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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When I lost my little Joe 22 years ago, I still had to recover from a delivery and care for my 2 older boys. We made it through, but it was double difficult to care for my boys while we were all grieving. My husband was able to take some time to help us all through, and for that I'm very great full.
My employer is small so Is a dick dictator allowing 27days off then 2weeks half days then full time at 5 weeks. One employee lost there child upon returning to soon. Who's fault the child might have made it if the parents were resting. Is there any red flags
The loss of a child deserves time of to heal and grieve,a stillborn in my opinion should still.be given paternity leave,to help the healing mother and make arrangements for the child,and allow chance dad and other family to heal