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Empty Nest Syndrome and Divorced or Single Parents

In Parenting by Elizabeth Stephenson

Empty nest syndrome is a phenomenon in which parents experience feelings of sadness, angst, even mourning when their last child moves out of the home. Often the parents feel confused, bewildered, and unable to figure out what to do next. Some parents experience poor sleep and loss of appetite. Sometimes the feelings of loss are so deep that they can lead to depression and alcoholism. While not everyone goes through empty nest syndrome, the sense of loss can be worse for divorced or single parents because those parents have often devoted all of their time and energy in their children. And, they have no spouse with whom to share the loss. If you feel you may experience empty nest syndrome or are currently experiencing it, you don’t have to suffer …