I’m Not like Other Empty Nesters

In the empty nest support group I found on Facebook, the parents are sad or they are angry or they are confused. But some are relieved. Some are content. Some are thrilled because they have the time and the means to travel or renovate or explore a new interest. Some, like me, struggle with purpose and identity.

I joined the group because I wanted to see how other parents navigate this transition — the weird…

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Jacqueline Dooley

Jacqueline Dooley

Essayist, content writer, bereaved parent. Bylines: Human Parts, GEN, Marker, OneZero, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Pulse, HuffPost, Longreads, Modern Loss