Grand Rapids:

The Importance of Out of Area Protection

The holiday season means many things for Americans, but one thing it always almost means is travel and vacation days. Although travel has been down ever since the Covid-19 pandemic started, Americans are slowly beginning to travel more. The numbers will be down this year, but there will still be millions of Americans travelling across the countries and overseas during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.

It may seem counterintuitive to think of funeral plans during your travel, but it’s one of the most important things you can do to ensure your family as proper preparedness and peace of mind while you’re away from home. Out of Area Protection refers to the guarantee that you’ll be able to transport any deceased relatives back home if they’re to die while travelling. Again, this is a morbid and unpleasant thought, but it does happen, and preparing for this circumstance is vitally important for the mental and finance well-being of your family.

Out of Area Protection Provides Peace of Mind

There are many uncertainties when a relative dies while travelling, away from home. The state laws and regulations which control your options vary depending on which state you’re in, and it can be difficult to keep track of what you can and cannot do. For example, you must obtain domestic permits in order to transport your loved ones back home, and the time cost of obtaining these permits can be great. The process of just being able to bring your loved one home can put a strain on your mental and physical well-being, but this burden is mitigated when you have proper Out of Area protection. This protection makes obtaining the proper permits and going through state and international laws much easier and allows your family to peacefully and patiently traverse these tricky processes while you cope with your tremendous loss.

Finance Considerations

Basic health insurance usually doesn’t cover the cost of transporting your loved ones across state and international borders, but Out of Area protection will cover these costs. It can be prohibitively expensive to transport loved ones, as much as three thousand dollars for domestic transports. If you’re across the ocean when the death occurs, it can be far more expensive, ranging from five to ten thousand dollars to transport loved ones across international borders. It may seem callous to consider these costs before the death has occurred but providing yourself with Out of Area coverage is one of the best ways to mitigate these costs and give yourself much needed peace of mind if the tragedy were to occur. Out of Area coverage is affordable and will help you and your family manage the emotional and financial stress of any deaths which occur.

Additional Benefits

If you do choose an Out of Area coverage plan, you’ll receive more than just emotional and financial benefits. In the event of an untimely death, you won’t have to worry about any transportation considerations. Your relative will be in good hands as the policy provider deals with the arrangement of travel accommodations for the body, as well as coordinating with local and state officials. In addition, your family will be shielded from the effects of global inflation and you’ll only pay one price for the entire process. Finally, many of these coverage options, including that of Gerst Funeral Homes, provided free preparation and embalming of the body. It can be difficult to choose a coverage plan before disaster strikes, but it truly does provide peace of mind and a multitude of other benefits for your family.