Having an empty nest may seem like a dream come true but for many it is a transition that requires help, which is why Jewish Family Services (JFS) is offering a support group for empty nesters.
After their last child leaves for college, mothers often find themselves with a unique opportunity to reinvent themselves, but it is not always so simple.
It can be challenging to find other ways to occupy their newly free time. And it is sometimes difficult to reconnect with their spouse, let alone develop a new kind of relationship with their child.
And, perhaps what is most problematic, is the lack of sympathy from people who believe that parents should be happy when their children leave home. But this support group is designed to help by letting people know they are not alone and that there is help for them. The support group will take place on six Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 6, from noon to 1:15 p.m. at JFS, One Holly Hill Lane. The sessions will be facilitated by Linda Schlapfer, LMFT. To sign up or for more information, call Lisa Smith at JFS 203-622-1881 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.