Many men in their 50s are now living in relationships as empty nesters.
Western society tries to distance itself from the devastating feelings of accumulated grief and loss. We often treat it as something that happens to other people and should never be discussed. But loss is all around us every day.
Grief has been described as the physical, psychological and social reaction to the loss of something or someone important to us. Grief may manifest itself through physiological changes; loss of appetite, insomnia, sorrow, distress or guilt.
With an increasing number of single and couple households in Sydney there is also an increase in the number of pets. Research has shown that the level of attachment between owner and pet can be equal to the emotional bond to a person’s parent, best friend, sibling or significant other.
Unlike women, men experience a gradual decline in the male hormone testosterone from about the age of thirty.