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 or Senate 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 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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As a parent who lost a full term stillborn child, it took ever ounce of strength to head back to work 8 weeks after our loss, but for financial reasons I had to. My husband had to head back after just 2 weeks. We are grateful for the time our work gave us to heal, but I can tell you we are far from healed and far from being as productive as we once were as we are just 11 weeks out from our loss. We have dealt with the loss of parents and grandparents, but this pain is by far much worse and much harder to heal from. Financially not only did we have to pay for all the normal costs of a full term pregnancy we also had to pay for a burial and funeral. Losing a child is extremely emotionally and financially draining.
this law has to be revisited to help all families cope with such a tragedy , of saying goodbye to a unborn. or a stillborn or a child, without having any way to pay for it . because the law says that the fetus wasn't born so this family or any other family cannot get help or support.