According to the Wall Street Journal several Life insurance Companies are now offering funeral industry related services. This was made apparent Monday when immediately after receiving a federal bailout the Hartford Insurance Company announced it was teaming up with EVEREST -a funeral concierge and planning service.
Snippet: from the May 19th Wall Street Journal Article:“Legal help for probate and professional help for funeral planning are among the services being bundled into group-coverage packages by a growing number of companies.Inc.; Inc.; ING Employee Benefits, a subsidiary of NV; and Inc. are among those joining the trend.”
There is a new emerging funeral industry as the traditional funeral business is buckling under economic pressures and life insurance companies are taking a role in funerals is just a small part of this. Many time times the life insurance company refers to this as end of life services.
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Details are at the Wall Street Journal online. The life insurance companies always have been closely associated with the funeral industry in that cashing in a life insurance policy is how many funerals are paid for. More information on the Hartford-Everest team up can be found here.
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