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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  • The empty nest brings up so many different issues, feelings, and experiences for everyone that goes through it ranging from  pure devastation to relief and a sense of accomplishment and joy. I'm curious what your experience is with it? What's your biggest challenge adjusting to living without your kids in the house? 
  • MamaMel

    Mourning mommy

    Hi. Just joined. My youngest daughter (2 girls) just moved away 2 weeks ago. I'm in a black hole. I'm a single mom. Now I'm just a single I guess. This feels so awful! Hole in my heart kind of awful. Both of my girls are amazing people, lovely, mature, going down good paths. Oldest is a senior at a really good college. Youngest is headed towards a life of missions and ministry. But both live more...
  • MiMi4


    I'm new here and have a unique situation in that my daughter is 24 and not with me and my 12 year old son lives with his father.  I get visitation and holidays with my son, but there are many nights I cry myself to sleep thinking of how quickly time went and my regrets and not savoring when they both lived with me.  In earlier years, I had them both and was a single mother.  In a blink they...
  • whymom

    Feel very rejected

    Hi folks.   I hve not been  here in a while even though I can't say things have been great with my son.     He moved out two years ago, didn't contact us much but then I somewhat felt things were better -- we went out to dinner once a week and he came to our church and spent time with us on Sunday afternoons.     He got involved with a young lady 19 months ago but dropped her b/c of...
  • mlr0853

    I just Don't Understand.....

    How my son has not contacted me. I was in hospital tuesday, I'm63/he is 20 and my only child. Our life path has not been easy, we are all we have..each other as my family has all died, and his father doesn't have anthing to do with us. His loss!. Oh well, one day at a time, acceptance of what is and do the best I can with each day. Take care, ML
  • LostNow

    New Here

       I am a single mom of 21 yrs. I have a son who still live with me who is 21 and my daughter 19 just moved out. my situation is rather different. she did not tell me ahead of time I caught her in the middle of moving out. She will not tell me who she lives with only the town. I know it is not her boyfriend of 3 yrs, he still lives down the street from me however he says if she dont want to...
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  • Haven


    For some reason this year getting my kids back to college has really hit me hard. It was the first summer my son did not come home, although he visited, yet stayed with his Dad. I sold the family home 3 years ago and since that time the kids no longer stay with me when home. I try not to make a big deal out of it but it really hurts, Ive shared custody with the dad 50/50 since kids were little...
  • xtina16405

    Single Mom Empty Nest

    My one and only son is away at college. I am in California and he is in Washington. It has been tough. I divorced his dad when my son was 4. It has been just my son and me for the last 14 years. I am working hard at not getting depressed. I miss him. I want to give him his space and I don't want to be a helicopter parent. I miss talking to him or texting him. Most importantly, I miss hugging him....
  • Sadgma

    So sad

    So depressed not sure what to do.  My  grandkids just move across the country, we used to have them every weekend. They are 1 , 2 and 3.  My son is Air Force so he is  always gone and my daugbter starts college next week and decided she needs to have more of a social.life and i cant be her best friend any longer.  Major family drama that destroyed all.of my relationships with my sisters and...
  • katie53224

    My heart is broken

    I am a single mom living in Wisconsin and just got back from driving my youngest son to Arizona to attend ASU as a junior.  He did 2 years of college in Wisconsin playing basketball and I got to go to games all the time, but now he's thousands of miles away.  My heart is broken and I don't know how to make it through the day. He's so far away that I can't just visit any time and everything in...
  • I have two amazing kids, both doing as well, way better actually, than I could hope for. I am single, their Mom is around, but I had sole custody the last 8 years. My son is 21, about to be a senior in college and already has a job lined up. When he left for school, my daughter and I were alone here the last 3 years and we have become fierce buddies. I am dropping her at school, about 7 hours...
  • I treasured my children as they were growing up as I'm sure everyone on here did. My husband was never on the same page. He was annoyed, burdened, and as soon as they were all 18, he stopped supporting them. He retired early from a federal job and has been traveling around the world for the last two years. He didn't invite any of us. I have stayed home with our children and talked them into going...
  • fmwhite1967

    Empty Nest Father

    Dropped my daughter off at college yesterday. Meeting up with her later today to get some last minute things and say out goodbyes. Heading back home 900 miles away tomorrow. Torn between being proud of her and depressed about not having my daughter at home anymore. 
  • 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...