Empty Nests Support Group

Empty nest syndrome is a general feeling of depression and loneliness that parents/other guardian relatives feel when one or more of their children leave home. Empty nest syndrome has become more prevalent in modern times, as the extended family is becoming less common than in past generations, and the elderly are left living by themselves.

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  • CopingNow

    What's working for any of you

    I have been on this particular group for a year or more.  I have found that sometimes when I come to this group I read other posts and even post I start to feel better.  Then I don't come on for awhile.  So I feel like I am not really great at supporting others.I feel like I need to figure things out.  I have been back in my rut where things are just fine Monday-Friday when I am working but...
  • Shaynesmom

    Looking for support

    My 23 year old son just left home today with friends who flew up from FL to help him move there from here, VT.  He has lived with us full-time since high school and I can't stop crying.  I feel so isolated despite having a wonderful husband (his step-dad) and great friends.  My stomach is  in knots and my mind is racing.  How do you cope with this?  We are very close and have had a great...
  • highwood

    Son leaving wednesday...

    we are in canada and he accepted a copilot positionway up north.   IN front of him I am supportive but inside I am anxious, scared, worried,etc.  He got the word on Friday and it is happening fast.  I have had sleep issues, lack of appetite, etc since then.  My stomach is in a knot.   How can I change my negative thinking to positive?
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  • CBW

    Empty nesters in Atlanta, GA?

    Hello all!I've been unsuccessful in finding a local support group. If anyone in the Atlanta area is also looking for a local support system or just a new empty-nest friend to hang out with, please let me know... we can start our own group or at least find some activities to explore. Meanwhile, I'm very happy to have found this online support group.I've been a stay at home mom for 20 years. I've...
  • SlowlySurely.XYZ

    A little different.

    Hello ENers!Hope you're very well today.I am a newbie, both as an empty nester and to this site.I have a slightly different question:Are there any SMENers (single mom empty neaters) who are enjoying some or all aspects of this phase of life; are working to rediscover or remember you post full-time parenting?Would love to connect with you!!!!I am having a bit of a difficult time, in that I felt a...
  • Bagelsandcreamcheese

    Daughter of an empty nester

    Greetings to all of you. Congratulations to all of you who have raised children into adulthood. It is not an easy journey,  and I admire every one of you.I am posting to ask for advice about my single, empty nester mother. I have been out her house for almost 10 years and she is still lonely and despondent. I have 3 children that require so much of my attention that I barely care for myself. My...
  • cdw10

    Last one gone....

    Hello ... I'm reaching out to anyone that can help as I am desperately sad :-( ... my youngest (18) has just left and she was just awful. Angry, hurtful and nasty :-) Its my own fault for giving her far too much and sacrificing far too much. However I cant turn the clock back ... its too late :-( I dont have friends and family (immigrated) , dont have a job as have been studying (finish my degree...
  • Deb822

    Empty nest

    Hi all,  I am so sad. My last daughter moved out a couple of months ago. I have been a total invested mom all of their lives. Now they don't need me. We don't talk everyday and i am so lonely and lost. I don't know what to do. I don't have many friends because i have always been doing things with my daughters. I have 3 daughters. My son passed away when he was 6 years old to cancer. He was my...
  • prince3121

    At a loss

    I have been a single mum for 29 years (apart from bad marriage in the middle) and had a wonderful close relationship with my daughter and we are best friends who always have done everything together. She is still living with me and only just starting to date but I am finding it hard to adjust. Suddenly I am feeling so alone and lost & I guess mentally trying to prepare for empty nest syndrome....
  • Mimi23

    Next month I will be an empty nester-high anxiety!

    I'm really glad to find this site. I'm a single mom. My oldest is getting married in a week, already lives in another state. Then my youngest will be leaving in a month to live out where his brother lives, in another state. I'm so sad knowing he's leaving. Granted I would never stop him from living his dream, but I feel like I'm losing a huge part of me. It doesn't help that a year ago I was in a...
  • Godwillsmileagain

    Seeking Succorance

    I has been over 2 years now since my only child moved out and eventually got married. She lived with me for almost 28 years and we had a very close mother and daughter relationship. Her biological Dad passed away when she was 7 y/o and God created in our hearts to be each other's strength. Although I married my 2nd husband after 10 yrs. yet my daughter and I remained ever so close through...
  • RaquelS

    Empty nest for 3 1/2 years now

    Hi I have 4 adult children. Two of them are identical twin daughters, who have come home to me a few times after they first left. Anyway, my twins are the youngest but are now 28. They are still very immature for their ages. They mistreat me verbally and usually never come around unless they need money or a babysitter (although, I love having my grandchildren)My point is, I am tired of the way...
  • cami1960

    Having a rough time

    Became an empty-nester in August. Sent my last daughter of 3 to college. I am extremely depressed and sad. I feel I have no purpose in life anylonger. I have been a single Mom for 17 years. Really need some help getting through this.
  • SeekingGodthroughitall

    Needing to Feel Needed

    Sufferers of empty nest syndrome, according to Susan Whitbourne's blog on Huffpost, "feel that they've outlived their usefulness and sense of purpose."  That certainly describes my feelings, and perhaps many others here.  I am new to this group and would like a friend to release my hurt to, and will listen to any of you who respond, with compassion, understanding, and non-judgemental...