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How can I determine if a longevity annuity is right for me?

    A longevity annuity may be right for an individual if, based on his current health and a family history of longevity, he ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Can your life insurance company sue you?

    A life insurance company generally cannot sue you, but it can sue your estate. The company may do this in order to recover ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Can your insurance company cancel your policy without notice?

    In most states, an insurance company must give a policyholder written notice of at least 30 days before canceling a policy. ... Read Full Answer >>

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Real Estate Investment Trust - REIT

    A REIT is a type of security that invests in real estate through property or mortgages and often trades on major exchanges ...
  2. Section 1231 Property

    A tax term relating to depreciable business property that has been held for over a year. Section 1231 property includes buildings, ...
  3. Term Deposit

    A deposit held at a financial institution that has a fixed term, and guarantees return of principal.
  4. Zero-Sum Game

    A situation in which one person’s gain is equivalent to another’s loss, so that the net change in wealth or benefit is zero. ...
  5. Capitalization Rate

    The rate of return on a real estate investment property based on the income that the property is expected to generate.
  6. Gross Profit

    A company's total revenue (equivalent to total sales) minus the cost of goods sold. Gross profit is the profit a company ...
Trading Center
You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!