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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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jennifer R. from Crete, IL signed.
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Nancy and Dennis S. from Brooksville, FL writes:
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Bless everyone. I am a mother that has spent over 12, weeks grieving and know that it isn't over. How can we survive the loss of blessings shared by the Lord and go forward without being supportive by something as this ?
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Joy R. from Glen Saint Mary, FL signed.
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Judy H. from Gillette, WY writes:
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As a mother who has lost a child I truly believe thus should be passed. I was very fortunate to work with a company that was very understanding, however I know so many who were not as blessed as I was and lost their jobs because they could not work, or focus, or struggling will their loss. I honestly believe the true reason I was so fortunate is that my boss had suffered the loss of a child and truly understood the extent of what we were going through. Thank you for your time and consideration in this sensitive matter.
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Kassey M. from Monee, IL signed.
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Kristine G. from Monee, IL signed.
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Kayla R. from Vincennes, IN signed.
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Someone from Old Bethpage, NY writes:
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This is very important to the parents that are and will be going through this in the future. No one can fully understand unless it happens to them. I urge you to pass this Amendment.
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Jody O. from Tampa, FL signed.
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Megan T. from Grand Rapids, MI signed.
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Vicky B. from Riverview, FL signed.
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Loretta K. from Conroe, TX signed.
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Penny L. from Vincennes, IN signed.
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Michele H. from Vincennes, IN signed.
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Joy W. from Cincinnati, OH signed.
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Someone from Vincennes, IN writes:
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One of the worst sorrows is losing a child.
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Someone from Vincennes, IN writes:
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One of the worst sorrows is losing a child.
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Someone from Vincennes, IN writes:
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One of the worst sorrows is losing a child.
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Someone from Vincennes, IN writes:
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One of the worst sorrows is losing a child.
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Someone from Vincennes, IN writes:
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One of the worst sorrows is losing a child.
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Susan S. from Veradale, WA signed.
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Kelly P. from Joliet, IL signed.
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Phonesavanh R. from Oakland, CA writes:
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My significant other and I lost our son at 20 weeks and 4 days gestation of a preterm premature rupture. I was only five months pregnant. This loss has effected us immensely. Especially in myself who has had to start working just a month after loss. I was contemplating not working at all, but my significant other left his job and I was left to pick up the bills. If this bill is passed, it would benefit so many parents who need at least a year to recuperate and heal. I only wish this was passed long ago.
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Sheila B. from Monee, IL writes:
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You can't expect someone to come back to work after losing a child that quickly. It appears The United States has lost its heart and its mind. Please don't do this. A family member is in no shape to return to work. Depending on the job could even hurt themselves or others. Time is necessary to heal
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Carmela F. from Monee, IL signed.
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Debra T. from Greentown, PA writes:
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My 22 year old son passed 9 months ago. Believe us grieving parents when I say we need this.
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David B. from Monee, IL signed.
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David B. from Monee, IL signed.
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Heidi G. from Monee, IL writes:
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As a parent suffering the recent loss of my beautiful son, Zachary, please make this amendment and pass it soon. Unfortunately, nearly every day, a parent will need this.
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Susan W. from Canfield, OH signed.
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Susan W. from Canfield, OH writes:
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As a bereaved parent, this means a lot to me. Losing a child is beyond devastating, and while some patents choose to rerun to work immediately following the death of their child, others can barely function. Thank you.
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Tonya R. from Milton, FL signed.