St. Valentine Didn’t Have Life Insurance...But We Should!
Life insurance is probably the last gift one would expect to purchase or be the beneficiary of on Valentines Day for sure, but it doesn’t mean the day after we shouldn’t get back to reality and start looking into it. Nothing says “I love you more” like a good old-fashioned parchment paper life insurance policy.
The word Valentine comes from the Latin meaning “strong and healthy.” Are we strong and healthy like St. Valentine was? Do we work miracles of healing like he did: assisting those who wanted to get married in secret (risking his life as it was forbidden to get married in the Empire under Emperor Claudius II)? Probably not, nor would we expect that from a spouse or a beloved, but we can show how much we love someone beyond the classic romantic February the 14th dinner with flowers and chocolates.
St. Valentine’s Day officially began as a national holiday in England under King Henry VIII by Royal Charter in 1537, whereby he decreed that all England would celebrate February 14 as "Saint Valentine's Day", and with the passage of time, February 14 became the traditional date for exchanging love messages and simple gifts (such as flowers or candy), with Saint Valentine becoming the accepted Patron Saint of Lovers.
Many attempts were made throughout Church history between St. Valentine’s death in 270AD and King Henry VIII’s Royal Charter to replace the pagan customs that may have gone as far back as the Third or Fourth Century B.C., but to no avail. One ancient belief regarding the origins of the pagan custom comes from the Parentalia and Feralia Festivals of Purification that were celebrated in Ancient Rome between February 13-18 to honor Juno-Lupa. Priests known as Luperci from two colleges (Quintillii and Fabii) would meet at the Cave of Lupercal in the Palatine Hill, where this Juno-Lupa was said to have reared Romulus and Remus, the twin founders of Rome. The word februa comes from the Latin meaning "to purify." The naming of the month of February is believed with good reason to have originated from this meaning.
Even though St. Valentine’s Day could have its real origins as far back as those of the month of February to begin with, we can still make use of these traditions in some way. A life insurance policy to protect our “Beloved” can show our love on a new level, beyond quality time, fine tastes and smells, we show that our love is meant to last beyond a lifetime...beyond our temporal senses. Have you been moved with love to protect those you truly love?
About the author: Kyle McDonald holds FIC, FICF, FSCP® & CLTC designations. His viewpoint on life insurance is simple, “Anyone with a family must have life insurance. In the end, life insurance is for others you care about, not you.” He is ready to help you and your family get the best option available. Contact Kyle today at 1-800-651-1953 or KMcDonald@Pivot.com.