By Michael Ferguson, ALHC, CG, CII of Worldwide Resources, Inc.

As a life claim examiner presented with a foreign death claim do you have a thorough understanding of the funeral rituals based on the religion of your insured? More importantly, do you know what is usual and customary for that religion?  You should.  Having knowledge of the funeral rituals of various religions around the world will enable you to understand when the disposition of the insured’s body is contrary to their beliefs.  There may be a logical explanation but if not, the preverbal red flag may be waiving.

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