Dad's death shows need to provide for kids - widow
Widow Aiveen Casey had to cope with the emotional blow of losing her partner and the expense of raising three children when her husband died of cancer.
Her husband, Dominic, passed away unexpectedly in 2010 after a routine medical procedure.
He had been diagnosed with leukaemia in May 2010, and died just 10 weeks later at the age of 46.
At the time the children were aged five, 14 and 18 years.
The Cork-based couple had the foresight to put life insurance in place before he died. Mr Casey was an engineer and Ms Casey was then working part-time.
"Dominic always wanted to ensure that if anything happened to him we'd be looked after," she said.
"It meant that, when he died, I was able to keep life as normal as possible for our kids," the Rochestown resident said.
The mortgage payments were covered when Dominic died.
"But it was the other general day-to-day costs, such as the cost of school books, uniforms, running a car, insurance costs, utilities and the many other hidden costs that really added-up," she says.
A childcare professional, the 50-year-old has since set up a crèche which she runs every morning.
"I was lucky that I didn't have childcare costs but as a childcare professional, I know that in some cases these costs can be similar to paying off a mortgage."
The huge emotional cost of the death of her husband has taken its toll.
Her advice to all families is to put life insurance in place.