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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
Mar 19th, 2017
Pam W. from Simpsonville, SC signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Pam E. from Deerfield Beach, FL signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Lance B. from Plano, TX writes:
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I know personally of people who could benefit greatly from this amendment. It is just and compassionate to add it to the existing FMLA rule.
Mar 18th, 2017
Jessica A. from Seattle, WA signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Marcia M. from Phoenix, AZ signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Shelley P. from Fort Lauderdale, FL signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Debbie S. from Phoenix, AZ signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Steve G. from New York, NY writes:
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This act should become part of our society.
Mar 18th, 2017
Joan K. from Phoenix, AZ signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Cheryl D. from New York, NY writes:
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It's important to all parents to have time to grieve after the loss of a child. I fully support the Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act and ask you, my representative, to join me in this important support that can make a true difference.
Mar 18th, 2017
Bonnie H. from Mesa, AZ writes:
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How could a mom who lost her child be able to go back to her classroom to teach in the few days we are allowed for "personal time?" Please don't make a horrible situation worse.
Mar 18th, 2017
Lindy P. from Flagstaff, AZ writes:
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Fully support
Mar 18th, 2017
Donna M. from Goodyear, AZ writes:
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This bill is so overdue. Grieving parents need time to grieve. It's inhumane to not guarantee Grieving prints time to heal and find the inner strength to move on.
Mar 18th, 2017
Jessica H. from Flagstaff, AZ signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Jay L. from Boynton Beach, FL signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Laura K. from Jacksonville, FL writes:
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2 weeks minimum...
Mar 18th, 2017
Nicole B. from Flagstaff, AZ signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Judith J. from Flagstaff, AZ writes:
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There, but for the grace of God go I. This is a no-brainer.
Mar 18th, 2017
Melissa C. from Indialantic, FL writes:
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Please pass this!
Mar 18th, 2017
Leah B. from Flagstaff, AZ signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Someone from Flagstaff, AZ writes:
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Must be added to FMLA.
Mar 18th, 2017
Patti V. from Louisville, KY writes:
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please get this passed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Michelle D. from Flagstaff, AZ signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Holly Z. from Flagstaff, AZ signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Jeffrey L. from Lake Worth, FL signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Debi C. from Roseville, CA signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Amy J. from Kew Gardens, NY signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Margie R. from Midland, MI signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Jean G. from New York, NY signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Jeanee G. from Lynbrook, NY writes:
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This is a bill that just makes sense. For humanity's sake. Get it done
Mar 18th, 2017
Robert B. from Wayne, NJ writes:
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Thank you Barry , for.bringing this very important legislation to our attention. It's people like you that make our system work
Mar 18th, 2017
Robert B. from Wayne, NJ writes:
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Thank you Barry , for.bringing this very important legislation to our attention. It's people like you that make our system work
Mar 18th, 2017
Jane F. from Roseland, NJ writes:
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Every grieving parent needs time to get over the death of a child. Please amend the FMLA in honor of Barry Kluger (who lost his beloved daughter Erica) and has fought so hard on behalf of all other parents who have walked this path after him, so that they can began to put their pieces of their heart back together.
Mar 18th, 2017
Michelle G. from Flagstaff, AZ writes:
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As a physician, I learned in my psychiatry courses that the top two stressors in life that someone can experience are the death of a child or the death of a spouse. I find it incomprehensible that we do not extend FMLA to bereaved parents. I fully support this compassionate, commonsense legislative measure. Having lost my spouse unexpectedly, I found that the cognitive impairment that accompanied my grief made it impossible for me to return to my practice of the anesthesia for many months. I can only imagine the devastation wrought by the loss of a child. I implore you to push for adoption of this legislation.
Mar 18th, 2017
Vivienne D. from Mountain Lakes, NJ writes:
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Of course this should be included FMLA.
Mar 18th, 2017
Elizabeth P. from Chicago, IL signed.
Mar 18th, 2017
Barry K. from Scottsdale, AZ writes:
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We are pleased to announce that The Sarah-Grace-Farley-Kluger Act was introduced in the Senate on March 6 and in the House on March 16, where it is the first bi-partisan bill.
Mar 15th, 2017
Mindy C. from Miami, FL writes:
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As a founder and executive director for 17 years of the Children's Bereavement Center, serving grieving children and families in 94 groups a month , and it's subsidiary, Lift From Loss, serving both younger and older adults, our organization fully endorses the Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act/The Parental Bereavement Act. As a Psychologist and Thanatologist having worked with grieving families for over 30 years, I understand the need for compassion and time to adjust after the trauma of loss, and particularly in cases of child loss.
Mar 15th, 2017
Claude G. from Miami, FL signed.
Mar 13th, 2017
Margaret W. from Rome, PA writes:
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Our grandson was still born 2/27/16 ,his father had to go in to work and get his FMLA status changed ,had one to help his wife care for newborn, had to change it after wife had some medical troubles , because according to terms in FMLA they didn't have a baby ..This is not right .