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Life Insurance

What About Life Insurance?

The contemplation of mortality is never particularly comforting, but it is nonetheless an important subject to tackle. Questions such as “How would my family get along if I were to die unexpectedly?” or “Would my loved ones have enough resources to continue on with their lives comfortably?” are important for many to answer. Obtaining good life insurance coverage is a common-sense move that one can take in response to such questions. Often, when one dies, he or she will inevitably leave behind dependents who have relied upon them for financial support. This is one, of many, issues this coverage attends to. Sometimes it may simply be the question of how a surviving family member can adequately handle the costs of a funeral and memorial service. The answer can be carrying good life insurance coverage as this is what can mitigate much of the financial challenges that come along with a loved one’s passing. 

How it Works

When you obtain a life insurance policy, it can compensate your named beneficiaries quite nicely, usually your family members, should you die unexpectedly. The amount the beneficiary is awarded is determined by the level of policy protection one decides upon when purchasing the policy. Those receiving these benefits are normally enabled to spend them in any way they choose. Policyholders must pay premiums on a monthly, semi-annual or yearly basis in order to keep the plan in effect. The premium is determined by the level of the death benefit and the type of policy.

Kinds of Coverage

When you obtain good life insurance coverage, you first must choose either term or some alternative, usually known as whole life. A term life insurance policy, as its name suggests, will expire after a certain number of years, normally anywhere from ten to 30 years in length. Conversely, whole life insurance can stay in effect for years and years and, if you so choose and keep current with your payments, will be there until you pass away, thus guarantying some kind of financial legacy for your loved ones.  The expense of term life, on the other hand, is often quite a bit less costly. In determining the costs for both kinds of policies, age, health and other factors are the primary drivers. 

Coverage Benefits

The benefits that you wish to provide to designated survivors can be utilized to pay for such expenses as funerals, lost wages, debts, mortgage and auto loans and so much more. Some choose to provide loved ones with the ability to pay for a child’s education or for a surviving spouse to live out his or her remaining years comfortably. 


Usually, the big reason for carrying life insurance is to assist in the paying of burial and funeral costs. However, many purchase policies that offer so much more, such as bigger death benefits so as to ensure that named beneficiaries will have enough funds to live out their lives in the same manner as when the policyholder was alive serving as the breadwinner.