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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 Crestwood, KY writes:
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I support 100% The Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act/ The Parental Bereavement Act of 2017
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Someone from Vincennes, IN writes:
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Bereavement of a child should not have a line drawn at the age of 18.
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peggy c. from West Wareham, MA writes:
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get it done!
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Eric J. from Redmond, WA writes:
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This makes a lot of sense. Bereavement of a child should not have a line drawn at the age of 18.
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Someone from Hazleton, IN writes:
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It should apply to your child no matter their age.
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Don M. from Howell, NJ writes:
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please do this
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Patricia G. from Melbourne, FL writes:
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I can't even imagine the agony.
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Tessa F. from Elizabethtown, KY writes:
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I don't think it should be limited to under age 18. Our children are always our children no matter how old we get and/or their age, their death would still be devastating.
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Someone from Vincennes, IN writes:
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I lost my daughter 29 yrs ago. It was the hardest most dramatic I've experienced. I needed time to get through this. Still feel the pain
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Someone from Vincennes, IN writes:
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I lost my daughter 29 yrs ago. It was the hardest most dramatic I've experienced. I needed time to get through this. Still feel the pain
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Someone from Vincennes, IN writes:
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I lost my daughter 29 yrs ago. It was the hardest most dramatic I've experienced. I needed time to get through this. Still feel the pain