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Funeral Policies: Why They Are Essential During COVID, And Beyond

You might be forgiven for thinking the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Our country, having entered Level 1, has now relaxed many of the restrictions that we’ve all had to face. Our nation’s leader, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has even said, “The country has now clearly passed the second wave. “

Indeed, this development has been welcomed. The country has been in lockdown for over a year, since the first local case of COVID-19 was confirmed on March 5.

COVID’s risk reduction means a low viral spread, as well as high healthcare readiness. It’s news we can all, as a country, be proud of, having embraced the ground rules of a safer South Africa: wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and practicing strict hygiene.

It also means that we are now allowed larger gatherings, extended alcohol availability, a shorter curfew, and, indeed, the resumption of most normal activity.

Therein lies the danger. Although moving to Level 1 is a welcome step, it also brings about the possible, and, in fact, heightened likelihood of a third wave.

Funeral Policies Offer an Affordable Way to Say Goodbye to Loved Ones

The death toll from COVID-19 is sobering. Over 50,000 deaths in South Africa (and over 2 million worldwide) can be directly attributed to COVID. Yet the scary news is that excess deaths, i.e., deaths that are ascribed to illnesses like TB, pneumonia, diabetes, obesity, or HIV have as their underlying cause COVID-19.

Let’s be clear, we still face a mortal enemy – and we will be doing so well into the future. What’s more, new variants of COVID will likely emerge and favour further transmission, and, unfortunately, the deaths that accompany that.

It is now more crucial than ever that we have funeral policies in place, so that the departed can be bid farewell with dignity, and that the survivors are not burdened by devastating debt, as a result of arranging and paying for their loved one’s funerals.

Since 40% of COVID-deaths are people over 50, this means the younger generation (our sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, and even our grandchildren) are the people who will likely shoulder that debt.

If the next wave coincides with a seasonal flu epidemic, a double blow will hit South Africa, because influenza already kills at least 10,000 people each year in South Africa. That’s why it’s essential you have funeral policies in place, to say a dignified goodbye, and not to place the burden of debt on surviving generations.

At AVBOB, We are Here for You

Our funeral policies remain affordable for all, and our funeral branches are fully operational.

Don’t make saying goodbye even more traumatic. Make sure your funeral policies are in place so that they can help you and your loved ones navigate difficult times.

Please visit our website or call 0861 28 26 21 for assistance. We’re here for you.

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