Bob Marley was a popular musician, best known for his reggae style of music and adherence to the Rastafari mode of faith. Marley grew up in Jamaica, an area well known as a great source of poverty and pain, many of its inhabitants struggling to provide basic, everyday necessities such as adequate food and homes suitable to live in. He was raised in a traditional Catholic home, typical of many Jamaican men. Marley’s childhood and young adulthood were pivotal in shaping his musical career, as his modest upbringing instilled in him a sense of discomfort and dissatisfaction with the state of Jamaica and its inhabitants, inspiring the majority of his lyrics and his personal philosophy.
Marley’s discomfort with the treatment of the Jamaican people or, more importantly, African Jamaicans stemmed both from the social differences present in Jamaica’s social world, as well as the failure of Jamaica to thrive economically, driving many Jamaicans to poverty. Though Marley’s death occurred over 30 years ago, Jamaica’s economic system has not improved, as poverty rates continue to soar. An article published by Aubyn Hill in The Gleaner, a Jamaican newspaper, describes the economic situation thus: “I am more convinced than ever that our country, Jamaica, must move from economic stagnancy…inefficient and ineffective government and private-sector obsequiousness and fear, to one that seeks to produce economic growth and wealth for its citizens.” Many Jamaican families are facing the fear of being unable to pay for services most Americans take for granted, such as the ability to purchase healthy food, to make necessary home repairs, and to provide for family in the case of an accident. Though it may seem counterproductive, burial insurance may prove a benefit to Jamaican families, as the low monthly cost of burial insurance typically far outweighs the at-once payment required to perform funeral services. Though funeral insurance certainly may not be a viable option for those steeped in poverty, it may be an important purchase for families hovering above extreme poverty, ensuring that loved ones do not go under to provide adequate funeral arrangements, or that the deceased are not forced to be cast out without proper burial.
The current economic situation in Jamaica has not improved since the death of Bob Marley, arguably one of Jamaica’s greatest treasures and proponents for social reform. Though insurance may not be possible for many families suffering from the abysmal economic climate of Jamaica, where possible, funeral insurance may prove to be a sound purchase, saving loved ones from sinking beneath the weight of burial and funeral costs.