Northwestern Mutual

More Time to Heal

Parents find strength after a tragedy as their policy eases financial burdens, allowing them to put family first.

There is surely no pain worse than the loss of a child. And the grieving process allows no shortcuts; it is something that must simply be endured. Sadly, Mark and Robin Hunter know this all too well.

Maddie was the second of their four daughters, and she had “a zest for life, a beautiful spirit and the ability to love endlessly,” says Robin. “Although we believed it was important to have insurance policies on our children’s lives as well as our own, we never imagined we would make a claim. For us, it was one of the ways we could help secure the girls’ financial futures.”

When Maddie died unexpectedly before the age of 2 in 2005, the policy eased the stress on their family and marriage, says Mark. “There was a night when we literally said to each other, ‘This is a defining moment in our lives. It will tear us apart or it will make us stronger.’ Because we had the time to work through it, this tragedy did not break us.”