What is Death Cover?

Death cover provides security in times of uncertainty

One of the best ways to secure your family’s future is by obtaining a death cover insurance policy. It is a traditional life insurance policy that backs up your ability in meeting your family's financial obligations in case you pass away unexpectedly. Death cover is commonly known as life cover in the Australian market.

What are the key features of life cover?

  • Lump sum payment. Death Cover provides a lump sum payment if the policyholder is to pass away
  • Final expenses. Additional benefits may be provided to cover funeral and financial planning expense
  • Additional cover. Some policies will let you add extra cover e.g. income protection to your policy.

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Protect what matters with a new eligible Virgin Life Insurance policy and you can earn up to 40,000 Velocity Points. Ends 31 October 2018. T&C’s apply.
Get a quote for up to $15 million in life insurance cover. Take out a policy before 28 September 2018 and get your first month free. T&C's apply
Join Qantas Life Protect and earn up to 200,000 Qantas points. T&CS apply.
Receive a 10% discount on the second person when two applications are submitted at the same time, and both policies are issued.
No expiry age as long as premiums are paid
Cover up to $1.5 million with Guardian Life Insurance.

A simple life insurance product that can offer up to $1,500,000 in a lump sum payment on death or diagnosis of terminal illness.
Get flexible life insurance up to the sum of $2,000,000.

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What are the features and benefits of death cover?

Death cover can deliver peace of mind for you and your family. If something happens, this type of insurance can help secure your family's future, and ensure that they don't need to face the burden of financial uncertainty while simultaneously coping with grief.

  • Lump sum payments in the event of death or terminal illness
  • Advance payments to help cover the immediate costs
  • Financial planning and counselling benefits for your family
  • Benefit payments available in the event of serious injury or illness

No one knows what will happen in the future, and it can be hard to tell what the immediate and ongoing effects of loss might have on your family. The range of benefits available with death cover policies can let you minimise the impact as far as possible, and take proactive steps to care for your children and partner.

Whether you want to ensure that your family can maintain their quality of life, not have to struggle with debts and mounting bills in your absence or simply want to minimise the financial burdens of loss, you can choose cover to suit.

What type of expenses am I covered for?

Some of the expenses that death cover can provide relief for, include:
  • Rent or mortgage repayments
  • Children’s education expenses
  • Daily living expenses and needs, such as food and clothing
  • Costs to hire housekeeper or nanny
  • Home maintenance costs
  • Funeral expenses
  • Legal expenses
  • Estate settlement costs

How do I determine my life insurance needs?

It is difficult to set a standard insurance policy that would apply to all policy holders. There is not just one death cover that can be considered to be ideal to all, which is why it is important to assess and compare different policies to determine which plan would be most suitable to you and your family's needs. Deciding on the death cover amount to insure may not be such as a simple task, but the best way to calculate the right amount to match your needs, consider:

  • You current annual income. Replacing your lost income for the years required
  • Short-term and long-term debts. This often includes mortgage, credit card debts, personal loan, and car loan
  • Your immediate expenses. This includes food, clothing and shelter (rent payments, if you don't own your home)
  • Your children's education expenses. Consider the number of children you have and their respective ages to determine the total amount of expenses
  • Emergency funds. Work out how much of your expenses such as a funeral arrangement, medical treatments, legal fees and estate settlement costs can be covered by your savings.

You can use a life cover calculator to give you an indication on how much you may need for a death cover. If you require further assistance, an experienced death cover agent can help you in determining an ideal amount that will match your needs situation, as well as providing tailored advice on life policies that suit what you require.

What forms of death cover is available?

The two main types of life insurance are term life insurance and funeral cover, both of which can pay out the full sum insured on death. If you are not eligible to obtain term life insurance (such as due to medical conditions or age), a funeral plan may be a good option.

Term life insurance is generally a more flexible and detailed type of cover than funeral insurance. It lets you choose from a wider range of benefits and payout conditions that suit your needs, and will often have significantly higher maximum benefits than funeral insurance. Generally a term life insurance policy is designed to help provide for one's partner or family in years to come, and can be adjusted over the years as you enter different life stages, and your financial needs and obligations change.

A funeral plan lets you take out a specific amount of cover, such as $20,000, which is paid to your beneficiary when you die and can be spent at their discretion. It can be an important form of cover to help with the administrative costs and mortuary fees, as well as the funeral itself. For example, your beneficiary might use it to help the rest of your family travel to the funeral when it might otherwise be cost-prohibitive, make sure their own affairs are in order or anything else. You can generally have two people on the same funeral plan, and should either one pass away, the other can receive the benefits. This can make it a useful and relatively affordable way of planning ahead.

Death cover for different life stages

Can death cover pay for accidents and injuries?

In the event of a fatal accident or injury, death cover of both types, funeral plans and term life insurance, can pay out, while some benefits may also be available for survivable accidents or injuries, although these are generally only available with term life insurance policies.

What is funeral cover?

Funeral cover is a simple insurance product that can provide many benefits and you have the flexibility to choose the amount you want to insure yourself for. If you are in the older age group and have little debt all, you may want to consider a funeral plan that will take care of your funeral costs, which can be quite considerable in this day and age. Funeral costs are the type of expenses that you wouldn't want to burden your loved ones with and with a funeral plan in place, your family can be rest-assured that they can afford the arrangement that you would've wanted.

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Richard Laycock

Richard is the Insurance Editor at finder, and has been wrangling insurance Product Disclosure Statements for the last 4 years. When he’s not helping Aussies make sense of the fine print, he can be found testing the quality of Aperol Spritzes in his new found home of New York. Richard studied Journalism at Macquarie University and The Missouri School of Journalism, and has a Tier 1 certification in General Advice for Life Insurance. He has also been published in CSO Australia and Dynamic Business.

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