ING Employee Benefits, and Everest, a funeral planning and concierge service, have announced that they will implement a new marketing agreement to offer a comprehensive employee life insurance option that eases the emotional hardships arising from end-of-life issues.

With ING and Everest’s combined group life solution, employees, their families and most importantly, the parents of both the employee and their spouse, receive the vital information and planning resources they need to make the most informed decisions about funeral arrangements. The service can be included with an employer’s new or existing group life contract and is determined at the employer-level. Employees then choose from the level of service that is made available to them.

ING said that with the added resource of Everest’s services, ING Employee Benefits clients will have a flexible alternative to the funeral options currently available. Employees can access both pre-need and at-need funeral planning services from a helpful and knowledgeable advisor who will guide families through the difficult decisions they face.

Ivan Gilreath, president of ING Employee Benefits, said: ING is committed to making all facets of life better and easier. When a loved one passes away, employees are under immense grief and stress. But with group life benefits from ING, and Everest acting as the consumer’s advocate, employees and their families can more easily handle the difficult – and very expensive – task of planning a funeral.