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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 Peoria, AZ writes:
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I support the Parental Bereavemnet Act. After losing my son in 2015, it was very difficult to return to work after 2 weeks of his passing. It's incomprehensible to know that parents can take anywhere from 3-6 months off for maternity leave but only 5 days for bereavement? Therefore, I support this act.
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Jessica M. from Nesbit, MS signed.
February 3, 2017
John N. from Fort Worth, TX writes:
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Please - do the right thing.
January 27, 2017
Cindy J. from Lockport, IL writes:
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So very true...and I was dismissed 4 months after my son died. !! Nobody understands the depth of the pain
January 27, 2017
Greg M. from Plymouth, MA writes:
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As a working parent to a terminally I'll child I fully support this.
January 6, 2017
Someone from Miami, FL signed.
January 6, 2017
Mary Ann W. from Columbus, OH writes:
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Please support the Parental Bereavement Leave Act. I lost my son very suddenly in 2009 and was not able to function in my straight commission sales job. Unbelievably, two of my coworkers took on my entire workload for me for 2 months and gave all of the commission income to me. Who knew that this level of kindness exists in this world.?! But, it shouldn't be the kindness of colleagues that saves us at such a terrible time- -it should be the compassion and duty of our employers to protect and support us through the worst time in our lives as parents.