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© Anuska Sampedro/  Fighting for Our Cause

                               by Barry Kluger and Kelly Farley

                                                                                                              Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, published in
                                                                                                              1602, is cited as the origin of the saying: “Third time’s a

                                                                                                              What about fourth and so on? Well, like the Powerball,
                                                                                                              we keep hoping that the next one will be the winner.

                                                                                                              We are hoping that in the world of politics, of which
                                                                                                              we’re outsiders, the fifth is a charm. Jan. 18, 2016 marked
                                                                                                              the beginning of the 5th year to get Congress to amend
                                                                                                              the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to add loss of a

                                                                                                              Back in 2011, we began what was then known as The
                                                                                                              Farley-Kluger Initiative to recognize grief created by the
                                                                                                              loss of a child and its impact on the American families
                                                                                                              that know all too well the pain caused by the aftermath
                                                                                                              of having to bury a child. Over 110,000 petitions to
                                                                                                              Congress later, the hundreds of thousands of parents
                                                                                                              who lost children are hoping THIS is the charm.

                                                                                                              They say “you can close the door on grief, but it will peak
                                                                                                              in through the window.” As many of you know, grief is
                                                                                                              always lurking around the corner. And when it shows up,
                                                                                                              it’s usually fast and furious. The loss of a child is hard,
                                                                                                              it is the most devastating life event that can happen to a

                                                                                                              We know this because, like all of you, we too have lost
                                                                                                              children. In the years since, while we can never make
                                                                                                              sense of this tragedy, we seek solutions to help others

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