If you have lost a child, Mother’s Day can never be the same. In this hard-hitting, Lucy Heard, who lost her sonJack just before his second birthday, explains why she is campaigning for bereavement leave for bereaved parents to be extended:
Lucy says, “Did you know that if your child dies your employer doesn’t have to give you time off from work? 3 days seems to be the normal time given. My toddler son died suddenly, and I was to find this out for myself. Please sign this petition to ask the government to change bereavement leave legislation to protect other parents.
“While many good employers offer compassionate leave, there is no statutory right to leave and this campaign aims to introduce four weeks of paid bereavement leave for parents. In the immediate aftermath of the death parents have to cope with their own loss, the grief of their wider family, including other children, as well as a vast amount of administrative and other arrangements such as inquests and post mortems.
“A year off for the birth of a child and three days off for a child’s death is an inhumane anomaly and I ask for your help to get this changed. David Cameron was able to take two weeks off after the death of his own son, but not all parents are this fortunate. I am supported in my campaign by many organisations including Child Bereavement UK, Cruse, the Lullaby Trust (formerly SIDs), Gonetoosoon.com, various MPs, and other Trade Unions such as the TUC.”
You can visit www.Jacksrainbow.com for more information.
Please sign Lucy’s petition at https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-legislate-bereavement-leave-for-the-death-of-a-child