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New Benefit: Funeral Planning Services
September 22, 2009, Volume 56, No. 04

Losing a loved one is never easy. We could all use a little help when dealing with the death of a family member. That’s why Penn will soon be offering a new benefit to help you prepare for one of life’s most difficult moments.

Whether you’re anticipating the loss of a family member in the future, or the time has already come to say goodbye to a loved one, planning a funeral can be emotionally and financially trying.  To help ease the impact, Aetna, the University’s life insurance carrier, is partnering with Everest to provide pre-planning and at-need funeral and concierge services. Faculty and staff who are enrolled in any of the University’s life insurance plans are eligible for this benefit. You and your spouse, partner or children will have access to 24-hour a day advisor assistance throughout the funeral process—at no extra cost. You can also access services for your parents, in-laws or other relatives through Everest at a fee.

Whether you need a price comparison report for local funeral homes, family support, online planning tools, or even help with negotiating funeral home costs, everything you need to make informed decisions will be right at your fingertips. This new benefit will be available as of October 1, 2009. For more information about Everest or to create an online profile and use their planning tools, visit their website at www.everestfuneral.com/aetna, and enter the Enrollment Identification Code: AETNA0003.

In the meantime, Penn already provides resources to help you cope with the loss of a loved one. The Employee Assistance Program provides 24-hour a day support and access to one-on-one assistance for many personal and professional life challenges, including bereavement.  Learn more by visiting the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/Quality/Wellness/EAP.aspx. You can also take advantage of Penn’s Worklife Resources, a free and confidential service that provides easy access to support for your personal needs.  Visit the Worklife Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/Quality/WorkLife/Resources.aspx for more information.

—Division of Human Resources

Related: Human Resources: Upcoming Programs ; 2010 Models of Excellence Program

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