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Preserving dignity: The case of crowdfunding in African communities

In the aftermath of loss, when grief weighs heavy and hearts ache with the absence of loved ones, the last thing anyone should be burdened with is the financial strain of arranging a farewell. Yet, in a world where uncertainty looms and life’s certainties include death’s inevitability, too many find themselves turning to platforms like GoFundMe in desperate pleas for assistance. But herein lies a poignant truth: there is no dignity in scrambling for funeral funds when viable alternatives like the Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan exist. The Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan stands as a beacon of reassurance in the face… Read More
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How to start the conversation about your burial wishes

Starting a conversation about your burial wishes can be challenging especially in African homes where it is considered taboo to talk about death. Talking about death is usually associated with fast-forwarding the death. However, it is important for your loved ones to understand your preferences. This is more so where there are likely to be diverse preferences among those who would make decisions about your burial. Questions like, would you want a burial or a cremation? Would you want to be buried abroad or in your country of birth? Issues of do you want an extravagant or a simple burial?… Read More
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Families forced to sell personal belongings to cover funeral costs with adverse impact on mental and physical health – report reveals

By Diaspora Insurance News MORE families are experiencing financial challenges when paying for a funeral with some forced to sell personal belongings, leading to adverse impacts on mental and physical health. The latest Cost of Dying report by UK-based insurer, Sunlife, showed that some families are being forced to dig into their savings and investments, use credit cards or borrow from family and friends to pay for funerals. Some 18 percent of those interviewed for the report said they had to sell personal belongings while about 9 percent resorted to applying for a subsidy from government or local authority. Commenting… Read More
team4dfiFamilies forced to sell personal belongings to cover funeral costs with adverse impact on mental and physical health – report reveals