Life insurance is a very efficient financial safety net and a great means to protect your loved ones. Even though the pros of such an investment are highly mediatized and, pardon my saying so, quite obvious, some people still aren't convinced that they need life insurance. Reasons which lead to purchasing insurance vary from individual to individual, but a pattern can be noticed.
Reason No. 1: It gives you peace of mind. Leaving aside the stronger, financial arguments aside, I advise you to think about the other kind of protection you could buy alongside life insurance: your thoughts and your spirit will be at peace in case something terrible happens to you. For most people the thought of their families having to move on in case something happened to them is close to unbearable. Knowing that your loved ones won't change their lifestyle after you rite of passage can be a very comforting thought.
Reason No. 2: It protects your spouse and your children. People basically buy life insurance for their loved ones, not for themselves. As beneficiaries, your close family will be able to go through the grieving period without having to worry about finances and income. Sometimes the living spouse can become unable to work due to depression, fact which leaves the children in a very difficult position. Purchasing life insurance can offer protection against such a situation.
Reason No. 3: It takes care of remaining financial issues. If you are to pass away, the debt you currently have (if you have any) can be passed on to your remaining spouse and/or children. Such a situation can tear families apart. Insurance can cover for remaining debts, along with funeral and burial expenses.
Reason No. 4: It helps you set an example. By purchasing insurance, your loved ones will know that you care for them and are preoccupied with their financial safety. Your kids might just get a glimpse of how family is more important than anything else.
Reason No. 5: You might not be eligible when you're older. The younger and the healthier you are when you purchase insurance, the lower will the rates be. Also, some medical conditions may become quite problematic if you decide to buy a policy when you're, say, 60. By purchasing insurance when you're younger you can avoid paying expensive rates and undergoing difficult medical examinations.
Nobody knows what the future holds. Talk to your loved ones and decide on whether you should buy insurance. If you decide to go further with this action, don't forget to book an appointment with a Licensed, experienced insurance agent before taking any other steps in this direction.
Also published on Medium.