For one woman, losing her home led to losing her life.
Balderrama, 53, left a note for her husband and 24-year-old son, saying they should "take the [life] insurance money and pay for the house," police said. But, tragically, most insurance companies won't even pay in the event of a suicide.
Momlogic contributor Rabbi Sherre Hirsch, author of We Plan, God Laughs: Ten Steps to Finding Your Divine Path When Life is Not Turning Out Like You Wanted, says that sort of pressure can feel like too much to bear. "A lot of women handle all the finances, but are hesitant to talk to their spouses when troubles arise," she says. "Maybe they don't know how he'll react, or they don't want to emasculate him." But in those cases, women are not only forced to deal with the stress of the family's financial woes alone, but also must bear the burden of harboring such a deep, dark secret.
With the economy getting worse and worse, gas and grocery prices skyrocketing, and foreclosure on the rise, the financial pressures have never been higher. But that's why it's more important than ever to communicate with your spouse about money, according to Hirsch. For her tips for moms, click here.