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 to introducing and/or co-sponsoring the appropriate bill 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, regardless of age of the child, to qualify for these benefits.

I support Kelly Farley 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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This is one of the few bills that I think is good. Some companies do not let their employees take time after they loose a child. I can tell You all loosing a child no matter how old he/or she may be is the very worst experience a parent will have to endure. It is so very difficult to have to go back to work the day after and not have any time to grieve and at least be able to pull yourself together. This bill will insure that parents will not have to face loosing their job because they are too grief stricken to go back to work. Sue was fortunate that she works for a great company like Boeing. Boeing allowed her to use FMLA leave after our Son Daniel Passed away. Many other people who we have met since we lost Daniel said that their companies would not let them take any time at all. Many had to leave their jobs or be fired. No one should have to loose their job because they are too distraught to work. Please click the link and sign the petition. You will never know if this will happen to You. I pray it don't......Thank You