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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
2 days ago
Maria P. from Sierra Vista, AZ writes:
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This is a must!
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Someone from Ripon, CA signed.
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Kristine A. from Morrisville, PA writes:
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This is so needed ............. the devastation of losing a child can not even be put into words.
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Someone from Chantilly, VA writes:
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Please do your part to acknowledge the incredibly painful effect that the loss of a child brings to a family. Your job should not be in jeopardy when you have lost a child.
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Someone from Chantilly, VA writes:
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Please do your part to acknowledge the incredibly painful effect that the loss of a child brings to a family. Your job should not be in jeopardy when you have lost a child.
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Jason D. from Hobe Sound, FL signed.
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Lindsay H. from Marion, IL writes:
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Please pass this amendment for all of us who have lost a child and not been able to use our FMLA for it. There should be no question on allowing the change for miscarriage, still birth, infant/child loss, or the death of any child. Please do this small thing for those that we can do so little for. I wish it could have been done for me.
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Elizabeth G. from Newington, CT writes:
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I lost my son on 6/17/15 and wish this was in effect then
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Serafina R. from Hasbrouck Heights, NJ signed.
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Rosa C. from Hasbrouck Heights, NJ signed.
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Rosa C. from Hasbrouck Heights, NJ signed.
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Someone from De Pere, WI signed.
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Someone from Kansas City, MO writes:
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There should be no question that this should pass easily in both the House and Senate. The only change I would like to see is the age, it doesn't hurt any less if your child is 18, 25, 30 or any age. It is still an out of order death. We lost our 28 year old son. In December 2015. I could not concentrate or focus on any one thing for several months. I woulld break down crying for no teason. I went back to work in mid January and a week later was told my position was being eliminated. It was a full year before I could even begin to think of working again. There are still days that I struggle but nothing like those first months.
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Someone from Kansas City, MO writes:
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There should be no question that this should pass easily in both the House and Senate. The only change I would like to see is the age, it doesn't hurt any less if your child is 18, 25, 30 or any age. It is still an out of order death. We lost our 28 year old son. In December 2015. I could not concentrate or focus on any one thing for several months. I woulld break down crying for no teason. I went back to work in mid January and a week later was told my position was being eliminated. It was a full year before I could even begin to think of working again. There are still days that I struggle but nothing like those first months.
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Someone from Vincennes, IN writes:
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I had two bereavement days. Used all pto and back to work in 8 days. I wanted to die after losing my daughter and needing my income and benefits and job shouldn't have been a worry trying keep my other children and family together signed Hailey's mom
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Debra J. from Madill, OK writes:
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I fell and shattered ankle a week before my sons death. I cannot imagine what it would have been like if I hadn't been confined to a wheelchair and had to go back to work. It's actually unthinkable that we expect people to do that.
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Rida B. from Birmingham, AL signed.
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Lorrie C. from Asheville, NC signed.
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Susana U. from Gainesville, FL signed.
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Stephanie K. from Temecula, CA writes:
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This is so important for the parent when they suffer the loss of a child.
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Wendy G. from Crystal River, FL signed.
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Lisa S. from Cleveland, OH signed.
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Leida V. from Orlando, FL signed.
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Someone from Plainfield, IL signed.
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Tiffany H. from Las Vegas, NV signed.
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Dorene D. from Old Forge, PA signed.
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Tracy B. from Faulkton, SD signed.
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Tracy B. from Faulkton, SD signed.
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Kimberly B. from Bellingham, WA signed.
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Ronda R. from Washington, IA signed.
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Ronda R. from Washington, IA signed.
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mary b. from Exeter, NH signed.
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Tanya C. from Las Vegas, NV writes:
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Signed! Please help & pass!!
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Tanya C. from Las Vegas, NV writes:
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Signed! Please help & pass!!
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Jacqueline B. from Las Vegas, NV signed.
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Leann S. from Las Vegas, NV writes:
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For our lost lovrd ones.
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Bobbi F. from Johnson City, TN writes:
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I feel this Bill should be passed immediately. After the death of my son, I was lucky to be able to take off, but some companies won't allow it.
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Donna P. from Middletown, NJ writes:
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I wish this would have been in effect when we lost our 25 year old son on thanksgiving day 2015. Motorcycle accident. I was laid off by text from my job 8 weeks after I lost my son. I went back to work after 6 days. I couldn't function. My husband went back to work after 6 days as well. He was laid off 3 months later. No time to grieve. We both could not afford to be out of work. We took a hit financially with new jobs that gave us a little more freedom that it's ok to have a sad day.
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Marianne S. from Saint Marys, KS signed.