Work From Home Request Due To Parent’s Illness [Email Template]

work from home request email due to parent's illness

Here are two email templates to request work from home due to a parent’s illness. One is for a temporary sickness and the other is for a permanent situation. 

Copy and paste the email subject and body you see below. Then, read through it and customize it to fit your conversation with your manager.

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Temporary WFH request for email for parent’s illness

Subject: Working from home today (family emergency)

Hi [Boss’s first name],

I hope this message finds you well. I am requesting to work from home today. 

My elderly [mother or father], who lives with us, is sick today and will need my help here or there throughout the day.

I’ll be online and fully accessible as normal. I appreciate your understanding and flexibility in this matter.

Thank you for your consideration.


[Your name]

Work-from-home request due to mother/father’s illness

Subject: Request for Permanent Remote Work

Hi [Boss’s first name],

I hope this message finds you well. I’m reaching out to discuss a matter that’s personal and professional. 

Due to ongoing health issues with my mother (who lives with us), the doctor has recommended more permanent care/help throughout the day with medications, mobility, etc.

Given these circumstances, and after careful consideration, I believe transitioning to a permanent remote work arrangement would be the most prudent course of action. This decision wasn’t made lightly but from a place of necessity, ensuring that I can help my family while continuing to contribute meaningfully to our team.

I understand this is a significant request and would like to discuss the plan and measurement for my remote role.

Could we set up a time to discuss this further? Here are some times I am free this week:

  • [Day]: [Time slot]
  • [Day]: [Time slot]
  • [Day]: [Time slot]

Thank you very much for considering my request and for your understanding.

– [Your name]


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Email Requests To Work From Home

This email template is part of our series on ways to request work from home. If you’d like to see some other options (and edit them in Google Docs or Microsoft Word), you can download all 18 templates for free.

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