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Originally Published on Thrive Global   “Happy” holidays? Let’s face it… the holidays can be the hardest time of the year by a longshot after you’ve lost someone dear to you. In a time where friends and family are meant to gather together, it’s all too easy to focus on the one face that’s missing from the picture. To top it all off, we’re now nine months into a worldwide pandemic that seems set on…
While this time of year is dedicated to reflecting on all we are thankful for, it’s also the perfect time to give!   GivingTuesday is a global movement that began in 2012 to unleash the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world through generosity.   You can participate in this annual event on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 by making a donation of any size to an organization(s) that has impacted…
While the holiday season is usually the happiest time of the year, it can be a time of incredible sorrow for many families and friends who have lost a loved one or are grieving the loss of family traditions as a result of the pandemic. No matter what you are grieving, the holidays and dark winter can make this time particularly lonely and challenging.  Here are five tips that have helped Annette grieve in healthy…
Suicide is a dark topic that is full of sorrow and grief, but it is something that needs to be discussed, especially during a pandemic that has caused many people around the world to feel isolated. Gary Roe currently serves as a hospice chaplain and grief counselor for Hospice Brazos Valley in central Texas, and his experience with grief and loss as a child has allowed him to reach out to people during their times…
COVID-19 has made these last few months challenging, and in Gary Roe’s words, “a grieving disaster.” Without the traditional rituals around goodbyes, this pandemic has made it harder for people, including teens, not to bottle up their sorrow. In this second episode with Gary, he shares his experience with teens and grief and ways that family members and friends can help them.  Grief can be especially difficult for teens, as the adolescent years are formative…
When most people hear about what Gary Roe does for a living, he says, “They just shake their heads and say, how did you wind up there?” The answer to this question is that Gary had a troubled childhood riddled with grief that he transformed into a career path for good, thanks to help from many people who supported him during those trying years. After studying psychology and going to seminary, Gary currently serves as…
Mark Worthington joins Parenting Impossible to share his insight about Trust Protectors and their role with Special Needs Trusts. A Trust Protector acts as a supervisor or watchdog to ensure the security of a trust, in part by observing the Trustee’s actions within the financial account. Often, families do not want to burden a single person with the role of Trustee, but they also know that having a Co-trustee can make the situation tense or…
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has officially called on the government to end the 14(c) program, a work program that explicitly permits employers to pay disabled individuals across the country less (sometimes far less) than the federal minimum wage for their labor.   In 2009, it became federal law to pay individuals no less than the minimum wage of $7.25. However, the U.S. Department of Labor has authorized certain employers (by the employers’ requests)…
Mom, podcast host and self-proclaimed loudmouth, Tamara Taggart, joined Parenting Impossible with host Annette Hines to talk about society’s perceptions of people with disabilities, specifically those of people with Down Syndrome. Tamara’s son, Beckett, was born with Down Syndrome, but the doctors did not diagnose him immediately. When they did, his disability was presented to her as bad news.  After receiving her son’s diagnosis, instead of accepting the doctors’ negative mindset about it, Tamara became…
Are you the parent, guardian, or caretaker of a loved one with disabilities? If so, you understand just how scary it can be to think about that individual’s future should you pass away or become incapacitated.    One of the best ways to ensure that your disabled loved one is well taken care of after you are no longer able to care for them yourself is by creating a special needs trust.   The…