In the US, there is no law granting workers the right to paid time off to attend a loved one’s funeral or process the trauma of losing a family member.
Bereavement leave is up to the discretion of employers.
Most American workers receive only three days to grieve the loss of a close family member; some receive none.
But grief takes more than a handful of days to contend with.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic has taken the lives of 100,000 Americans.
If you’re struggling with depression or grief, call the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
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