By Khumbo Kaliwo:
Nico life has partnered Goodwill Funeral Service and Medical Aid Society of Malawi in establishing a one-stop private mortuary called Funeral Homes in Lilongwe.
Nico Life Chief Executive Officer Eric Chapola said the partnership will help clients access a number of services at one place when they are bereaved, therefore reducing pressure.
Chapola said Nico Life is prepared to continuously serve its members with diligence.
“It is often perceived as a taboo to get funeral cover for you or your loved ones. People often see it as preparing for one’s death.
“And that is, to a certain extent, what funeral cover is. We want to make sure that you do not shoulder a further burden when a beloved one dies. We are prepared to ease the pressure,” Chapola said.
Goodwill Funeral Service Managing Director Anderson Mankhusu said the firm plans to establish facilities in Mzuzu and Blantyre.
“We fully understand the pressure that comes along with death. That is why we aim to provide you with the peace of mind that your loved one will be treated with the utmost dignity, even in death,” Mankhusu said.
Speaking during the launch ,Mayor of Lilongwe, Juliana Kaduya, said the facility would ease traffic at Kamuzu Central Hospital Mortuary.
The facility will help people access funeral services such as embalming, autopsy and funeral transport from Goodwill Funeral Services.
Masm members currently get benefits of between K500,000 and K1,000,000, depending on the scheme they belong to, which includes a coffin, hearse and coffin lowering equipment, in the case of death.