Parental Bereavement Leave (The Farley-Kluger Initiative to Amend the FMLA)

Urge Congress to modify the Family Medical Leave Act.

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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Public Comments (50,319)
Feb 19th, 2018
Jonathan D. from Saint Simons Island, GA writes:
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Signed
Dec 29th, 2017
Susan P. from Eatontown, NJ signed.
Dec 28th, 2017
Gregory H. from Saint Charles, IL signed.
Dec 21st, 2017
SHARON C. from Columbus, OH writes:
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My position deal with desperate individuals seeking food assistance. I came back to work one week after I had my son's funeral. He was killed by a bullet while sleeping on the couch of his home. There was no time to say goodbye, it was sudden and unexpected. I had no time to grieve, because I had to get all the funeral arrangements done and etc... So while on the job, I must work with desperate individuals while starting to grieve and finally deal with the shock. The FMLA is a wonderful avenue but it must be amended to include more time for parents to deal with the loss of a child.
Dec 18th, 2017
Someone from Sublimity, OR signed.
Dec 18th, 2017
Someone from Sublimity, OR signed.
Dec 18th, 2017
Someone from Sublimity, OR signed.
Dec 18th, 2017
Someone from Sublimity, OR signed.
Dec 18th, 2017
Mounika N. from Falls Church, VA signed.
Dec 7th, 2017
Someone from Eugene, OR writes:
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thank god I was close to retire . I would not have been able to work. My daughter died of cancer after a few months fighting all while my husband was dying from Alzheimer's. There was no way I can keep my mind straight on anything. No support.

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