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Jakarta Post

Jakartans opt for prepaid funeral plans

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 21 2019   /  01:18 am

From purchasing a plot of land in a cemetery and arranging transportation to managing memorial services, there are many things mourners must do after a family member passes away.While most families in Indonesia rely on neighbors as the closest people to help take care of funeral arrangements, other residents opt to be dependent on themselves on the back of concerns of an increasingly individualistic urban society.Some have started to rely on funeral homes to take care of their future funerals. Titin Novita, 45, is one such Individual. She recently applied for a prepaid funeral plan offered by the Bunga Kemboja Foundation, an organization that specializes in providing funeral services located in South Jakarta.Under the program, Titin is required to pay a small amount of money every month in exchange for a funeral service when she passes away.“I was asked to pay Rp 8,000 [57 US cents] ev...