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  • LIFE LESSONS

    Yasmine and Prevace Moss

    A familys struggle underscores the need for life insurance

    No. 5 in a series

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    Yasminesvideo

  • The cosmetology classes Yasmine Moss was taking at her Bladensburg, Md., high school were supposed to be a way to learn a trade she could

    use when she needed extra spending money for clothes or going out with friends. She didnt anticipate that soon they would be her main means of support.

    When Yasmine was 17 years old, her father, Tex, a construction worker, died of esophageal cancer just four months after receiving his diagnosis. In a cruel twist of fate, Yasmine lost her mother, DieDre, to ovarian cancer just three months later.

    At the time, Yasmine and her older brother, Prevace, had been living with their mother at their grandmothers house. Neither parent had life insurance, and their grandmother was on a fixed income. So amidst their grief, Yasmine and Prevace were suddenly responsible for supporting themselves financially. Prevace sums up the struggle that stretched out before him: I live day by daytrying to just make it.

    Being under 18, Social Security survivor benefits helped Yasmine, but they werent enough. She found a job in a hair salon as a shampoo assistant, working 30 hours a week. All the while, she continued to focus on her studies, graduating near the top of her class and being named to the National Honor Society. Now in her second year of college, Yasmine continues to do well academically. Loans and grants help her pay for school, but she still works long hours when

    shes home on break.

    These young adults are now wise beyond their years and share a lesson learned. Life insurance is essential, says Yasmine. If our mom and dad had bought life insurance, our stress over finances would be dramatically reduced, especially during our time of grief.

    LIFE LESSONS

    Prevace and Yasmine Moss

    Life Changes for Everybody After Youre Gone

    You never know what the future holds.

    More than 600,000 people die each year in the prime of their lives, just like Yasmines parents.1

    Youll never be younger than you are now.

    Life insurance premiums are the lowest when you are young and healthya great time to lock in low rates.

    Once you need it, you may not be able to get it.

    If youre diagnosed with a terminal illness, you wont be able to get coverage.

    Im young. Ive got plenty of time to get life insurance, right?

    Dont delay. Talk to an insurance agent or your benefits manager at work about getting life insurance coverage you need. 1 U.S. Census Bureau, 2011

    Life Happens is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping consumers take personal financial responsibility through the ownership of life insurance and related products. 2014 Life Happens. All rights reserved.