Bereavement Leave

Bereavement Leave is an administrative leave/absence that provides fully benefits-eligible employees who are in a paid status, 3 paid working days off for a death in the family. An employee may be granted 2 additional paid working days to attend or arrange funeral services out-of-state.

Family is defined as:

  • A parent
  • Parent-in-law
  • Brother or sister
  • Spouse
  • Child
  • Grandparents
  • Grandchildren
  • Brother or sister-in-law
  • Son-in-law or daughter-in-law
  • Any other person who is a member of the employee's established household

A parent is defined as a natural parent, step-parent, adoptive parent, or surrogate parent. A child is defined as a natural child, adopted child, foster child, or stepchild.

For family members not listed above, employees may use 3 days of sick leave plus 2 additional days to attend or arrange a funeral out of state.

Supervisors may approve additional sick leave for employees who cannot work due to grief over the passing of a family member. This administrative leave/absence has no impact on the employee's benefits.


  • The employee submits a request in writing to the supervisor as soon as possible.

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