Saying Goodbye To a Friend

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Was the decision to leave yours or your friend’s? Just fate? Separating from a friend can be difficult to handle either way. Some even say ending a friendship can be as difficult as ending a romantic relationship. Worse than a breakup.(1)

Understanding friendship breakups can help you move forward and ease your pain.

Friendship breakups can feel so badly because we don’t know what to say writes clinical therapist Miriam Kirmayer, who specializes in young adult and adult friendships.

“Whatever the reason is for the dissolution of a friendship, the common thread is that we often don’t know if we should have a conversation with that friend. And if we do decide to address it, it’s hard to know what to say,” she adds.

Sometimes the cause of friendship breakups is a factor that is beyond you and your friend’s control. It may be due to distance or an opportunity for growth. Or, you and your friend simply have chosen different life paths or styles. You can’t find the words to bridge the gap.

“We don’t want to express our needs and have them rejected,” Kirmayer explains. We tend to keep our feelings bottled up instead of being more precise in what we want and what we are expecting. The consequence is we feel the friendship isn’t working. We allow it to end naturally.

A friendship doesn’t have the same option as a romantic relationship where the possibility exists to stay friends. Ending a friendship has nowhere else to go.

Friendship breakups can be confusing. They can be unexpected, too. That’s why they can hurt so much.

Here are some suggested ways to cope after separating from a friend:
⦁ Acceptance. The reason for the friendship breakup may simply be beyond you and your friend’s control. Sustaining friendship, for instance, can be hard if separated by great distances. Accept you got to walk your journey on your own and then meet new friends along the way.
⦁ Evolve. Though you may have been used to dealing with your daily struggles with your pal by your side, realize this could be the time for you to grow and become the person you want to be.
⦁ Saying farewell to a friend and wishing them well is all right and it can help ease up the pain. You can say it’s not a total goodbye. And that you are hoping to see your friend again. (2) Despite the uncertainty of that, a grain of hope can do wonders.

Farewell Quotes for Friends

Life is complicated, and circumstances sometimes can be cruel. Distance shouldn’t ruin true friendship. Send one of these quotes:

  • The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. Maybe they always have been and will be. Maybe we’ve lived a thousand lives before this one and in each of them we’ve found each other. And maybe each time, we’ve been forced apart for the same reasons. That means that this goodbye is both a goodbye for the past ten thousand years and a prelude to what will come.
  • Don’t be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before we can meet again and meeting again, after moments or a lifetime, is certain for those who are friends.
  • Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetime, is certain for those who are friends.
  • Friends are like stars even when you can’t see them you know they’re always there.
  • A memory lasts forever, never will it die… true friends stay together and never say goodbye…
  • We only part to meet again.
  • Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.
  • You have been a friend through thick and thin, in joys and sorrows you have been by my side. I shall be so lonely once you leave…farewell dearest friend.
  • Saying goodbye doesn’t mean anything. It’s the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it.
  • I believe that the best friends would not say goodbye to each other. Therefore, accept this farewell message as a mere formality. Farewell my friend!
  • Even though you are going away you will still be a core part of my everyday life. First I used to hang out with you all the time, and now I will miss you all the time. Goodbye.
  • How lucky I am to have known someone who was so hard to say goodbye to.

And Our Expert Says…

Karen Salmansohn

Bestselling author
Friends Forever

How to keep a friendship thriving – even when a friend is moving far away

  1. Recall some of your favorite fun times you shared with your friend. Let them know that even though they’re leaving your city, these memories will be permanently parked in your heart.
  2. Brainstorm up some fun ways you can stay connected. For example, you might plan to do regular “morning Zoom coffees” instead of your usual coffee shop meet ups. Or maybe you can watch your favorite Netflix show together – while on the phone.

Goodbye Friendship Quotes

Do you remember the song from “The Road to El Dorado?” Elton John sings friends never say goodbye. Remain in touch and preserve your friendship.

  • Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
  • This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you. Thank you for coming into my life and giving me joy, thank you for loving me and receiving my love in return. Thank you for the memories I will cherish forever.
  • You may be gone from my sight, but you are never gone from my heart.
  • Please don’t forget me and all the things we did.
  • Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.
  • So for now I say goodbye to this chapter of my life and I look forward to what comes next.
  • I feel sick, I feel low, I feel depressed and I feel sad – when I think about how I will miss you real bad. I feel miserable, I feel unwell, I feel down and I feel lonely – when I think about how life will be without my bestie. Goodbye.
  • I am looking forward to not keeping in touch with you! So long!
  • The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye…until we meet again.
  • You are going to get many good things in life; but in that treasure, keep a place for friends like us. Cheers to your new life.
  • Goodbye, my friend, goodbye. My dear, you are in my heart. Predestined separation promises a future meeting.
  • It is amazing to see how strangers became best friends within a short period of time. I hope the two friends would not become strangers in the future.

Quotes about Friends Leaving

Warm and sincere quotes about departing friends can make your separation less painful. Personalize one of these sayings:

  • I don’t like goodbyes so let’s just say see you soon…
  • If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever. – Winnie the Pooh
  • True friends don’t say goodbye, they just take extended leaves of absences from each other.”
  • It is easy to become friends, difficult to remain friends and hardest to say goodbye to a friend. Sorry, but I cannot do the hardest part.
  • We started with a simple hello but ended with a complicated goodbye.
  • With the wind in our hair and the sun in our eyes, we cherished our friendship as life’s greatest prize. Now that you are going away my life will cease, I will blissfully drown in all the beautiful memories. Goodbye.
  • Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would I’d never leave. – A.A. Milne
  • As I saw the morning star come up over the mountains, I realized that life is simply a collection of memories. But memories are like starlight – they live on forever.
  • There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart. – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Thank God for all the means by which we can stay in touch. I say goodbye only with the belief that we will never really be far.
  • Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.
  • I would have never said hello to you many years ago, if I knew that saying goodbye would be so traumatic. Bye buddy, I will miss you.

Short Leaving Verses Friends

These short leaving texts can feel heartfelt. We never should leave our old friends behind.

  • You and I will meet again, When we’re least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face, I won’t say goodbye my friend, For you and will meet again. – Tom Petty
  • True friends are never apart, maybe in distance but never in heart.
  • Goodbyes are not forever, are not the end; it simply means I’ll miss you until we meet again.
  • Don’t worry, my friend, we are moving apart, but our friendship is deep rooted in my heart I have to take one path while you pursue another but we will meet soon let’s promise each other. Farewell.
  • Goodbye, don’t cry! We won’t!
  • My heart is aching and I need to say good bye
    But I’ll be there for you forever and ever
    Whenever you need me, just give me a sign
    Cuz true friends don’t know the word “never”.
  • You and I will meet again,
    When we’re least expecting it,
    One day in some far off place,
    I will recognize your face,
    I won’t say goodbye my friend,
    For you and I will meet again.
  • Don’t worry, my friend we are moving apart,
    But our friendship is deep rooted in my heart
    I have to take one path,
    While you pursue another
    But we will meet soon,
    Let’s promise each other.
    Farewell!
  • Some people come into our lives
    and leave footprints on our hearts
    and we are never ever the same.
  • We’ll meet again.
    Don’t know where.
    Don’t know when.
    But I know we’ll meet again
    some sunny day.
  • I’m not telling you “goodbye”
    “See you soon” is better.
    True friends are hard to find
    And you are mine forever.

Goodbye Letter to a Friend

A letter can be the best way to express what you feel deep in your soul. Writing a letter allows you not to miss anything when you tell your friend goodbye.

  • Our friendship is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Talking to you made me smile and meeting you set me free. I can’t believe that fate is taking you away and ripping us apart. I just want to say that I will miss you from the bottom of my heart. Goodbye.
  • Promise me. You won’t forget our laughs. Our jokes. Our smiles. Our conversations. Our plans. Our tears. Our memories. Our experiences. Our friendship.
  • Life and destiny can steal my best friend away from me but nothing can take away the precious memories. Goodbye my friend.
  • Who will tolerate my annoying antics, who will calm me down when I am angry. Who will listen to my daily rants, who will make sure I am always happy. Who will I harass with my banter, who will I hang out with every day. I am sad and totally devastated, as my bestie goes away. Goodbye.
  • All the beautiful memories that we have made together as friends will be cherished and fondly remembered. I guess we have a lot to keep ourselves busy with until we meet again. Goodbye my friend.
  • True friends don’t say good-bye, they just take extended leaves of absences from each other.
  • We have known each other our whole lives and now we will go our separate ways. Some will remember and some will forget each other, but we will always have a part of each other inside us.
  • The times we spent together are filled with happy moments.
    Should I ever feel down, I can just tap them from my heart.
    I can’t wait for the time we will meet again. Farewell.
  • I am sending this goodbye message to you to test our friendship. Let us promise that we would keep in touch and maintain our beautiful relationship for the rest of life. Goodbye my dear!
  • Everything in my life was perfect, until it all suddenly came crashing down. I may smile while saying goodbye but your absence will put on my face, a permanent frown. Goodbye.
  • It doesn’t matter if you have five friends or five hundred friends. When it all comes down to it, popularity means nothing. All that matters is that you know those five will be there holding your hand, as the five Hundred walk by. I will miss you, my friend! Goodbye!
  • It is easy to become friends, difficult to remain friends and hardest to say goodbye to a friend. Sorry, but I cannot do the hardest part.

Best Friend Moving Away Quotes

Separation does not mean “the end.” You always have a chance to meet your bestie again. Here are some words to ease that separation:

  • Memories last forever, never do they die. Friends stay together, never say goodbye. – Melina Campos
  • When a friend leaves you, you move on. When a best friend leaves you, part of you is gone.
  • When best friends say goodbye to each other, what they are really saying is ‘Hold that thought, I will be back soon’ So I will hold my thought until you return to hear the rest.
  • True love is when you have to watch a friend leave, with the knowledge that you might never see him again. But you know he’ll be in your mind and heart forever.
  • Since true friends never really say goodbye to each other, please treat this goodbye message as a mere formality and delete is as soon as you have read it.
  • Our lives would be boring without your presence. Therefore, your departure would make all of us feel sad. Good bye, dear friend.
  • There are no goodbyes, wherever you’ll be, you’ll be in my heart.
  • They say that every good thing must come to an end. Today, as our association ends today, I promise to be there for you whenever you need me. Farewell and have a good life.
  • I thank you for your part in my journey. Goodbye!
  • Every goodbye brings a new hello.
  • Every meeting led to a parting, and so it would, as long as life was mortal. In every meeting, there was some of the sorrow of parting, but in everything partying there was some of the joy of meeting as well.
  • While seeing you off I may have a smile on my face, but after you leave I will be in a lonely place. My facade might be cheerful and happy, but deep down inside I will be suffering in agony. Goodbye.

Parting Words for Friends

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right parting words that will express your feelings. Forget the distance barrier and use some of these paragraphs:

  • If you cry when we part we’ll never see each other again, but if we do not cry we’ll remember forever the days of sunlight and laughter, and be brought together in our memories.
  • Look for the rainbow in every storm, fly like an angel, good-bye my friend. I know you’re gone, you said you’re gone, but I can still feel you here.
  • Our memories of yesterday will last a lifetime. We’ll take the best, forget the rest, and someday, will find that these are the best of times.
  • Every song ends, but is that any reason to not enjoy the music?
  • Why does it take a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye?
  • Goodbye is not forever. If it is, then it should be bad bye instead of good.
  • Good friends are truly hard to find difficult to leave and impossible to forget.
  • Life is short, make the most of it. Give your best input in all you do and you shall win every game. Farewell…lots of love and good wishes.
  • The absence of a friend is going to make me feel lonely and frustrated. There is nothing good about goodbye… it makes me feel lonely and suffocated.
  • If I met you a couple of years back, I would never say hello to you. I will miss you buddy and goodbye to you.
  • The tasks that we do make us memorable. You have also given us such sweet memories that will bring a smile to our face always. Farewell and keep in touch.

Saying Goodbye to Your Best Friend

Using some of these quotes will show your best friend that even though the pain is severe, his or her friendship has been a gift.

  • There will always be people you love and miss, and you will always be that person for someone else. You’ll want to hold on forever and never let go. But the thing is, you can’t say hello again if you haven’t said goodbye.
  • Saying goodbye is tough… but still not as painful as desperately hoping that destiny will bring us back together again. Farewell.
  • I thank you for your part in my journey.
  • When I say that bidding you farewell is easy, take it as a compliment. Because it shows how blindly I trust you when you say that you will come back soon. Bye, my friend.
  • Can miles truly separate you from friends…. If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there? – Richard Bach
  • How can I say goodbye to a friend who I can’t live without? I will suffer in silence but my heart will scream and shout.
  • You’ll be in my heart.
  • Goodbye is the hardest thing to say to someone who means the world to you, especially when goodbye isn’t what you want.
  • Fights, girlfriends, boyfriends, arguments, lies – Nothing has ever come between our strong friendship. So a few hundred miles is not going to make any difference either. We are friends forever. Goodbye.
  • We’ve shared our happiness and we’ve shared our fears. We’ve shared so many things throughout the years. And when the times were hard we were by each other’s side. You were there to make me laugh when I cried.
  • Yesterday brought the beginning, tomorrow brings the end, though somewhere in the middle we became the best of friends.
  • The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.

Farewell Message to a Friend

Find the strength to be happy for her or him with one of these messages:

  • Don’t be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before we can meet again and meeting again, after moments or a lifetime, is certain for those who are friends.
  • Just like how you don’t forget the tune when a song fades out and stops playing, I will never forget the priceless memories of our friendship even though you are going away. Goodbye.
  • When best friends say goodbye to each other, what they are really saying is ‘Hold that thought, I will be back soon’ So I will hold my thought until you return to hear the rest. Bon voyage.
  • Our friendship has taken me on a magical journey which will never come to an end. Even though you are going away, we will never stop being friends. Goodbye.
  • A goodbye says “God be with you”. As I say goodbye to you, I sincerely pray that God may himself be along your side and hold your hand everywhere you go.
  • True friends don’t say good-bye, they just take extended leaves of absences from each other.
  • You better start sending me sweet good morning messages every morning. Otherwise, I would miss you and it would drive me mad. Farewell.
  • This goodbye is just a test of our friendship. Let’s promise each other that distance and time won’t come in the way of our beautiful relationship. Goodbye.
  • Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.
  • Oh, I can’t wait to see you again.
  • Even if we can’t be together in the end, I’m glad that you were a part of my life.
  • Just like how you don’t forget the tune when a song fades out and stops playing, I will never forget the priceless memories of our friendship even though you are going away. Goodbye.

Quotes about Friends Moving Away

Parting doesn’t have to be the end. Say it like this:

  • Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.
  • Can miles truly separate you from friends. If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?
  • No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.
  • Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.
  • What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.
  • Goodbyes breed a sort of distaste for whomever you say goodbye to; this hurts, you feel, this must not happen again.
  • A goodbye is not painful unless you are never ever going to say hello again.
  • Goodbyes are nothing compared to the togetherness that fills the soul.
  • The tender friendships one gives up, on parting, leave their bite on the heart, but also a curious feeling of a treasure somewhere buried. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • I feel that I’ve lost my sense of humor today. It’s the time for us to say goodbye to someone who made every single day seem like a treat. Farewell my friend.
  • The two hardest things to say in life are hello for the first time and goodbye for the last.
  • Distance means so little when friendship means so much.

We Will Miss You Quotes

Don’t keep silent. Tell your friend how you will feel when she or he leaves. Here are some ways to say it:

  • Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.
  • Distance never separates two hearts that really care, for our memories span the miles and in seconds we are there. But whenever I start feeling sad cuz I miss you I remind myself how lucky I am to have someone so special to miss.
  • I miss everything about you. Can’t believe that I still want you. And after all the things we’ve been through.
  • Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.
  • Now that you are going, we will have a neat and clean premises were we can walk without having to step on books and toothbrushes. But you shall be missed.
  • When the sun says goodbye to earth, it leaves a beautiful sunset as a gift. When friends say goodbye to each other, they leave mementos of everlasting and priceless memories. Goodbye my friend, I will miss you.
  • I remember all the moments we shared together my friend and I hope such days would come back again. I will miss you pal!
  • A friend is someone who reaches out for your hand and touches your heart. І will miss you so much!
  • May God help you in all your endeavours, and always bring success to your doorstep. I will miss you!
  • There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart. I already miss you.
  • My heart is breaking into pieces as I see you leave. I hope you are happy that you have made me cry. You have no idea how much I am going to miss you. My life will sink into loneliness with this goodbye.
  • We started here together and now we’re leaving the same way. The funny thing is you never appreciate what you had yesterday until it is gone today.

Bye Bye Cards and Images for Friends

Take a look at these cool bye-bye cards. Feel free to share these images on Twitter or Facebook:

 

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REFERENCES:

1. Breit, C. (2018, September 24). Why Ending a Friendship Can Be Worse Than a Breakup. Time; Time. https://time.com/5402304/friendship-breakups-worse-romantic/
2. Smykowski, J. (2017, July 30). Working Through Tough Emotions: Saying Goodbye To A Friend | BetterHelp. Betterhelp.Com. https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/general/working-through-tough-emotions-saying-goodbye-to-a-friend/