When Life Insurance Hits Close To Home

Raising a Family

When it hit’s close to home, life insurance becomes a priority. I’ll keep this blog as upbeat as I can, but for most of my life, death has never really been close to me. Recently, I found out a mentor of my town passed away. He was 49 years old, my age. He was the head of our town soccer club. Truly an inspiration.

When young kids start out in soccer, they barely know which direction they should be kicking the ball. The girls are doing cart wheels if they’re bored, and some kids just stair up at the sky in the middle of a game. As a young coach, I really didn't now how long I could tolerate this. Having a mentor with older kids who were more focused and really enjoying the game was critical to my career as a coach.

I was devastated last year when I found out he had brain cancer. But, like his enthusiasm for the game, I could tell he was going to fight this to the end. I watched him battle for a year. After not seeing him for a long time, I assumed things weren’t going well. Sure enough, at the head of the season he returned to meet all the volunteer coaches and give his send off. I had a ray of hope that he was going to win his battle.

When I got the news last night that he had passed, it was hard. It hit close to home for the first time. At the age of 49, he left behind 4 children between the ages of 7 and 16, and a wonderful wife.

I don’t think any of us who knew him personally could ever believe that this vibrant personality, blessing the soccer fields with his wisdom, would be gone a year later. Right away, I wondered if he had life insurance. Did he leave his family in a strong position to face the future without him.

This personal story fuels my passion to continually ask people about their insurances. There’s a stigma about insurance agents and the fact that we appear like we’re always trying to “sell” somebody something. What if I had pushed a little and asked this family that question a year ago? While this hits close to home and that will always haunt me, after this experience, I will never lose my drive or passion for reminding families how important life insurance is.

About the author: Mark Yurkovic has been in the life insurance business for over 12 years, and holds CLTC, LUTCF, and CES designations. He enjoys building remote control boats, and playing instruments including the piano, guitar, banjo, and mandolin. Mark would love to discuss life insurance options and work towards finding the best policy fit for your family. You can contact Mark at 1-800-651-1953 or MYurkovic@Pivot.com