A young acquaintance of mine is working full time, has two children in primary school and a husband who is terminally ill. Because she works for an organisation that offers only five days compassionate leave annually she has been using her holiday leave to accompany her husband to hospital and for residential treatments. She is trying to save as much leave as possible because she knows there will be a lot of practical arrangements to be made when her husband dies and because she wants to be available to spend some time with the children afterwards. At the same time, she would like to make the most of the time they have left as a family and use a few days during the Easter holidays to be together. It's heartbreaking watching her struggle and knowing that her life would be made so much easier if 'bereavement leave' was available.
This article suggests that bereavement leave should be on a par with statutory maternity/paternity leave. What do you think?
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