Tucson Citizen: For Grieving Parents, Bill Offers Leave

When Heather Van Ostrand’s son Rylan died three years ago of sudden infant death syndrome, the young mother could barely get out of bed.

Fortunately for the 25-year-old Florence, Mont., woman, her employer at the time was generous and told her to take as much time as she needed. She took about a month off from the health-insurance company before returning to work.

“I really, really needed to grieve, and I am so thankful for the time off I got to do that,” she said. “I’ve spoken to other parents who had to go back to work after a day or two. I would have lost my job. There’s no way I could have gone back that quickly.”

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