You might also worry intensely about your children's safety and whether they'll be able to take care of themselves on their own.
You might struggle with the transition if your last child leaves the nest a little earlier or later than you expected.
It is natural to want a partner, but the partner is not a substitute.“One should wait until THEY feel they are ready.
No one else can tell you what you are feeling, so only by being in touch with your own emotions can you know if you’re ready.
If you have only one child or strongly identify with your role as parent, you might have a particularly difficult time adjusting to an empty nest.
In the past, research suggested that parents dealing with empty nest syndrome experienced a profound sense of loss that might make them vulnerable to depression, alcoholism, identity crisis and marital conflicts.
The mother of three regrets the complaints she made about her husband's selfishness prior to his sudden death.
A grandfather feels that by not taking his granddaughter to a different hospital, he caused her death.
You might miss being a part of your children's daily lives — as well as the constant companionship.As you’ll see from the passages below, everyone’s reaction to their circumstance, opinions and experiences are going to be different, so it’s important to keep in mind the specific needs of your match as you progress.How long does a widow/widower typically wait to start dating again? I was lonely for several years before my husband died.Everyone mourns differently, so widows/widowers must be careful not to let other people dictate the speed of their recovery.”“Too many variables to say what is right for anyone the old year thing is probably wise as a minimum. I didn’t quite make the 1 year wait to date thing…and I made a mess, I think I will use 5 years to remarry as a minimum.“This is variable, and having been married to a widower, been widowed and later marrying another widower as well as encountering several men on the widow/widower board, I have noticed that men seem to be ready earlier than women.Also, if the person was terminally ill and that illness took a long time to run it’s course, the widowed person may have done a lot of grieving prior to the actual occurrence of death and might be ready to date earlier than ‘the experts’ predict.