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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.
Public Comments
Feb 8th, 2011
Someone from South Bend, IN writes:
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As someone that has lost 2 babies in late-term miscarriages and my husband, I implore you to pass this act.
Feb 7th, 2011
Someone from New Carlisle, IN signed.
Feb 7th, 2011
Someone from Garland, TX signed.
Feb 7th, 2011
Someone from Pittsfield, MA writes:
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The death in the extended family (parents, and siblings) can be sad. The death of a child (adopted, step, or grandchild), especially a young child is devastating. Parents should have adequate time to grieve their loss, just as those parents welcoming a child are allowed time to adjust to their new family member. In fact, parents suffering a loss should get more time (if needed) than those welcoming a new child to the family.
Feb 7th, 2011
Someone from Yonkers, NY signed.
Feb 7th, 2011
Someone from Pittsfield, MA writes:
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I would add that it needs to be added that the 12 weeks off not be 1/2 just because the parents both work for the same company. I did not know this little tidbit about the FMLA act until my husband and I began working for the same company. They took away time because the FMLA act allows for only 6 weeks each when the two family members work for the same company. We were already dealing with lost time from FMLA when we gave birth and to have our daughter die was devastating. Our company was like well you only have X number of days left with FMLA because you used this many days and your husband used this many.
Feb 7th, 2011
Someone from Abilene, TX signed.
Feb 7th, 2011
Someone from Madison, WI writes:
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Although my employers were fair, still the 8 weeks later I was not doing well. Pressure/deadline to return to work on top of everything was only making things worse. My son was a healthy, responcible young man. At 25 years of age, he had made all of the "right decisions" yet he died suddenly without warning of SCD, which had been misdiagnosed as anxiety. Sudden Cardiac Death due to a heart problem (in spite of having high blood pressure) was overlooked. Three heart defects in a person who had a very active life, who had a physical job. He did not smoke, drink more than an occasional beer and did not do drugs. Yet he is gone forever. This is the worst thing that could ever happen to us, his father and I.
Feb 7th, 2011
Someone from Sandy Hook, CT signed.
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Someone from Woodbridge, VA signed.
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Someone from Abilene, TX signed.
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Someone from Kennesaw, GA signed.
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Someone from Chicago, IL signed.
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Someone from Abilene, TX signed.
Feb 7th, 2011
Someone from Wesley Chapel, FL writes:
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Let's get this changed. It is ridiculous to think that any parent woud be able to go back to work after a few days of losing a child.
Feb 7th, 2011
Someone from San Diego, CA signed.
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Someone from Hartwell, GA signed.
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Someone from Valrico, FL signed.
Feb 7th, 2011
Someone from Lutz, FL writes:
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I couldn't imagine the pain of losing a child much less having to return to work soon after.
Feb 7th, 2011
Someone from Deerfield, IL signed.
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Someone from Phoenix, AZ signed.
Feb 7th, 2011
Someone from Augusta, NJ writes:
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I understand the pain and grief of losing a child. Going back to work two weeks later was difficult. Suffering from panic attacks from shock and everday things was a chore.
Feb 7th, 2011
Someone from Naugatuck, CT signed.

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