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Why my family comes before me

Family is everything to Maria Clemente. When fate struck her husband, she put her own needs last. Nevertheless she doesn’t complain. It actually makes her happy that she enables her husband and children to exercise self-determination.

A life for the family: Maria Clemente.

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In 2001, everything changed for Maria Clemente and her family. Her husband Vincenzo fell seriously ill. That is when the Swiss lady's life became a routine of hospital, customer services and work. She selflessly accepts her fate and puts her own needs last. “If someone in your family falls ill, you can’t simply take off and say I want my own life now”, she says. Family always comes first with her. 

Her daughter Letizia agrees. Her mother made the sacrifices to ensure her husband and children can have a self-determined life. “She did everything to care for my father and raise us kids. Unfortunately she doesn’t think about herself nearly enough.” Maria Clemente says that her biggest wish is to see her children have a better life than she did. “I do what I do with full conviction. I don’t want praise for it.”

“Self-determined life” video portrait series

In 2018, Swiss Life is devoting a portrait series to twelve people in whose lives self-determination plays an important part. The twelve people are selected from proposals submitted by Swiss Life Group employees. Self-determination – that is the essence of our business at Swiss Life. The course of people’s individual lives does not always run as planned. However, when it comes to financial security and covering risks, needs and demands are largely in harmony. With our offers and solutions, we support people in living self-determined lives. That has been the basis of our success for the past 160 years – and it underpins our corporate future.    

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