I read somewhere that airports are story-making factories: People waiting to watch their loved ones walk further and further away from them until they can no longer be seen. Today is my turn…you with a backpack filled with dreams on your way to another continent and me with my memories bidding you farewell, not knowing when I will see you again. I wanted to paste a red and white “Fragile: Handle with care” sticker like a band aid plaster over my heart to ease the pain… – Sulette Ferreira.
This is the experience of many South African parents left behind after the emigration of an adult child. Migration across continents and regions has been part of human existence for centuries but never have so many people had to wrestle with the loss of a loved one due to dreams and or career opportunities in another country or on another continent as right now.
If home is where the heart is, what happens when your family resides in two different
Emigration has a ripple effect on all family members involved, not just family members, but all loved ones involved. Everyone is affected in a unique way. The relationship as it was known has changed. The ones staying behind deal with different challenges than those emigrating. Each experiencing a loss that needs to be grieved.