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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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Jul 22nd, 2017
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Carlie R. from Jeannette, PA writes:
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I have lost a child to pediatric cancer and fully support this petition. No parent should ever have to go through this, let alone go back to work without any time off to grieve.
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Ashley H. from Crofton, MD writes:
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I lost our second son to SIDS at 3 months old. The grief that I felt losing a child is so intense. It's nothing like I have ever felt before. 10 years later it's still there somewhat, but I've learned to live with it. When you lose a child a piece of you is gone. An aching hole is left that can never be filled. Parents NEED to grieve. Together and with their family.
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Andrew T. from Framingham, MA writes:
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This should be allowed and available to all parents.
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