I have been blessed to work at a place that honored the sudden loss of my beautiful daughter, Amy. Amy was 9 months old when I started my job there so many knew of my sweet girl. However, my company offered short term disability, and I had to deal with this third party in order to get paid for the days I did not come into the office since I was working part time. In my heavy grief, I had to plead my case as to why?!? I needed to work part time. I remember screaming and crying into the phone one after the third time they asked my medical doctor to send them records…”what medical tests do you want me to have done to prove my heart and my life has been shattered into a million pieces?!?” Again, I have been blessed as my company would intervene for me when I was too broken to fight for myself. I do not blame the disability company as they too had a a script they were following! I wept when I read this man’s blog because there are days when I continue to feel the same way at work because I am in such a fog! When I was working two days I couldn’t even remember what I wore the other day. There is a light that is gone from my eyes. I am hoping it will come back some day when the pain softens but as I am reminded by many who know, I have a long way to go…
The following was sent to me by a fellow grieving dad to let me know how he was treated at is place of employment after the death of his children. I can’t tell you how much this pisses me off and how I would like to have a few moments with these workplace bullies. This is exactly the reason we need to get the Parental Bereavement Act of 2013 passed in DC. Bereaved parents need time to catch their breath without the additional stress and fear of losing their job. Let me know if you wantto help us on this initiative. www.FarleyKluger.com
Kept it All to Myself
written by Ken W.
What if your child died, and when you returned to work your employer greeted you with indifference or hostility?
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