April 3, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - A Houston company
is now offering a funeral planning service that can be
included as part of an employer benefit package.
A news release from Everest said its advance planning
tools afford personalized assistance so users can create a
plan specifying their individual end of life needs and
This includes a planning guide, phone-based assistance
from a planning adviser to guide creation of a "My
Wishes" plan and ongoing storage and maintenance of
the plan until it is needed, the news release
Employees and retirees will also have access to
Everest's newest product, the Everest PriceFinder
Report, which empowers consumers with the ability to
quickly and easily compare costs for funeral services
within their community.
During times of greatest need, Everest's concierge
services will review the "My Wishes" plan with
the family, conduct price surveys, help the family
negotiate terms and pricing with the funeral home of
choice, communicate the plan to the funeral home and
provide around-the-clock assistance for the family
throughout the process.
"In the past, companies could provide little
assistance to valued employees charged with handling
complex funeral issues for themselves and those they
love," said Mark Duffey, President and CEO of Everest,
in the news release. "While decisions such as these
are never easy, Everest takes much of that burden off of
the employees and places it squarely on the shoulders of
experts who provide the highest level of assistance every
step of the way."
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