Funeral pre-arrangement plans are designed to spare your family from the financial burden of paying for your funeral when the time comes. And it can be a financial burden, with a funeral (including burial) easily costing $10,000 or more. Making regular contributions allows your plan to cover the costs of your funeral when needed, so your family doesn't have to find a significant amount of money with very short notice. However, before committing to such a plan, you might be wondering — what happens if you pass away before the plan has been paid off?
Losing a loved one is challenging to everyone, regardless of how well they understand mortality. When a loved one passes on, the only temporary connection you have with them is through the physical body left behind. For centuries, people believed that the best way to give their loved ones a sendoff was by burying the body in its intact state. Some communities and civilizations even attempted to embalm and mummify bodies to preserve them.