Empty Nest Syndrome is characterized by feelings and symptoms of depression, sadness, and/or grief by parents and loved ones when grown children leave the family home, as when going to college or getting married or moving out on their own for the first time. Most often experienced by women and mothers, Empty Nest Syndrome can also affect fathers and men.
After your child leaves home, you may find yourself with more time to do things other than care for your children, and that can lead to a sense of being without purpose or focus. Sometimes a parent feels lonely or abandoned when their children grow up and move on, even if they know growing up and fleeing the coop is an important part of their child's growth.
To learn more about empty nest syndrome, visit these links:Psychology Today: Empty Nest Syndrome
and WebMD: Empty Nest - Launching Adult Children