Choosing affordable funeral cover in South Africa

29 November 2022
3 minute read
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Are you tired of sifting through funeral cover quotes, feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to choose? Look no further! In this guide, we will walk you through the process of selecting affordable funeral cover in South Africa.

Finding affordable funeral cover can be daunting, but with our expert tips, you'll be equipped to find the most suitable, budget-friendly funeral policy for you and your family. Don't let the fear of funeral costs weigh you down any longer. Take control of your future and embrace the peace of mind that comes with knowing you've made a wise investment in your family's financial security.

Get 40% discount on your monthly funeral cover premiums if you buy online.

Unveiling the true cost of funerals: A comprehensive breakdown

Funeral costs in South Africa vary widely depending on factors such as location, cultural practices, and personal preferences. They may include expenses for the casket, burial plot, funeral services, flowers, transportation and other related costs. On average, a modest funeral can cost between R15 000 and R30 000, while more elaborate funerals can reach R50 000 or more. Considering the potential financial strain, finding affordable funeral cover is essential.

How to find affordable funeral cover in SA:

  1. Get quotes from a range of providers: Compare quotes from multiple insurance providers to find the most affordable funeral cover options. This will help you identify the best policy for your needs and budget.
  2. Adjust cover amounts to make your cover more affordable: Consider adjusting the cover amount to fit your budget while still providing adequate protection for your family. Ensure that the policy you choose provides a balance between affordability and the cover you need to give your loved ones a dignified send off.
  3. Evaluate the policy carefully : Premiums and cover amounts are essential, but other factors should also be considered when buying a policy. These include benefits like repatriation services, premium increases, waiting periods, policy maintenance, claims processes and pay-outs, ease of purchase, and the number of family members you can cover.
  4. Read all policy documents before signing up: Carefully review all policy documents to understand the terms and conditions of your chosen funeral cover.
  5. Seek assistance from trusted sources: If you have any questions or concerns about funeral cover, consult brokers or advisers for guidance. They can provide valuable insights and help you make the best decision for your unique circumstances.

1Life Insurance’s affordable funeral cover in South Africa

Buying funeral cover online from 1Life Insurance is quick and easy and you can do it anytime and anywhere. Get a funeral cover quote in under 3 minutes and buy cover for you and your family in just 10 minutes. You’ll also save 40% on your premiums when you buy online.

1Life Funeral Cover policies pay out up to R50 000 per member, with cover available for main members, including spouses or partners, parents and children aged between 14 and 21 years as well as extended family members. Qualifying claims are typically paid within 24 hours of approval.

Additional policy benefits include:

  • Grocery benefit: if the main member passes away his/her family will receive a R6 000 grocery benefit
  • Memorial benefit: R5 000 is paid out to assist with buying a headstone for the unveiling
  • Repatriation service: a repatriation service is offered to transport the deceased from place of death from any SADC country and adhere to cultural requirements in this respect


In times of loss, funeral cover provides much-needed financial protection for families, including children, parents, in-laws, and extended family. Funeral policies help ease the financial burden associated with funeral expenses and allows loved ones to focus on grieving and healing. In South Africa, funeral costs can quickly add up, making it crucial for individuals to find affordable funeral cover that meets their needs.

By following the tips outlined above and considering factors such as policy benefits, premium increases, waiting periods, and claims processes, you can make an informed decision and choose the best policy for your needs.

Take the next step towards securing affordable funeral cover in South Africa by visiting Get a quote, buy your cover online, and experience the simplicity and peace of mind that comes with choosing 1Life Insurance for your funeral cover needs.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of 1Life Insurance or its employees.

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