As the officer sat me down and explained what happened, the look on his face and everyone else’s that day is something I will never forget. Everyone could feel the pain that swept my body clean as I just stood there. As the next three days drained on while my childhood hero was living by machines, I knew my father was no longer here. But my biggest challenge to face wasn’t the fact the I had lost both my parents within five years it was the story of my father seizing into a canal and having a heart attack with multiple seizures that left him brain dead. I incurred more adult responsibility at 18 than most people in their 40s with both parents still in their lives. I found out useful information such as how a mortgage payment works, and had to retrieve a lawyer since my father had no life insurance along with no will in sight.
With no life insurance, I had to come up with the expenses for my house, car insurance, and the funeral. My family and I set up a GoFundMe account to raise funds and my community donated a total of $10,000. That took care of my father’s funerary expenses along with past due bills and left enough to get me to school. Not to mention, after his passing, I had a month and a half to take care of all the responsibilities by myself before I left the town I knew and loved to better myself and prosper despite my challenges. Having no life insurance has been a struggle from finding healthcare to trying to make ends meet in college with the expenses of a middle-aged adult. Although I have felt like giving up on my happiness and life itself, I know I am here for a bigger purpose and my parents would be incredibly proud of the young woman I am today. If my father had proper life insurance, I would not have had to stress about financial obligations as much as I do now, and since my father’s death was a tragic accident, I might have received benefits that I am not entitled to now because I have already received one parents. I cannot imagine the day I will lose sight of the impact my father’s death has had on me; however, it is realizing how to carry on and only let this story influence my life in a positive way.