Burial insurance for seniors
If any source gives you a list of the 'best' burial insurance companies, that source either doesn't know what it's talking about, has personal interest in selling you those companies, or worst of all, has been paid to lie to you.

Best Burial Insurance for Seniors in 2023

There are around one hundred life insurance companies with dedicated burial insurance plans. When you go online and search for the best burial insurance companies for seniors, all you get is a bunch of websites offering you their favorites.

It is easy to believe what you see online at a ‘credible’ website. The generic use of the word ‘best’ for the companies they offer is just misleading. The right word to use is ‘suitable’.  What is the best for one may not work for another.

Which is the best burial insurance company?

  • the one that has been in business for a while;
  • has the right kind of plan for you and,
  • you happen to qualify for that plan at an affordable rate. 

There usually is an underwriting guideline that disqualifies you with one company, but qualifies with you another.

For example, if someone is 5′ 11″ tall and 380 lbs., the fact is that most companies will either deny coverage or offer a graded/modified burial policy. There are a very small number of companies that don’t underwrite based on height and weight chart. The only option left in this case is to go to one of those companies for burial insurance and see if it qualifies you.

Now, is it going to be affordable?

That’s up to you. Affordability is relative. The premium of a life insurance policy, including burial insurance is based on age, health and lifestyle. How much coverage you are looking for also matters.

Matching you with the a company that offers you the best burial insurance option at a price you can afford is what an insurance agent supposed to do.
Many a times, I have talked to people who are set on getting a certain about of coverage but can’t afford that. Sometimes they give up in frustration, and keep going without a financial protection for the the loved ones who might have to beg, borrow or, steal to give them a decent burial in the end.

I am taking insulin for diabetes. But otherwise, I am in perfect health.

It is interesting how many times I have heard a statement like that. I am always smiling when I hear that over the phone. The fact is, forget about diabetes, heart attack, cancer or stroke, if you just have high blood pressure, you are not well.

So which insurance company will be the best fit for you?

The other factors that play a role in that decision are:

  • the method of premium payment, and
  • the total amount of coverage you want.

Not every insurance company will accept a credit card, debit card, or a Direct Express card. But everyone accepts a checking or savings account. So, in this case, the most suitable and best burial insurance company is the one that takes your premium using the payment method that best suits you.

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Guaranteed acceptance burial insurance. No exam. No health questions.
Guaranteed Issue Burial Insurance, also known as Guaranteed Acceptance is a whole life insurance policy designed for those who, due to chronic or other serious health conditions, cannot qualify for final expense insurance.
No exam. No health questions. No decline.

The Truth about Guaranteed Issue Burial Insurance


      • Available for those between the age of 40 – 80
      • Cash value whole life policy for amounts between $2,000 – $35,000
      • Two-year modified death benefit
      • No health questions
      • No medical exam
      • You cannot be declined

Guaranteed Acceptance and Waiting Period

Factually speaking, there are no guaranteed issue final expense plans without a waiting period. Usually, it lasts about two years. If the insured dies in the first two years, the insurance company will add a 10% interest (depending upon the carrier) on the paid premiums and send a refund to the beneficiary. A lot of people object to the waiting period, and want their burial insurance policy to pay full death benefit immediately.

It is possible to get a coverage without a waiting period. All you have to do is to apply when your health is not in a shambles. I am sure all of us know that insurance companies are not charitable organizations. Like everyone else, they also play by the numbers game. Having said that, please keep in mind that the majority of those looking for burial life insurance do qualify for plans without a waiting period.

Many a times, I hear angry prospects telling me that they would rather put their money in the bank. Well, I would like to know which bank will give you 10% interest on your deposit for the first two years, and then upon your death, offer the entire principal income-tax free.
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How much does Guaranteed Issue (guaranteed acceptance) burial insurance cost?

The cost of burial insurance for seniors depends on four factors:

  1. your age
  2. your health(which in case of guaranteed acceptance is irrelevant)
  3. the state you live in, and
  4. the amount of coverage you want.

Here are a few examples of the rates from a few of the most affordable A or A+ rated insurers. The premiums have been rounded to the nearest 100. Subject to change by the insurance company.

Guaranteed Acceptance Burial Insurance Rates

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Here is an an example of guaranteed issue or guaranteed acceptance burial insurance application.

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There are four kinds of final expense or burial insurance plans. All of these require no exam to qualify. But only the guaranteed acceptance burial insurance asks no health questions. The table below offers a clarity on the premium comparison. If you have any questions, give us a call at 866.526.7264.

Types of Final Expense Plans and their Rates

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Face amount: $15,000

Level Benefit Whole Life
Minor health issues
(just answer a few questions to qualify)
$62.90 / $53.61
Modified Benefit Whole Life
Minor to serious health issues
(just answer a few questions to qualify)
$93.18 / $72.42
Graded Benefit Whole Life
Minor to serious health
(just answer a few questions to qualify)
$107.54 / $82.54
Guaranteed Acceptance Whole Life
Uninsurable health
(no questions asked)
$127.28 / $93.45
Please note: The rates quoted are estimates and are subject to underwriting by the insurance carrier. Rates do not include optional riders. For a no-obligation consultation, call us at 1.866.526.7264.

Top Insurance Companies that Offer Guaranteed Acceptance in 2024

  1. AIG
  2. Gerber Life
  3. Great Western

The following burial insurance quote engine quotes guaranteed acceptance final expense plans. If your health is in a reasonable shape, and you can qualify for other burial insurance plans as well, you will need to talk to a licensed professional (866.526.7264) to find out which final expense insurance plans you will qualify for. In order to an idea of premiums, please visit our BURIAL INSURANCE PAGE to run real time quotes for all types of plans. Remember, the premium and plan availability depend entirely upon your age, health, the state you live in, and the amount of coverage you are looking for.

By regulatory laws, agents and brokers offering life insurance products cannot charge a fee for service from a client. Therefore, your premium is exactly what an insurance company asks for and not a penny more.

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The Goodman Triangle and and Gift Tax

The Goodman Triangle Explained

The ‘Goodman Triangle’ refers to a court case (Goodman vs. Commissioner of Internal Revenue) in 1946. Read here about this in detail. The gist of this case was that life insurance policies were purchased with the insured, the owner and, the beneficiary as three different entities. This caused a gift-tax situation. Most of us know that the life insurance proceeds are federal income tax free.

So, if you have $1,000,000 in the bank and, also a $1,000,000 life insurance plan, upon your death, what you had in your bank will be considered your estate and will be appropriately taxed. Whereas, the life insurance policy proceeds will be untouchable. Life insurance has a unique position in financial planning. No one can touch the death benefit upon insured’s death. It just belongs to the beneficiary.

Let’s consider this situation:

  • A = insured
  • B = the owner, the one who pays for the policy, and
  • C = the beneficiary, the one who receives the death benefit proceeds upon the death of the insured.

Let’s say B buys a life insurance policy on A and, makes C the beneficiary. A lot of time this situation comes where a parent wants to buy a cash value whole life plan on the kids and also make the kids the primary beneficiary of the on each other’s policy.
According to the US tax code, upon the the death of the insured, death benefit now becomes a gift from the parent to the child (beneficiary). As a result, it is taxable as income. Learn more about gift tax at IRS.gov.

To avoid this situation, for all life insurance policies

  • the insured and the owner have to be the same, or
  • the owner and the primary beneficiary must be the same person.
Well, next time you want to buy a life insurance policy on one of your loved ones, you now know what not to do.
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Limited Pay Life Insurance

By now, I must have talked to a few thousand people looking into life insurance to protect their loved ones. I have not met a single person who wants to pay a premium forever. Whether it is a car, a house, or a life insurance policy, as soon as you are done paying the final premium, there is a special kind of relief as if a pall of freedom just dawned over your life.

What is Limited Pay Life Insurance?

Most of these plans are either universal life or whole life insurance plans. Both are custom-designed to suit what the client wants. You can choose to pay a single premium for your life insurance policy or spread the payments over the years.

A couple of years back, a 34 years old female in good health came to me through a referral. She had a guaranteed universal life insurance plan that covered her until the age of 121. She was paying about $90 per month to keep that policy. She was glad about the fact that unlike a 30 years term insurance, her policy will keep her covered for entire life. So I asked her, “Are you comfortable with the fact that you will pay your premium until age 100.” “I wish I don’t have to,” was her answer. Very logical and reasonable.

Long story short, since she purchased that policy only in the last one year, I managed to find her the best class premium from an A+ rated carrier and she agreed to pay a premium of $125 monthly only until the age of 65. After that, the guaranteed universal life policy would continue until the age of 121. Not a single extra premium had to be paid after age 65. In my experience, most people would like to have something like that if they can afford it. Nobody wants premium on a life insurance policy forever.

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Single Pay Term Life Insurance

A handful of life insurance companies offer their customers to pay a single premium on a term life insurance plan. By choosing this option, you can end up saving up to 33% on the total premium of a 10, 15, 20, or 30 years term policy.

If you want a personalized quote on single premium term plan, give us a call at 1 866 526 7264.

Single Pay Universal Life Insurance

Most of these plans are guaranteed universal life plans with almost to no cash values. Their biggest benefit is:
• that you will never pay another premium, and
• your loved one will have the financial protection from your life insurance policy as long as you live.
(I am assuming that no one lives all the way to 121).

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Single Pay Whole Life Insurance

Most of these plans are participating or non-participating plans with cash values. Their biggest benefit is:
• that you will never pay another premium, and
• your loved one will have the financial protection from your life insurance policy as long as you live.
• that if you have a participating whole life plan, your death benefit or face amount of the policy will also increase over time. That works as a kind of inflation protection.
• that you can borrow loans from your own cash values in the policy and pay back with time.
• that this method of self-financing can be successfully used of you start with a whole life plan early in life.

What is Modified Endowment Contract (MEC)?

A simple explanation is that is it an overfunded life insurance policy. The only time MEC makes a difference is when you have large cash values in the policy. Without those MEC is inconsequential.
A modified endowment contract gets the same treatment as a non-qualified annuity contract.
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How to Avoid a MEC?

• Make limited premiums into the policy for few years ( 7 years and above).
• If you want to get a single premium whole life insurance, make sure that the company offers a premium deposit fund.

“It is an account that allows you to pre-pay policy premiums with one lump sum, without causing the policy to be a Modified Endowment Contract (MEC). This allows your policy to keep the favorable tax treatment provided by life insurance while earning a competitive interest rate.
Each year, the specified annual premium is automatically transferred from this account to your life insurance policy. This is a convenient and systematic way to fund your policy, while providing you with peace of mind.” (source: Penn Mutual)

It's peace of mind for a lifetime.

Limited pay life insurance plans are simply custom designed plans that allow you to pay your premiums for as long as you want to pay into the policy while making sure that the policy remain active for whatever number of years you choose. Usually, guaranteed universal life and whole life insurance plans offer coverage until the age of 121.

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whole life insurance for teenagers

A cash value whole life insurance policy can be a great option for younger population. These life insurance plans not only work as a life insurance policies but also accumulate deferred cash over time. The insured can use this cash to fulfil whatever he or she needs and wants in the future.
The premium of a whole life insurance plan for a depends upon how the policy is designed. Something else also needs to be kept in mind when looking to set it up for a teenager.
There are two kinds of whole life insurance plans in the market:

  1. Non-participating whole life
  2. Mostly stock companies offer non-participating policies the annual profits are not shared and no dividends are paid to the policyholders.
  3. Participating whole life
  4. Almost all mutual companies offer participating whole life. Every year, they allow a portion of the company’s profits to be paid out in the form of policy dividends as refunds. This allows an accelerated deferred cash accumulation overtime.

The premium for a $500,000 participating policy for a male in good health is $305.37 monthly. Whereas the premium for the same policy for a female is $265.79 monthly.
The non-participating policy premium is usually lower. For example, it is $197.12 for a male and $177.32 for a female.

Single Premium Whole Life

For how long you want to pay the premium depends entirely on you. A whole life can be from a single premium whole life to any number of years that you desire to pay. Once the premiums are paid, you no longer put anything into the policy. But your cash value keeps increasing over the years. In a participating plan, even the death benefit increases over time. This gives a kind of inflation protection to the beneficiary.

For example, a single premium for $500,000 non-participating whole life for a 19 years old non-smoker female in excellent health is $48,425. For a 19 years old male, the same policy will cost a single premium of $56,485.

It is important to understand the difference between these two whole life insurance plans. It is even more important if the target of a whole life policy is to accumulate as much cash value as possible over time.

Participating whole life plans are primarily sold by mutual life insurance companies. A few of these carriers include Penn Mutual, Mass Mutual, and New York Life. Since these companies don’t have stockholders, part of the gains they have for a given year is shared with the policy holders. These are called dividends. As a result, the cash value accumulation is much larger in participating cash value whole life insurance policies.

Non-participating whole life policies do not offer dividends. These plans offer an interest rate of usually between 2 – 3%. Because of this, the cash value accumulation is not that sharp. That is the reason why these plans are less expensive compared to participating whole life plans.

Also keep in mind that whole life insurance plans can be and should always be custom-designed to suit your need and affordability.

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Pros and cons of term life insurance

Affordability Matters

Term life insurance is perhaps the most sold life insurance plan in America. One of the biggest reasons is that term life offers you the highest death benefit for the lowest premium.

Limitations of Term Life Insurance

It covers you for only a specific period of time at a level premium and works like renting or leasing. Usually, the time spans are 10,15, 20, 25 and 30 years. A couple of companies have also introduced 35 and 40 years term (age and state restrictions apply). AIG offers a term plan which allows a applicant to select any number years between 10 and 35. If you happen to die within that time, your beneficiary will receive the life insurance proceeds federal income tax-free.

But if you live through that period, the premiums you paid for those years are gone.
To counter that disadvantage, a few life insurance companies offer a return of premium term life insurance options. These plans cost you more, but at the end of the term, you get a refund of all the premiums you paid, minus any loans. No matter which type of term life insurance you take, at the end of the term you have no coverage on yourself.

Renewable Term Life Insurance

Now, most term life insurance plans are annually renewable at the end of the term. However, it is financially impossible for most people to maintain a term life policy after the term ends. The rates are exorbitantly high. For example, a 40 years old male can pay as little as $105.75 per month or $1,269 annually for a 30-year term insurance for a $1000,000 coverage. At the end of 30 years, if he wants to renew his policy, his premium jumps from $1,269 to $44,264 per year. Also, the premium keeps increasing every year thereafter. So renewability of a term insurance policy is really a joke. Refer to this image below for details.

Term Life Insurance Illustration

For some people, this product works like a charm. It protects the family’s ability to keep on paying the mortgage on the house or any other loan in case of sudden death of the income provider. It also provides much needed financial protection to the family when children are growing up. Basically, term life insurance works well when you want to cover temporary financial obligations.

For those who are looking for a longer term of coverage guaranteed universal life insurance is the best option.


Financial Heaven or Hell

I recently met someone who purchased a $1M, 20-year term life insurance with a thought that after twenty years he will not need any kind of life insurance because he will by that time make it financially. The guy is a 42-year old realtor and is not my client. I really hope and wish that everything works out for him the way he has planned his finances. BUT…what in case they don’t!

He has a mortgage, a young 11-year old daughter, and a non-working wife.

What if his wife outlives him by 10 years much later in life when he has no life insurance on him? If his financial gains are strong and the income is going to continue even after when he is gone, the spouse will do just fine. Otherwise, she will have to go through a financial hell that the realtor has not anticipated.

In the last 20 years, I have talked to a number of people who bought term life when they were young and later in life wanted permanent coverage that could last until the end of life. The only reason they bought term life insurance was because it was the least expensive option.

By the time, they come to this realization; many of them cannot afford to buy a permanent life insurance plan (coverage beyond age 100) or end up paying very high premiums. Your premium at this stage is based on your current age and health. The older you are, the higher you pay, even if you are in good health.

Options to Convert Term Life Insurance

Most term life insurance plans come with an option to convert the entire or partial amount of death benefit to a permanent life insurance plan (coverage beyond age 100). The time period within which you can convert depends on what the carrier offers.

The biggest advantage of conversion is that the insured doesn’t have to go through a medical exam to qualify. You may have any number of illnesses or diseases but you cannot be clinically disabled. Just agree to pay your new premium and you are set. Also, you can mostly convert the entire term policy or part of the policy into a permanent plan.
The biggest disadvantage is that the longer you wait to convert, the higher you pay.

I always suggest my clients to layer their life insurance plans, depending on what they can afford and what their needs are today and also their anticipated needs in the future.

It is important to mention that one can have multiple life insurance policies to take care of various kinds of needs in life.

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Difference between No Exam Life Insurance and Traditional Term

A no exam life insurance or, a non-med term life insurance plan is different from a traditional term plan where in order to get the coverage, the applicants to go through a free mini-medical exam.
A nurse/paramedic visits you at your location of choice; and depending on how old you are and how much coverage you have applied for, takes your blood pressure reading, draws blood, confirms your height and weight etc. The underwriter at the carrier depends on this to figure out how much risk an insurance company is taking in giving you a life insurance coverage. This plus a few other pieces of information on your health which are requested in the backend dictate what your premium is going to be. The average time from application submission to approval is between 4-8 weeks.

A few reputable insurance companies forgo the medical exam part altogether, especially if you are in good health. They do, however, charge a little extra premium for this option. For those who are not comfortable with a medical exam, this can be a great option. Please keep in mind that this a privilege and not a right. If the other reports on you show bad health, this option of no exam may be withdrawn by the company.

Why would you consider a no-exam, instant issue term life insurance?

  • If you are trying to secure a business loan and urgently need a life insurance policy to finalized it.
  • You need to list children a beneficiaries in a divorce decree.
  • Aslo, if you hate needles and medical exams, this life insurance option can be your savior.

No Medical Exam Life Insurance

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A lifetime of life insurance

Sometime back a potential client in average health called me from New Jersey. At 41, he had suffered through a history of high blood pressure and depression for quite a while. A non-smoker and otherwise in good shape, this family law attorney got married a couple of years back and now his wife was pregnant with their first child.

He wanted a guaranteed lifetime of life insurance coverage of $1,000,000 on himself. At the same time, he did not want to pay premiums for the rest of his life. I offered him had a 30-year term, a 30-year return of premium term, a universal life insurance plans without cash values with the last premium to be paid at age 65; and participating whole life insurance with cash values (pay only till 65).
Of course, I looked into multiple insurance carriers to find him the best options. Here is what I found. His 30-year term was for $228 monthly; return of premium term for $446; universal life plan (pay only till 65) for $850 monthly; and whole life for $1,786 monthly. A 30-year term for $228 monthly premium made the most sense to him at this point in life.

But his heart was set on a policy with a lifetime of coverage. He also wanted to come back in a few years when his practice would begin to do better and convert the term policy into a permanent life insurance plan.  This is where it becomes tricky. Since there are always multiple insurance carriers fighting for your business, it is not always a good idea to go with the one that offers the lowest premium. In his case, for a few dollars more, I found him an A+ rated solid carrier with excellent options to convert to a whole life or guaranteed universal life in future.

The lowest premium term life insurance policy may not be the best option for you.


A Quick Comparison of Life Insurance Premiums

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Face amount: $1000,000
10 Years Term
(convertible to guaranteed universal and whole life)
$19 monthly
20 Years Term
(convertible to guaranteed universal and whole life)
$34 monthly
30 Years Term
$64 monthly
30 years
Refund of Premium Term
$132 monthly
Universal Life (pay only till 65)
(Lifetime of coverage without cash values)
$583 monthly
Whole Life (pay only till 65)
(Lifetime of coverage with cash values)
$1,446 monthly
Please note: The rates quoted are estimates and are subject to underwriting by the insurance carrier.
Rates do not include optional riders. For a no-obligation consultation, call us at 1.866.526.7264.

In my experience, most people who buy a term life insurance policy do it because they could not afford the higher premium of a permanent policy. Since our needs and affordability change over time, it is always a good idea to talk to your insurance advisor before accepting a life insurance carrier. You want to make sure that if you cannot purchase a lifetime of coverage today, you do have reasonable options to pick one in future.


Since most of us do not live beyond the age of 120, a permanent life insurance policy guarantees a financial cushion or in many cases a financial legacy for your loved ones. If purchased at the right time in life, a

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