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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My lovely daughter lost one of her identical twin daughters. The baby lived for 45 minutes. She had her own life insurance policy provided by the employer, which impressed me, but what didn't impress was that she was allowed 3 days in her leave time towards the loss of this sweet child. Such a loss, people need to take the time to grieve. I lost my father suddenly, I had 1 week to face that death, plan a funeral and deal with my aging mother. I returned to work, but was mentally and physically drained. I doubt my office got any real work out of me for the following 2 weeks. I honestly don't remember the time, I was in a fog.
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This just happened Monday night. A parent's or family members grief can not be measured in days or weeks. It is not possible...
FLMA should most definitely cover the loss of a child, no matter the age. With that said, a GOOD and CARING employer will always be there for their employee in the time of need.
When my son was tragically killed by a drunk driver there was no option for me to take any time off from my job. I ended up having to quit because I could not function. This on top of the death of our son caused a financial burden we have never recovered from.
I lost my 16 year old son 9/19/10 I took time off and my employer was very good to me but at the same time made me jump through a lot of hoops. They also called me several times a week to ask me when I would be back to work. Life as I knew it was over I did not want to go on living or explain to someone that I was not in the right mind to even consider working 40 plus hours a week. One time my boss even told me I lost my mother and I still miss her but I do not take the day off on her birthday or anniversary of her death. There is no comparison to the loss of a child! Everyone grieves different and in their own way but just imagine loosing one of your kids your heart your soul...