The Garcia's has always been a happy family. The mother, Susan Garcia is a elementary school teacher, while Joseph, the father works at the most known law firm in the country. They would all eat dinner together every single night, and Susan and Joseph went on their bowling night every Friday night. The Garcia's are always supporting each other in everything they do.
On Tyler Garcia's 12th birthday, his father, Joseph Garcia fell and was rushed into the hospital in an ambulance. Tyler and his older sister Catalina, (who had received her license on her 16th birthday a few months prior) drove themselves to the hospital while their mom rode in the ambulance.
It was at the hospital where the family soon found out that when Joseph fell, he worsened a prior condition nobody knew about. He was only 46 years old and there was no reasonable explanation for it. The doctors decided there was nothing they could do, and a few days later Joseph Garcia died beside his wife and kids.
Thanks to the Social Security Lump Sum Death Payment, I was able to receive money to help out with taking care of my kids!
After her husbands passing, Susan Garcia quit her job as a teacher and took the next few weeks to handle with her grief. The whole family had trouble keeping up with their same hobbies. Tyler stopped playing football, and Catalina stopped playing softball. Rae having trouble sleeping wasn't easy on anyone for the next 6 months either.
As time went on, the Garcia's scraped together what money they could to survive. Susan was forced to sell the house and move into a trailer with her 3 kids. After enough time, Susan decided she had to do something about it. With a lot of research, she found out that there was a government program called "Social Security Lump Sum Death Payment."
Susan and her family qualified for this program. Within a few weeks they were back on their feet again. Susan was able to get the push she needed, and started working again as a middle school teacher this time. The difference in work load was a good distraction for her grief. The kids even started doing some of their same activities again.