Funeral Benefit Option
Get an extra £250 towards the cost of your funeral with the Funeral Benefit Option – a free, optional add-on to your Guaranteed Over 50 Plan.
What is the Funeral Benefit Option?
The Funeral Benefit Option is a free, optional feature that you can add to your life insurance plan. If you opt in, this means your life insurance payout will go directly to a funeral director, and they will make a contribution towards the cost of your funeral.
How does the Funeral Benefit Option work with my plan?
If you’re planning to use the payout from your Guaranteed Over 50 Plan to help cover the cost of your funeral, the Funeral Benefit Option is a great way to put some plans in place – for free.
Once you've had your plan for a year, your payout will be paid directly to Dignity Funerals Limted to pay towards the cost of your funeral. And they'll also contribute £250 if a Dignity Funeral Director is used to conduct your funeral.
How much does a funeral cost in the UK?
The average funeral now costs around £4,000, and is estimated to reach £5,000 in 2028. Take a look at our Cost of Dying report for more. It's the UK's longest-running study into funeral costs.
Who are Dignity?
Dignity are one of the UK’s largest funeral companies. With around 750 locations across the nation, they provide an expert service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
How can I get Funeral Benefit Option on my plan?
It’s easy to add the Funeral Benefit Option when you take out your plan. Simply tick the box when prompted online. If you take your plan out over the phone, one of our team will ask whether you’d like to add it on.
If you already have an existing plan, you can still add the Funeral Benefit Option at any time. Simply call our team on 0800 008 6060.
You can also add the Funeral Benefit Option when topping up your cover with a new plan but you can only have the Funeral Benefit Option on one plan.
How does it work when my loved ones make a claim?
When the time comes, it couldn't be simpler for your family. All they'll need to do is make a single call to Dignity, and the Dignity Funeral Director will help them through all the arrangements.
What you need to know
- If your funeral costs less than your payout and the £250 contribution combined, we'll pay any money that's left over to your estate.
- If your funeral costs more than your payout and the £250 contribution combined, your family will need to pay the remaining balance to the Dignity Funeral Director. Please bear in mind that inflation will reduce the value of the cash sum and the £250 contribution.
- If you die before you've had your plan for a year, we won't pay out the full cash sum. Instead, we'll pay out everything you've paid to your loved ones, rather than to Dignity. However, Dignity will still contribute £250 towards the final cost of your funeral if a Dignity Funeral Director conducts your funeral. (Direct Cremations are excluded.)
- Your Guaranteed Over 50 Plan comes with Accidental Death Benefit. If you die as the result of an accident (or within 90 days of an accident because of your injuries) before you've had your plan for a year, the full payout will be paid to your loved ones, rather than Dignity. Dignity will still contribute £250 towards the final cost of your funeral if they conduct it.
Answers to your questions
No, the Funeral Benefit Option is free. Plus, it means you'll get an extra £250 towards your funeral, as long as you use a Dignity Funeral Director.
You can't add the Funeral Benefit Option to your plan if you already have one on another policy. This includes any over 50s life cover with another insurance provider.
If you decide you want your payout to go directly to your loved ones instead of to Dignity, you can cancel the Funeral Benefit Option, free of charge. This means Dignity will not contribute £250 towards your funeral.
The Funeral Benefit Option is only valid if your funeral is organised by a Dignity Funeral Director.
No, direct cremation funerals are excluded from the Funeral Benefit Option.
No, it's not available with the Guaranteed Inheritance Plan.
No, Dignity Funerals will not contribute £250 to your funeral if you cancel your SunLife plan.