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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.<br />
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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. <br />
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As your constituent, I encourage you to give this issue serious consideration and support The Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act/ The Parental Bereavement Act of 2017 in the House and/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 to qualify for these benefits.<br />
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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.<br />
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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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Oct 18th, 2017
Someone from Osseo, MN signed.
Oct 16th, 2017
Diane M. from La Porte City, IA writes:
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Consider this fact: The death of a child affects both Democrats and Republicans. Families need longer than 3 days to grieve.
Oct 8th, 2017
Dawn G. from Mendon, IL signed.
Oct 6th, 2017
Someone from Swansea, MA signed.
Sep 30th, 2017
DIA R. from Minneapolis, MN signed.
Sep 29th, 2017
Robert S. from Stoughton, MA signed.
Sep 28th, 2017
Miracle L. from Honey Grove, TX writes:
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In honor of Draven Xavier Dennis, our only child, whom we lost on June 14th 2017. His father was fired for missing work to go with me to pick up his ashes.
Sep 28th, 2017
Anne O. from Portland, OR writes:
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Please consider amending this bill to include spouses/partners. Few in the workplace understand the emotionally traumatized condition in which parents and spouses/partners find themselves after a death, most especially when it is sudden. My husband died suddenly and unexpectedly of cardiac arrest. I was already retired when he died but certainly would have needed more than standard bereavement leave to deal with the emotional trauma of his sudden demise.
Sep 27th, 2017
Patricia R. from Fishkill, NY signed.
Sep 11th, 2017
Alan H. from Aston, PA writes:
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The loss of a child is a trauma which can shake a parent to their core. I don't profess to empathize with all bereaved parents, as I believe sudden death is different from death by a prolonged disease in the way it affects the parents. That is, parents who have "benefit" of anticipatory grief can at least negotiate through the immediate loss a little differently. Nonetheless, the loss of a child is life altering to a parent.
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