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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
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Marianne S. from Saint Marys, KS signed.
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Ladeana G. from Gastonia, NC signed.
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Lauren B. from Wallingford, CT signed.
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Lynne S. from Littleton, CO writes:
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Wish they had this bill when our daughter passed away in 2010. My husband lost his job because he just couldn't focus. Please pass this! No grieving parent deserves to lose their income after such a tragedy.
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Sally L. from Sweeny, TX writes:
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Unfortunately,this bill won't help me but would highly recommend the extra time off, as we are preoccupied and often running on pure autopilot. I was so emotional that I cried in front of my students I was working with in speech therapy sessions.
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Alice R. from Snover, MI signed.
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Judy H. from Granville, OH signed.
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Janine C. from Henderson, NV signed.
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Deborah M. from Shakopee, MN signed.
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Heather E. from Yucaipa, CA signed.
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Melissa M. from Chickamauga, GA signed.
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Nyree C. from Livermore, CA signed.
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MONICA M. from Ponchatoula, LA writes:
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I lost my son 9 months ago. My husband lost his son. His brother and sister lost their big brother. We all needed each other and time to grieve. This is needed for families. Especially the families that have lost their child. I see new families joining this gut wrenching journey every day. Do what you can to help them, please.
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Lori M. from Las Vegas, NV signed.
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Teresa R. from Oklahoma City, OK signed.
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Dana C. from Louisville, KY writes:
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After losing my son I realized how little time you actually get to deal with the biggest loss ever. I even told my supervisor that there needs to be something done to help parents who have lost their children.
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Joan A. from Iowa City, IA signed.
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Jason P. from Las Vegas, NV signed.
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Jason P. from Las Vegas, NV signed.
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Bernadette P. from Las Vegas, NV signed.
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Carol W. from Gainesville, FL writes:
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When my son Ryan was killed, I was devastated and in no way ready or able to work. I couldn't focus on tasks. I cried all the time. I had other children that I needed to be present for. This amendment is essential for grieving families.
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Carry S. from Mableton, GA writes:
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We just lost our daughter and know first hand that this is very much needed. It is the most excruciating, painful time in your life. In our case, we live in Georgia and she lived in Nebraska, we not only had to set up and go through all of her service arrangements, but also had to clean out her apartment and close all of her affairs. That took 2 weeks alone. Please consider passing this.
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Nancy D. from Manteca, CA signed.
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Jennifer M. from Westmoreland, NH writes:
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Yes, this is so signifigant. Please listen to bereaved parents cries.
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Claudia S. from Galt, CA signed.
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Irene S. from Westwood, NJ signed.
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Irene S. from Westwood, NJ signed.
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Deana S. from Ojai, CA writes:
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I didn't return to work for a few weeks after losing my son. Everyone should have a chance to take care of their family and other responsibilities in the face of such a tremendous loss. This makes sense to add this leave to the FMLA.
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Amy M. from Cool, CA signed.
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Someone from New Port Richey, FL writes:
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Expecting a grieving parent to return to work, in most cases, only after a few days off is ridiculous. The grief is still so raw and people shouldn't feel forced to choose between losing their job and healing. There is no greater loss than the loss of a child and this great country should recognize that and support American parents in times of such profound grief.
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Holly G. from Lowell, MA signed.
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Lisa C. from Warren, MI signed.
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Lisa C. from Warren, MI signed.
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Lisa C. from Warren, MI signed.
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Lisa C. from Warren, MI signed.
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Lisa C. from Warren, MI signed.
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Denise B. from Tewksbury, MA signed.
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Shelley S. from Dallas, TX signed.
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Someone from Clearwater, FL writes:
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Total agreement
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Bridget K. from Minot, ND writes:
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As a parent who has lost a child, I believe that every parent in this horrible situation should be able to grieve at their own pace. Please vote for this bill and allow them that.