Things you need to know
†Source: The Royal London National Funeral Cost Index Report, 2020.
*Funeral Benefit Option is available to UK residents excluding Northern Ireland. Depending on the type of funeral plan chosen with Co-op Funeralcare, applicable discounts available are: £250 for Tailored Funerals, £100 for Essential Funerals and £50 for Direct to Cremation funerals.
It doesn’t cost anything to add the Funeral Benefit Option to your policy, but you do need to make sure you maintain the monthly payments on your policy. Failure to do so would result in your policy being cancelled, and in turn the Funeral Benefit Option also lapsing.
If your funeral with Co-op Funeralcare costs less than the combined value of the cash sum from your policy and the applicable discount, any money left over would be paid to your loved ones. However, if the funeral costs more than the combined value, your loved ones would have to pay the extra cost to Co-op Funeralcare director.
If you die of natural causes within the first year of taking out your Post Office Over 50s Life Cover policy, the full cash sum would not be payable. Instead, all the monthly payments you have already made, plus half as much again would be paid to your estate instead of Co-op Funeralcare. However, if your representative decide to use Co-op Funeralcare for your funeral, they would still be eligible for the discounts available towards the final cost of your funeral.
If you die as a result of an accident (see Post Office Over 50s Life Cover Terms and Conditions for an explanation of accidental death) within the first year of taking out your Post Office Over 50s Life Cover policy, the full cash sum would be paid to your estate rather than Co-op Funeralcare. However, if your representatives decide to use Co-op Funeralcare for your funeral, they would still be entitled to the discounts available towards the final cost of your funeral.
You can add the Funeral Benefit Option to your policy at any time, but only if you haven’t already added Funeral Benefit Option to any other Post Office Over 50s Life Cover policy, or any similar policy you hold with another provider.
If you already have a funeral plan you would not be able to add the Funeral Benefit Option to your policy. Also, if you decided to take out a funeral plan in the future, the Funeral Benefit Option would be cancelled. Once you remove the Funeral Benefit Option you cannot add it back on.
You can remove the Funeral Benefit Option at any time before your death, or you representatives can choose to remove it upon your death as long as they do so before Co-op Funeralcare has been instructed to provide your funeral service. If the Funeral Benefit Option is removed at any time, the cash sum from your Post Office Over 50s Life Cover policy would be paid to your estate and you will not be legible for the discounts available.
Please be aware that the inflation will reduce the value of the cash sum from your Over 50s Life Cover policy and the available discounts for Funeral Benefit Option.
The Funeral Benefit Option is not regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority or the Financial Conduct Authority.