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Empty Nest” or Grownup “Awkward Teenage” Grief

Jennifer August 13, 2023

In the wake of launching your children into adulthood, a different kind of ‘Empty Nest’ Grief takes center stage. The once bustling household is now quieter, and a new dynamic settles in. As you come to terms with this shift, you might find yourself facing a range of emotions, including a sense of loss, a touch of nostalgia, and perhaps even a hint of liberation. This phase, akin to a mid-life reawakening, can also intertwine with challenges like divorce or reevaluating long-held relationships.

With grown children branching out on their own, this stage sometimes brings to light issues that were pushed aside during the whirlwind of parenting. It’s an era of questions — who you’ve become, how your relationships have evolved, and where to go from here. Often, the journey through ‘Empty Nest’ Grief requires you to reflect, redefine, and rediscover your passions and purpose beyond the roles you’ve held. This chapter of life invites you to embrace change with courage and curiosity, even amid its unique blend of emotions.

Where do you fit in these scenarios below?

Certainly, here are the struggles you’ve highlighted during the “Empty Nest” or “Awkward Teenage” stage:

  1. Marital Shifts: The dynamic of your marriage might change as you and your spouse navigate a quieter home and rediscover each other as individuals.
  2. Identity Crisis: With your primary parenting role evolving, you might grapple with your sense of identity, purpose, and value.
  3. Nostalgia and Loss: Memories of your children’s earlier years can bring a sense of nostalgia and loss as you adjust to their new independent lives.
  4. Relationships with Children: Finding new ways to relate to your grown children can be challenging, as boundaries shift and interactions change.
  5. Reevaluating Priorities: With fewer family responsibilities, you may be prompted to reassess your goals, ambitions, and personal interests.
  6. Rediscovering Passions: This phase encourages you to revisit hobbies and interests that might have been put on hold during your busy parenting years.
  7. Loneliness and Isolation: The emptier household can lead to feelings of loneliness, especially if your social life was closely tied to your children’s activities.
  8. Fear of Aging: Confronting your own mortality and entering a new life stage can trigger fears and anxieties about aging.
  9. Role Changes: Transitioning from a hands-on parent to a more supportive role requires adjusting to a new way of contributing to your children’s lives.
  10. Facing the Unknown: The future might seem uncertain as you navigate uncharted territory without a clear roadmap for this stage of life.

It’s important to note that if you have not lost a loved one or someone has not died, you may not realize that you are experiencing grief.

Interesting that we are not more educated on this.