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Burial costs for different religions

If you are Jewish, Xhosa, Zulu, Hindu or Muslim you will bury your dead in a different way to the next person and the cost of a funeral in your culture will be different from that of others.

Christian funerals

A traditional Christian funeral in Africa is an expensive affair, with family and friends travelling from across the country to attend. The hosting family is not only expected to pay for the funeral proceedings and funeral service providers, but also need to provide catering for all guests. This often includes the slaughtering of sheep, goats or cows to feed all guests and usually tallies up a huge cost.

If you will need to pay for a funeral such as this you need to make provisions for this inevitable cost by taking out funeral cover now. Fill in our online form to receive comparative quotes for funeral cover from South Africa’s top insurance companies.

Jewish funerals

It is customary for Jewish relatives and family to pay for the burial of their dead out of their own pockets and very often the funeral is paid for from the estate of the deceased and the Chevrah Kadishah, responsible for the burial of all Jewish Individuals often have to wait until they are paid out from the estate once it is wound up.

Funeral insurance will then, of course, not apply to Jewish individuals and for those that cannot afford to pay for the dignified send-off that every single Jewish person deserves, the Chev will step in to assist.

While Jewish people prefer simplicity when it comes to burials, there are other cultures that pull out all the stops and make this a grand send-off, hence the necessity for sufficient funeral insurance cover.

Muslim funerals

Muslim funerals are not dissimilar to Jewish funerals as the dead are buried within 24 hours, prior to decomposition taking place.

Cremations are not permitted and the body is wrapped in sheets of clean, white cloth called the kafan. Burying in a coffin is disallowed in the Muslim tradition unless there is a necessity for health or legal reasons; for example if the body is badly damaged, or if the country of residence has burial laws which prohibits burial without a coffin.

Muslim cemeteries are exceptional in that they are all about unpretentiousness, minimalism and low costs. Glorifying the dead with elaborate monuments is avoided and the erection of cupolas, catacombs, figurines or any enduring structure on a grave site is discouraged. A humble name plate is used on Muslim graves for identification purposes.

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