Empty Nest Syndrome

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According to the text, empty nest syndrome refers to instances in which parents experience unhappiness, worry, loneliness and depression from their children’s departure from home (Feldman, 521). Women are more likely to suffer from empty nest syndrome because they are usually the primary caregivers of their children. It can be a time of desolation and unhappiness. This topic hits close to home for me. I was a single parent for 15 years, and always joked with my children that I would be happy when they went away to college because it would finally be time for me. How foolish I was! When my daughter went away to college I was excited and happy for her. I still had my son at home, so I was able to focus on him during his senior year of high school. But that all changed when it was his turn to go to college. During the time between when my daughter and son went to college, I remarried. I was sure that this would be a golden time in my life that my new husband and I could share. We had all the time in the world for us. But, it was still difficult for me. I felt at a loss because much of my time had been devoted to their needs. My husband attempted to assist me by finding activities and travel to take my mind off of it. But the feeling of loss still lingered. My husband was neutral about them leaving home and though I knew this was the natural progression of life I felt myself presenting him because he didn’t understand and share my feelings. It had a great effect on our marriage. I found that the transition from being a wife and mother to basically just a wife difficult to make. Instead of join us closer, a chasm develop between us that was difficult to breach. No matter what my husband tried I just cannot shake the sense of loss. My faith is what really helped doing this transition. I prayed for the strength and fortitude to move forward in my life during this

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