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Does AVBOB Funeral Insurance Cover Cremation and Aquamation?

Experiencing death in the family can be a tragic and emotional affair. There is already so much to think about and do, that one can often be overwhelmed by an important decision that needs to be made.

AVBOB offers various options when deciding how to best lay the deceased to rest:

Cremation: A History of Fond Farewells

Cremation has been around for thousands of years. It reduces your loved one’s body to its essential elements using an open flame. The deceased’s body is placed in a casket before being put into a specially designed furnace called a cremation chamber. After the process is complete, the remaining ashes are placed in an urn and returned to the family.

There are several advantages to cremation. Families may choose to keep the ashes and can travel with the urn should they relocate. Survivors may also choose to scatter the ashes in a place that holds special memories, and there is less of an economic burden.

In South Africa, traditional burials have always been the norm, but flame-based cremations have grown in popularity and have become a real alternative in recent years.

Aquamation: A Natural Way to Say Goodbye

Aquamation offers an alternative type of cremation. Using water, rather than fire, to return your beloved’s body to nature. Aquamation uses a combination of water flow, temperature, and alkalinity to smooth out nature’s journey.

For many people it represents the circle of life, starting with a water baptism, and culminating in a farewell of gentle, supportive water.

The memorial ceremony of a traditional cremation, and the returning of the ashes to the family remain unchanged. In this way, families can either keep the ashes or scatter them in a loving ritual.

It’s also commonly accepted that aquamation is the most environmentally-friendly way of laying a loved one to rest. This is a boon, as people in general have become more conscious of the negative environmental impact of the burning of fossil fuels.

  • Aquamation produces no harmful greenhouse gases.
  • Its carbon footprint is just 1/10th of flame cremation.
  • Around a third more of the ash remains are returned to the family.

We at AVBOB are proud to say that we are the first undertakers to offer funeral insurance that caters to the gentle goodbye of aquamation in South Africa, and Africa as a whole.

AVBOB Funeral Insurance is Here for You Whichever Goodbye You Choose

Everybody is different. We all want to say goodbye to our loved ones in our own unique and special way.

We understand that.

We’re proud to be able to offer funeral insurance that offers loved ones a choice of farewell means and ceremonies. Whether it’s a traditional burial, a standard cremation, or an eco-friendly aquamation, our funeral insurance means that the choice is entirely yours to make.

Rest assured though, that, whatever type of goodbye you choose, AVBOB will make sure that your loved one will receive a farewell that is full of the respect and dignity that they deserve.

Please contact AVBOB for any queries you may have on funerals and your funeral insurance policies. Call us on 0861 28 26 21 or e-mail

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