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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The loos of your child no matter how old is shattering to your heart, soul and mind, You become physically and mentally ill instantly! After my second year without my son, I am still incapable to go back to my life long professional career as a Critical Care Respiratory Therapist. In which by the way, Social Security Disability DENIES me Severe Major Depression/Anxiety Disorder now!!!!!Since he left. How about our Government :/:/:/
Seven and one half years ago, I was on duty as a Certified Nurse-Midwife attending a woman in labor when I received a call from my home town police officer stating that he needed to talk to me about my son and wanted to know where to find me at the hospital. I knew at that point that my son was dead. I guess it was fortunate my son died right before my planned 2 week vacation so that I had an additional 2 weeks off from the 2 weeks that my practice gave me off. I worked for a small private OB/GYN practice and did not have a short term disability benefit. I surely could have benefited from more time off. A nurse-midwife needs to make life and death decisions. The health of the mother and her unborn child is in his or her hands. Working in a state of deep grief is dangerous and a threat to patient's well-being. Please consider supporting changes to the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 that would give benefits to bereaved parents so that they can heal before returning to work. Dr. Rebecca Fay