Learn the requirements to buy a policy for a grandparent, coverage options, see monthly cost estimates, and the best companies for seniors.

Requirements When Buying Life Insurance For A Grandparent

The only requirement for a grandchild to take out life insurance for a grandparent is that they (the grandparent) are willing to answer the health questions (if any) and sign the application. If your grandparents are unwilling to participate in the process, there is no way to insure them.

If they refuse to participate, your best end-of-life planning option would be a pre-paid burial plan or putting money into a savings account.

Power of attorney (medical, financial, or otherwise) does not bypass the requirement that they must be involved in the application process. No matter what, they must consent to the policy and answer health questions if there are any.

Life insurance companies require beneficiaries to have an insurable interest when buying coverage for a family member. Insurable interest is whether or not the beneficiary would suffer a financial loss due to the insured’s death.

A grandchild’s most common insurable interest is to cover their grandparent’s funeral costs, medical bills, and other end-of-life expenses (there are other reasons).

That said, burial insurance coverage up to $50,000 requires no explanation regarding why you want the insurance. However, if you want more than $50,000, you may need to demonstrate how their death would cause a financial burden to justify higher amounts such as $75K.


What Is The Best Life Insurance For A Grandparent?

Final expense insurance is likely the best life insurance for your grandmother or grandfather since covering funeral expenses is why most grandkids want to insure their grandparents.

That said, which type of policy and company is best depends on their health, age, and why you need coverage.

Policy TypeAge Range For New Applicants & Typical Coverage
Best Reasons
To Buy
Medical Exam Required?
Final Expense Whole Life0-90
End of life expenses, final medical bills, or other last debtsNo
Guaranteed Acceptance Whole Life40-85
Very dire health issues that renders you uninsurable for products with underwritingNo
Traditional Whole Life0-85
Estate planning, debt payoff, spousal income protection, very high funeral costs, or leave a legacy for your heirs.0-80: No
81-85: Yes
Universal Life18-85
You want permanent coverage with flexible payment options, estate planning, debt pay payoff, spousal income protection, retirement supplementation, final expenses, a legacy for heirs0-80: No
81-85: Yes
Term Life0-80
Financial debts or income replacement0-79: No
80: Usually


Final expense insurance

Final expense insurance is a small whole life insurance policy that provides peace of mind knowing you can pay for your grandparent’s burial or cremation costs when they die.

They don’t need to be in good health to qualify because the underwriting is very lenient, and there is no medical exam.

The policy will pay out a lump sum cash benefit to the beneficiary, and there are no restrictions on how the money is spent. Because the policy is whole life, the premiums will not change, and the coverage lasts forever.


Guaranteed acceptance

Guaranteed life insurance is a type of whole life insurance policy with no health questions or underwriting. Because acceptance is guaranteed, there is a two-year waiting period.

If they die during the waiting period, the insurance company will only refund your premiums plus a small amount of interest. This type of policy is only advisable if they have dire health conditions such as heart failure, renal failure, or Dementia.


Traditional whole life

Whole life insurance is a type of permanent life insurance that builds cash value. Whole life insurance rates never change, and the coverage doesn’t expire or decrease in value.

Traditional whole life plans typically require you to buy $100,000 or more in coverage, and you’ll need to be in good health to qualify.


Term life insurance

A term policy is a life insurance plan that will expire after a predefined period of time. It might last a certain number of years (such as 5, 10, or 15) or until a certain age (such as 70, 75, or 80). After the policy expires, you no longer have insurance.

Some term life insurance plans have a fixed cost. However, some companies (such as AARP life insurance or Globe Life insurance) have monthly premiums that increase every five years.

Generally speaking, nearly all term life coverage will expire at or around age 80.


Universal life insurance

A universal life policy is technically considered permanent insurance (although it rarely lasts forever).

They’re often sold to supplement retirement or diversify your investment portfolio. The main thing to understand is that these plans rarely last forever.

They’re usually marketed as permanent coverage that is less expensive than whole life.

While they are less costly than whole life (for the same amount of coverage), it’s generally an illusion.

We say that because universal life policies often crash shortly after age 75 or 80, leaving the policy owner without coverage.


5 Tips When Buying Life Insurance For Grandparents

Buying life insurance for a senior can be tricky, given their age and potential health complications.

Consider these tips to ensure you find the right policy at the best price to meet your needs.

  • The type of policy matters greatly: There are many types of life insurance plans (whole, term & universal). Furthermore, they all function differently. Be sure to choose the correct type to accomplish your goal rather than deciding solely on price.
  • Obtain their consent first: It’s best to have a quick conversation with your grandparents so they know you want to buy life insurance coverage for them. Just make sure they are on board with participating in the process. If they aren’t, there is no way to insure them.
  • Learn about their health: If you know about their past and current health issues, an insurance agent can give you detailed product information. That includes accurate life insurance quotes, policy options, and waiting period provisions (if any), to name a few. Without their health information, you’ll only get very general information that is not specific to your grandparents.
  • Utilize an independent insurance agent: Independent agents can represent multiple insurance providers for your benefit. They will compare offers from each insurance company to find you the best deal possible, and their services are free. Captive insurance agents, on the other hand (State Farm is one example of a captive company), cannot represent other insurance providers, so they cannot check if there is another provider that would offer you a better policy.
  • Be open-minded about insurance companies that aren’t household names: There were hundreds of life insurance companies in the USA. Conservatively, less than 1% advertise in mass media to become a household name like Aflac or State Farm. When buying life insurance for parents or grandparents, it would be best not to exclude 99% of the companies available.


Grandparent Life Insurance Quotes

The rate chart below shows what burial insurance for your grandparents might cost.

Please remember that all life insurance prices are based on the insured’s resident state, gender, tobacco usage, coverage amount, and health.

Age & Gender$5,000$10,000
Female age 40$12$21
Female age 45$13$23
Female age 50$14$24
Female age 55$15$28
Female age 60$18$33
Female age 65$22$41
Female age 70$28$53
Female age 75$37$71
Female age 80$50$98
Female age 85$70$136
Female age 89$131N/A
Male age 40$14$25
Male age 45$15$27
Male age 50$17$31
Male age 55$20$36
Male age 60$23$43
Male age 65$29$54
Male age 70$37$70
Male age 75$50$97
Male age 80$69$135
Male age 85$91$178
Male age 89$180N/A
Source for monthly prices: Choice Mutual quote calculator. Rates valid as of 05/08/2024.


How To Get No Waiting Period Final Expense Life Insurance For Your Grandparents

With funeral life insurance, there are three different types of plans. Which one your grandparents are eligible for depends on their health.

  • Full 2-3 year waiting period: During this time, the insurance company will only refund all premiums paid plus interest. They will not pay out for natural causes during the waiting period.
  • Partial waiting period: The insurance carrier will pay out a portion of the death benefit during this time. It’s usually 30-40% for months 1-12 and 70-80% for months 13-24. After two years, the total coverage amount is payable.
  • No waiting period: An immediate coverage plan will pay out 100% of the death benefit starting on day 1 of the policy. The only exception is suicide or if you lie about your health when you complete the application.

To get partial or immediate coverage, you must apply for a plan with health questions. Your grandparents don’t have to take an exam, but they must complete a health questionnaire.

Any policy with no health questions will always have a 2-3 waiting period (no exceptions).

Truthfully, most seniors can qualify for immediate or partial coverage.

Remember, final expense policies for seniors are designed to accept many health risks. It’s not like life insurance for a grandchild where they need to be in near-perfect health to qualify.

At the end of the day, if you want immediate coverage life insurance for your grandparents, you’ll need to speak with an agent.

Only a licensed insurance agent can determine which life insurance companies will approve your grandparent for no waiting period life insurance coverage.

If you have a grandparent with pre-existing conditions and want to get them no waiting period coverage, call us at 1-800-644-2926. At Choice Mutual, we have over 15 different insurance companies that we can offer your grandparents. If your grandparents can get immediate coverage, we’ll find it.


Best Life Insurance Companies For Grandparents Over 80

Getting life insurance for a senior over 80 is still possible with many companies.

If your grandparents are above 80 or even 85, your best option will likely be with one of these three final expense companies.

Use our quoting tool to get quotes for any of these companies.

Insurance CompanyCoverage Options Above 80Max Age For New ApplicantsPolicy TypeWhen Policy
Can Pay Out
Mutual of Omaha company logo$2,000-$50,00085Final Expense Whole LifeNo waiting period
Transamerica company logo$1,000-$25,00085Final Expense Whole LifeNo waiting period
Aetna company logo$2,000-$25,00089Final Expense Whole LifeNo waiting period
Security National Life company logo$2,500-$10,00090Final Expense Whole LifeNo waiting period
Guarantee Trust Life company logo$2,000-$10,00090Final Expense Whole LifeRefund of premiums in first 12 months, 50% payout in 2nd year, then full benefits after 2 years


Frequently Asked Questions

A grandchild can buy a life insurance policy for a grandparent so long as they agree to the coverage and participate in the application process. First, they must answer the health questions, should there be any. In addition, they will need to sign the application either verbally, electronically, or physically with an ink pen.

You cannot legally buy life insurance coverage for a grandparent without their knowledge. Even if you have power of attorney over them, your grandparent(s) will still need to sign the application agreeing to the coverage. If they won’t partake in the process, there is no way to insure them.

On average, buying a final expense insurance policy for a grandparent will cost $75-$200 monthly. Your price depends on their age, gender, health, and how much coverage you select.

No medical exam is required if you’re buying burial insurance for a grandparent. However, other types of coverage, such as term or universal life, might require an exam. Medical exam requirements vary based on their age, health, death benefit amount, and which type of policy you’re interested in.

Many life insurance companies will issue new coverage to a senior over 80. The coverage amounts available at this age are usually $50,000 or less because covering funeral expenses is typically the only need at this age range.

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  1. insurable interest. https://www.investopedia.com/terms/i/insurable-interest.asp
  2. A term policy. https://www.guardianlife.com/life-insurance/how-term-life-works