Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about eFuneral and planning and purchasing a funeral service below. If you don’t find the information you need, don’t hesitate to contact us or your chosen funeral services provider.
What is eFuneral?
What is eFuneral and why should I use it?
eFuneral is a service for your funeral planning and purchasing needs. We’re a comprehensive, transparent and completely online resource for funeral planning and purchasing. We’re not a funeral services provider. eFuneral is your unbiased connection to funeral services providers in your area so you and your loved ones are empowered with a fully planned and paid funeral. If you choose to pre-fund your funeral, we may offer a secure funding vehicle for your prearrangement.
Does eFuneral help with imminent funeral services or just advance planning?
eFuneral serves both customers who are planning an imminent service or are making advance plans. We connect you to funeral services providers who are equipped to serve you immediately or in many years.
I’m with a funeral home. How do we become an eFuneral Partner provider?
eFuneral is always excited to connect with prospective Partner providers. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Does eFuneral charge any fees?
No, eFuneral offers our information free of charge. If you decide to prearrange and pre-fund through eFuneral, we will not add any additional charges over the cost of your prearrangement.
Choosing a Provider
Does it matter which provider I choose?
eFuneral can connect you with your provider of choice, or if you don’t have an existing relationship, we provide access to information about area firms to help you make the right decision based on your individual preferences and needs.
Which funeral service providers can I access via eFuneral?
At this time we've taken down our find a provider map to make some modifications. If you need assistance finding a provider in your area, email us at email@example.com and someone will assist you in locating a funeral provider.
Why are some providers marked as eFuneral Partners?
eFuneral Partner providers are Partner providers with which we offer direct, online purchase capability. This means you can complete the entire process, including paying for the prearrangement, online. In addition, our Partner providers will guarantee the cost of a prearranged and pre-funded funeral purchased through eFuneral.
Is there a benefit to selecting an eFuneral Partner provider?
The biggest benefit is the ability to complete your payment online.
Prepaying for a Funeral
Do I have to prepay?
Not necessarily. You may use eFuneral simply to prepare a plan and select a provider and pass that information along to your loved ones. However, if you choose prepayment as the final step, your loved ones will have clarity about your funeral plans after you pass on and your prearrangement will be funded for the goods and services you select. If you choose to prepay, your funds will be placed in a secure funding vehicle in accordance with the law in your state.
What if I change my mind or need to change providers?
One of the biggest advantages of prepaying through eFuneral is our extensive provider network. If you need to change your selected funeral services provider, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you find another provider. If you prefunded your prearrangement, you may move your prearrangement to another provider free of charge. Please note, the new provider may not honor the guarantees or prices of the original provider.
If you have prepaid through eFuneral and change your mind altogether, carefully review the documentation associated with the secure funding vehicle as it may permit cancellation for a full refund within a certain time period.
Where does my money go when I prepay for my funeral with eFuneral?
When you prepay for your funeral with a Partner provider through eFuneral, your payment is secured through a secure funding vehicle regulated in accordance with the laws of your state.
Are there financial benefits to prepaying for my funeral?
There are. By prepaying for your funeral, you can often benefit from a guaranteed funeral contract.
What is a “guaranteed funeral?”
When a prepaid funeral is "guaranteed," it means that the funeral provider accepts your payment now as payment in full for the goods and services they will provide in the future. This means your loved ones or your estate will not have to pay additional funds for the items under guarantee.
I’ve prepaid for my funeral service. If funeral costs rise before I pass away, will my loved ones have to pay the difference?
That depends. If you preplanned a funeral with a provider who will guarantee the cost then your loved ones won't owe any additional funds for the guaranteed items. If you planned with a funeral provider who doesn't guarantee the cost then your loved ones will need to make up any difference in the actual cost or change the selections to a more affordable option (if changes to your selections are allowed in your state).
If my funeral is guaranteed does that mean my family won't owe anything?
When a funeral is guaranteed, the funeral provider accepts the prepayment as payment in full for the services the funeral provider can control. This includes things like their staff, the use of their facilities, transportation, and any caskets or urns you purchase. Things that aren't guaranteed are things outside of the provider's control like the cost of flowers, purchasing an obituary placed in a newspaper or services provided by the cemetery. When prefunding you can set money aside for these nonguaranteed items to minimize the potential out of pocket cost to your loved ones.
Security & Privacy
Is my payment information secure?
We have partnered with the leading payment gateway to provide secure payment services. They have been audited by a PCI-certified auditor and are cerified to PCI Service Provider Level 1. This is the most stringent level of certification in the payments industry.
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