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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 Monee, IL signed.
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Mary Angela B. from Vincennes, IN writes:
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Losing a child is the worst nightmare a parent will ever face. It is not right that they should worry about losing their job too.
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Jennifer N. from Alsip, IL signed.
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Nancy S. from Parrish, FL signed.
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Carolinne C. from Memphis, TN writes:
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I agree. If given time off to care for sick child under FMLA, then that child dies, theres no way you can return right to work, bereavement time needs to be included in this. Grieving family.
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Alyssa F. from Dracut, MA signed.
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Sunshine W. from Plainfield, IN signed.
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Someone from Oakdale, CA writes:
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The age of the child shouldn't be limited to the age of 18. The loss of of an adult child is as agonizing as the loss of one under 18 years old. The loss of a child, of any age, violates the natural order and cycle of life and death. As a bereaved mom, I agree that parents should have an extended leave after the death of a child, whatever the age.
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Leslie L. from Austin, TX writes:
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I am a bereaved Mother. I know for a fact that parents need at least 6 weeks before returning to work. This is the worst pain a person can experience. I plead for future parents to be given this time and this right.
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Monica S. from Richmond, KS signed.
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Heather L. from Clinton, TN signed.
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Jennifer R. from Riverview, FL signed.
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Kathy A. from Vincennes, IN signed.
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Kris R. from Cuyahoga Falls, OH signed.
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Someone from Crete, IL signed.
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Lois C. from Bethesda, MD writes:
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I lost my son David. Bereaved parents have suffered the worse loss parents could suffer. They need more than a few days of leave.
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Kerry M. from Crete, IL signed.
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Mary K. from Mokena, IL signed.
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Cheryl A. from Crete, IL writes:
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I lost my Son, Joe, to cancer when he was 8 years old. Please give parents a chance to grieve and get their family back together before they have to go back to work.
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Mary K. from Mokena, IL signed.
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