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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 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.

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 Warrenton, MO signed.
11 hours ago
Sarah B. from Springfield, MO writes:
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This is definitely needed and doesn't even begin to explain what the "healing process" time would need; but additional time granted to begin those stages, would be extremely helpful!
Jun 22nd at 10:25 am
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Jun 22nd at 8:58 am
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Suzanne H. from Montrose, CO signed.
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Christina W. from Cape Girardeau, MO writes:
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I was severly injured in the wreck that killed my son thats the only reason I was granted leave without loosing my job. I didnt get my salary at all, but i had my job when I recovered. If i hadnt been hurt I would of lost my job the grief you experience with child loss is devastating. You can not just go to work! You need time to heal.
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Someone from Grover, MO signed.
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Karen C. from Carrollton, TX writes:
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After losing our 22 year old daughter November 1, 2015, I had no idea who came, called, or entered my life to help. I lost my memory during this devastating time in our lives. I support the Parental Bereavement Act with all my heart❤
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Karen C. from Carrollton, TX writes:
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After losing our 22 year old daughter November 1, 2015, I had no idea who came, called, or entered my life to help. I lost my memory during this devastating time in our lives. I support the Parental Bereavement Act with all my heart❤
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Erica K. from Edwardsville, IL signed.