Mom fears she won’t survive cost-of-living crisis after husband dies

Claire Henaughan, her late husband Luke and their daughter Abbigale.

Luke Henaughan, 34, died suddenly last month (Image: SWNS)

A widowed mother does not know how to keep her child warm and fed after losing her husband’s income.

Luke Henaughan, 34, died suddenly on September 25, leaving behind his wife Claire, 33, and their eight-year-old daughter, Abbigale.

The small family relied on Luke’s job as a carer, which brought in £700 a month, to help pay for their mortgage and bills.

Claire must now find the cash to stay afloat amid a skyrocketing cost-of-living crisis.

She said: “With the cost of living crisis, I just don’t know how to deal with it. I’m so afraid.

“Rising costs would have been bad anyway, but now we’re moving from relatively stable to outright problems.

“Somehow I have to keep this house warm and feed and care for everyone now, and without warning. I just don’t see how to do this.

Claire Henaughan, her late husband Luke and their daughter Abbigale.

Claire met her husband Luke when she was 15 (Image: SWNS)

Claire Henaughan, her late husband Luke and their daughter Abbigale.

Luke’s family relied on his £700 monthly income to survive (Image: SWNS)

“We didn’t save for a funeral, so I have to find the money for that somehow.”

Luke’s death came as a complete surprise as his cause of death is not yet known.

He had been on antibiotics for a mild chest infection for the week before his death, but otherwise seemed fine.

Claire, from Cannock, Staffordshire, was away over the weekend when Luke started feeling particularly ill around 5.30am the Sunday before last.

He called a family member and they called an ambulance. Paramedics gave Luke CPR when they arrived, but he died within 45 minutes.

Claire, who met Luke when she was 15 and married him in 2009, is devastated by the loss.

Claire Henaughan, her late husband Luke and their daughter Abbigale.

Luke’s cause of death is yet to be determined (Image: SWNS)

Claire Henaughan's late husband Luke and their daughter Abbigale.

Claire said Abbigale “should still have her father” (Image: SWNS)

She said: “None of us are expecting to get that call – but don’t take anything for granted.

“Make sure you can move on financially without your partner because your worst nightmares can come true.

“Abbigale should still have her father, and Luke and I should be able to grow old and gray together. Luke was my rock.’

Claire wants her experience to serve as a warning to others so they can make sure they aren’t in the same financial situation as her.

She added: “Never think you’re too young to suffer disaster – tragedy can happen at any age.

‘So, pick up the phone and get life insurance. Do all the things you want to do, don’t procrastinate. Don’t think you have tomorrow because you may not have it.’

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