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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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Someone from Las Vegas, NV writes:
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I wasn't acknowledged the time at work and had to use vacation time for my breavement. The doctor's office didn't even recommend it after the the stillbirth of our child. It seemed as if everything was to go back to normal after two weeks. The U.S. laws needs to understand that the child is a living being and restoration of the family, especially the mother should be recognized just the same as if the child were born healthy and living. A birth is a birth, it takes time to heal.
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September 22, 2016
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September 22, 2016
Someone from Phoenix, AZ writes:
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It is absolutely appalling that other countries like the UK and Canada provide maternity leave for stillborn babies but not the US. Mother's pf stillborn babies need just as much physical support as mothers of live babies and even more emotional support.
September 21, 2016
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