Saying Bye to Friends Before You Move

November 10, 2017 / Posted in Before the Move
Hannah Michaelson

Hannah is a freelance relocation writer from NYC that has become an expert on packing and unpacking

No matter how happy you might be about your upcoming relocation, be it short or a long-distance one, saying bye to friends can be a heartbreaking experience. Having spent so many important moments together, you’ve got used to each other and you can’t imagine living apart.

Feel heavy at heart when saying farewell, but you won’t leave forever, you’ll meet again.
Don’t let the sadness consume you – think about what lies ahead in life after you say goodbye to each friend.

This becomes even more emotionally challenging if you have to say bye to someone you’ve known your entire life. Nonetheless, the clock is ticking, and you will be leaving soon. You can’t change that, but you can do something so that the separation goes more smoothly.

Keep in mind that your departure is not hard just for you to handle – your loved ones are sad, too. They, too, are wondering What to say to someone who is leaving? How do you say goodbye wishes? What to give to your best friend who is leaving? So, finding the right words to say goodbye will help all of you deal with what comes next – separation. Let’s see what you can do to better cope with moving away from friends.


Try Not to Get Over-Emotional When Saying Bye to Friends and Family

It might seem like an impossible thing to do, but remember that you are the one who controls your emotions, no matter how difficult that might be at times. Getting too emotional will only turn your departure into an even harder situation, both for the people around you and yourself. Yes, you are moving, but that doesn’t mean that you will never see them again. You’re not saying goodbye forever, after all. Think about your next encounter instead of being sad about parting with them for now. Focus on the future and start making plans to get your mind off the sadness you feel now.

It’s not the end, nor forever, you’re just moving away to another place for now.
Stay in a good mood when saying goodbye, for the sake of family and friends, it’s hard times for them too.

Tips on How to Make Goodbyes Easier

Going away doesn’t have to be so stressful if you prepare for it. So, you need to figure out what will help your loved ones handle your leave better. Here are some ideas on what you can do so that parting is somewhat easier to handle.

Know that long-distance relocation changes lives and makes them different, but stay in touch.
When the moment comes to leave, choose the right words to say goodbye

Buy Your Friends Gifts When Moving Away

You might expect to be the one receiving the presents when moving, and that’s alright. But have you considered buying something for your friends? Any gift that you know they’ll like can turn your last encounter into a more comfortable situation. In case you’removing during the holidays, you can add something to your holiday present and give them all together. It doesn’t have to be much, there’s no need to think of it as an additional cost. You don’t even have to buy anything. You can make something that you think will make them laugh now and then whenever they look at it later on.

Spend Quality Time with Your Loved Ones Before You Go

For those of you who don’t want to ask for professionalpacking services, people around you can be of great help. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything more fun together. Make every moment count. Do whatever you enjoy doing together. You might want to go out to dinner more often before you move, play your favorite sport, go to a concert, or simply hang out at home.

Do whatever you enjoy doing together. You might want to go out to dinner more often before you move, play your favorite sport, go to a concert, or simply hang out at home or the favorite place. If possible, spend time with each friend separately, too. Even though farewell may come easier when said in a group, save one on one goodbye for really special folks.

Long distance means far place, but it doesn’t have to be ‘out of sight, out of heart’ after farewell.
Cherish every free moment you have with each friend before you leave.

Leave Farewell Messages to Your Best Friends

A written message is a nice way to say goodbye. You can just write down whatever you feel. And take time to put good wording into it. You know how, when it comes to saying goodbyes, people always forget something, or feel unsure about whether to say something or not, so they never say it. Don’t let anything left unsaid. Tell your friend what your life is going to feel like without them around, thank them for everything they’ve done for you, tell them you’ll miss them. Your lives may be going in different directions but someday you’ll meet again.

Of course, leaving doesn’t mean that the communication is finished. There’s more than enough apps that will allow you to stay in touch.

Things in your lives won’t stay the same, but you’ll come together again.
Message is the best means for you to say what you want to a friend

Helpful Quotes About Saying Goodbye to a Friend

What you say and how you say it is of great importance. So, choose your words wisely. We understand that you simply are not that good with words and you’re afraid you might mess it up. Don’t worry about it – take a look at our quotes about saying goodbye to friends and try to find something useful that can help you express your feelings better.

Goodbye Farewell Quotes

Always remember that true friendship doesn’t end just because you can’t see each other every day. Remind your friend of that, too. You can use some of these:

“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.” – Richard Bach

“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.” – Rumi

Funny Quotes

One of the best things you can do is to make your friend laugh so that you all forget about sadness and your last moments together will be memorable. Make it sound like your departure is a good thing. Try telling them something like this:

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go” -Oscar Wilde (The Duchess of Padua)

Write a Goodbye Letter to Your Best Friend

You can just write down whatever you feel. Tell your friend what your life is going to feel like without them around, thank them for everything they’ve done for you. Don’t let anything left unsaid.

Quotes About Parting

Try to look at your separation from another point of view:

The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” -Charles Dickens (Nicholas Nickleby)

The ones who love us never really leave us, you can always find them in here”, J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). ‘Here’ means heart. If you didn’t know that, go and get a book. You won’t be disappointed.

I’m Going to Miss You Quotes

This is not the right time to be shy. Don’t hesitate to tell your mates that you are gonna miss them and that you’ll always think about them. Remembering everything you’ve gone through together already tells them you’ll miss them without even saying the words.

“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.” – Missy Ulbrich

I Love You Quotes

Even if you’re not the type who says I love you that often, this is the right occasion to do that. Of course, your friends know that but tell them anyway. People love to hear that. Feelings shouldn’t be taken for granted. Here’s a quote that might help you express your emotions.

“Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.” – Kai Knudsen

When the moment comes to grab your bags and leave, remember everything we’ve mentioned here. True friendship will be stronger than any obstacle you may encounter, and your move is just one of them.

Come what may, it isn’t forever.
Life won’t end after you say goodbye to a friend, and these quotes prove it’s true.

Best Ways to Keep the Friendship Alive From Far Away

Thanks to the improvements technology brought into our lives, even the long-distance relocation doesn’t necessarily spell that friendship is over. You may not meet each other as often, but unless you’re moving to the Nemo point, you’ll certainly have internet access. Skype, or WhatsApp, or Viber, makes it good for a virtual meeting in any place and any time. It’s not exactly like a nice pint in the pub but it nonetheless means a stay in touch.

New life may come to be hard, but the chance to beat the long distance and regularly speak with family and friends may make goodbyes a bit less sad. And you won’t have to wait and pray that the post office won’t lose your letters. Friendship should be forever, right?

And for the end, let’s remember Gandalf, who was truly leaving forever at the end of The Return of the King.

“Well, here, at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

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