As states begin to relax COVID-19 “stay at home” orders and businesses begin to reopen, we’re all feeling cooped up and may be inclined to take a trip this summer. Now is a great time to finalize your Travel Protection Plan should a member of your family pass away while you are away from home. We at Cremation Society of America believe that your travel plans should include Travel Protection.
What if a Loved One passes away while traveling to visit family or to tour cities overseas? Direct Cremation”, sometimes called “Simple Cremation,” is a process whereby cremation is performed soon after death, without a viewing, visitation or funeral service of any kind.
What if you’ve arranged for your Direct Cremation and you’re planning a trip across the United States to visit family for several weeks? What happens if you or a loved one passes away unexpectedly in another state that is thousands of miles away from home? How do you ensure that your loved one is returned home in a dignified manner? How much will such arrangements cost?
You’ll have to deal with the rules and regulations of the airlines when it comes to the transportation of your loved one’s remains – and the cost as well. You’ll also find that the cost of these rules and regulations are increased as the airlines come to grips with the COVID-19 protocols. You’ll also have to arrange for the cremains to be transported to your pre-planned facility for cremation. And you’ll need to manage these issues during a time of sudden and likely overwhelming grief.
A Travel Protection Plan can save time, stress, and cost for you or your next-of-kin should your death occur while traveling away from your legal residence. Most Travel Protection Plans will include many of the following services:
- Prepare remains for transport, regardless of where the remains are located worldwide
- Locate funeral home or direct disposition (cremation) facility
- Arrange for transportation of remains from place of death to funeral home or direct disposition (cremation) facility
- Purchase casket/air tray to meet transportation requirements, including international transportation
- Arrange and pay for transport to city of legal residence
- Secure and process all documentation required for remains transportation, including death certificate
Most Travel Protection Plans are triggered when the death occurs a certain number of miles away from the person’s legal residence. Be sure to review your Travel Protection Plan carefully for specific terms and conditions.
At a time of shock and grief, you or your loved ones would make just one phone call to activate the Plan. Once activated, the Plan agents immediately commence arrangements to provide you and your loved ones with peace of mind amidst the chaos of returning home from your journey.
Our Cremation Society of America advisors can help you create your Travel Protection Plan and how such a plan can factor into your Pre-Panning strategy. Contact us NOW for more information and planning guidance.
Please stay safe and healthy during this pandemic. Together, we will overcome and thrive.