Parental Bereavement Leave (The Farley-Kluger Initiative to Amend the FMLA)

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I, the undersigned, support the need for a Parental Bereavement Leave Act as a way of extending coverage and existing benefits allowed by FMLA to employees that have experienced the death of a child.

It is my strong opinion that the death of a child is one of the worst experiences that anyone can endure. I find it unacceptable that the death of a child is not included as a protected reason to qualify for the benefits that are set forth in the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993.

As your constituent, I encourage you to give this issue serious consideration and support The Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act/ The Parental Bereavement Act in either the House (HR2260) or Senate (S1320) to make the necessary modification to the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. Since the existing FMLA defines a child as anyone under the age of 18, verbiage should be added to allow bereaved parents to qualify for these benefits.

I support Kelly Farley and Barry Kluger in their efforts to make these necessary changes and allow the time needed to begin the healing process.

The Farley-Kluger Initiative is proud to have the support of such organizations as the Polly Klaas Foundation, the National Association of Social Workers, American Counseling Association, the Elisabeth-Kubler Ross Foundation, Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA), First Candle, The Grief Recovery Institute Educational Foundation, Parents of Murdered Children (POMC), The MISS Foundation, Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc., The JED Foundation, Blue Star Families, Gold Star Mothers and Fathers, The Sarah Grace Foundation for Children with Cancer, The Children's Bereavement Center of Miami, National Students of AMF, American Academy of Grief Counseling, National Alliance for Grieving Children, Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance and The American Institute for Health Care Professionals, to name a few.

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As a grieving parent I was only allowed 3 days after my son died under the law. My company was wonderful and did what they could to support this life changing unexpected tragedy by allowing me to take whatever vacation time I had accrued. It is incomprehensible that this 3 day limit exists; just remembering to breathe after such a loss takes every ounce of strength. Please make this a humane law that allows time for the healing process to begin in the anguish of child loss.
Respectfully Yours,
Lori Hill
I lost my daughter, Elizabeth, May 3, 2016. I was given 2 days for death and the rest of the week I had to use Annual Leave days. I was only out of work 5 days. I still struggle everyday just to breathe through my broken heart. There is no way to console this pain. It's always there. You are numb. You can't focus. You can't think straight. Grieving parents need more time to adjust. No one should ever have to bury their chikd. It's a horrid club to be part of.
I lost my son 5 years ago and I had to be back at work in less than a week. I was still inshock because his death was sudden due to a motorcycle accident and I was in shape physically or mentally to go back but I had too. Please help others that they dont have to do that, we need time to grieve our children