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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 2019 (HR 983) in the House and (S.559) in the 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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Jan 18th, 2011
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Jan 18th, 2011
Someone from Yorktown Heights, NY writes:
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Please pass these requested changes to the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 -- it's the least we as a nation can do to help support grieving parents.
Jan 18th, 2011
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Someone from Frenchtown, NJ writes:
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I support this 100% and commend Kelly Farley and Barry Kluger for making this effort.
Jan 18th, 2011
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Please join us in this important effort.
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Jan 16th, 2011
Someone from Buford, GA writes:
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Unless you have lost a child you have no ideal what kind of pain and loss this is for each parent. Please help with this most painful situation for the parents of a lost child by passing these requested changes to the FMLA.
Jan 15th, 2011
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Someone from Richmond, VA writes:
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I'm signing on the behalf of my friend Brenda Cook and her son!
Jan 15th, 2011
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Someone from Petersburg, VA writes:
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I became aware of this act due to Brenda Cook. I am supporting anyone who has to deal with this loss in their life. My prayers are with you.
Jan 15th, 2011
Someone from Richmond, VA writes:
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The loss of a child evokes unimaginable emotional turmoil, not to mention the well-researched, proven stages of grief that one must endure. The process to finding peace and optimism again is an even more daunting and difficult aspect associated with this type of loss. When a child dies, it has a tremendously devastating effect on the parents, grandparents and other relatives. The parents, however, endure the greatest impact, which results in emotional and psychological instability that is often followed by negative behavioral changes. For this reason, I support this petition to amend the FMLA of 1993 so that moms and dads can access the help and utilize the time they need to recover.
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