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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
1 day ago
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
1 day ago
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
1 day ago
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
1 day ago
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
1 day ago
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
1 day ago
Someone from Louisville, KY writes:
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My daughter died unexpectedly six months ago, she was 24 and it doesn't hurt any less, I went back to work less than a week after burying her, putting her children back in daycare and school, when I should have been with them. I'm now on FILA 6 months later due to mental health breakdown because it was all too much. I have had my first write up after 8 years with nothing but stellar reviews and accomplishments. Please pass this bill.
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Hayley L. from Lees Summit, MO writes:
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I tragically lost my son last February in a car accident. The day after the accident, I obviously didn't get out of bed. Frozen, lost, in complete shock. My job actually had the nerve to call asking where I was, even though my best friend had already contacted my temporary agency that I actually worked for- under the impression they would let my 'job' know. I didn't receive one single paid day off, and I returned to work 2 days later, for I couldn't afford to just hide and grieve- I am a single Mom.
1 day ago
Maureen W. from North Las Vegas, NV signed.
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Debra A. from Keansburg, NJ writes:
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I'm so sorry that you have to go through that as I know it has been a difficult road for all of you.
1 day ago
Susan P. from Salida, CA writes:
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You never stop being a parent.
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Shaunaly H. from Toms River, NJ signed.
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Cheryl M. from Lawrenceville, IL signed.
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Kay T. from Charlotte, NC writes:
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Being a bereaved parent since 2004 and having experienced the debilitating effects of child loss, I urge our representatives in Washington to support leave for bereaved parents.
1 day ago
Della N. from El Paso, TX writes:
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I was out for only a week. While my Judge was compassionate, it was way too soon for me to return. I was a mess and everybody knew it. I would have to leave the courtroom suddenly and go to the restroom and fall apart because my son would come to my mind. The attorneys and the bailiff didn't know what to say or do. The tears would just come. It was embarrassing.
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Karen G. from Littleton, CO signed.
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Annette H. from Morehead, KY writes:
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My son Collin Wilder passed at age 18 suddenly in my arms. It was a surreal experience, two years later I am still grieving and dealing with my loss. To ask someone who has lost a child to go back to work after a few days is cruel. Please share this and consider passing this bill. It will cost you nothing.
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Kristin T. from Santa Rosa, CA signed.
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Kristin T. from Santa Rosa, CA signed.
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Michaela B. from Oak Forest, IL signed.
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Someone from Columbia, MD signed.
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Mary H. from Carbondale, IL signed.
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Mary H. from Carbondale, IL signed.
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Kathleen B. from Woodstock, GA writes:
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As someone that has lost a child, I totally agree!
1 day ago
Courtney S. from Loogootee, IN writes:
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Much needed addition!!
1 day ago
Someone from Indianapolis, IN writes:
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I had no idea this was not included in the FMLA act. This is definitely needed.
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Mary Ann W. from Eureka Springs, AR signed.
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Lori F. from Brownstown, IN signed.
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Ashley F. from Brownstown, IN signed.
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Ashley F. from Brownstown, IN signed.
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Lori G. from Jeffersonville, IN signed.
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David M. from Conroe, TX writes:
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David Mayer- TEXAS agrees and signed
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