A goodbye letter is used to bid farewell to a person or people by an individual in a formal or informal manner depending on the recipient and circumstances. Goodbye letters can be addressed to boyfriend/girlfriend on breaking up, best friend, colleagues, coworkers, on retirement, on resignation, to a boss, spouse, by an employee and so on. The main point of a goodbye letter is to bid farewell to a person one loves/respects because it is a nice thing to do, and is expected of people.
Depending on the closeness between the sender and the recipient, length of goodbye letters varies, but their general layout is almost similar, with minor variations. The sender should maintain a personal tone in the letter as if he/she were speaking to the recipient face-to-face. It will be wise to remember that such a letter helps in creating a lasting impression of the person and hence, one should not write negative things, or hash out previous disagreements. Look below to gain an idea on how to write a goodbye letter.
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Writing a Goodbye Letter Writing Tips
- Begin by writing the name of the recipient along with the date of writing the letter at the head of the letter.
- Even if the circumstances are unfavorable and you are sad to leave, be polite while mentioning the reason for your departure.
- Whenever possible, express gratitude to others like your friends, colleagues and so on for support, guidance, and encouragement.
- End on a hopeful note for the future like wishing your colleagues and organization the very best, hoping to remain in touch with ex-colleagues, hoping to hear from a best friend and so on.
- Furnish contact details or promise to forward them later.
- Convey regards depending on the formality of the letter and finally sign off.
Writing a Goodbye Letter Template
Use our free Writing a Goodbye Letter to help you get started. If you need additional help or more examples check out some of the sample letters below.
Date: _____ (Date on Which Letter is Written)
Dear __________ (name of recipient/recipients)
I am writing this letter to bid goodbye to you as …. (Cite reason for goodbye.)
I am heart-broken to leave, yet you know this cannot be avoided. Throughout the years that we’ve known each other,, you’ve been my biggest pillar of support and encouraged me whenever I wanted to start any new endeavors. The wisdom you have imparted is why I am half the person I am today. I thank you for, your guidance, support, and encouragement. I will always cherish the time spent together by us . I wish you the very best in the years to come. I will be glad to be in touch. I shall send my contact details once I reach there.
The times we have spent together is a testament to how friendship must be. We had our fair share of fights, but we always got through it, and I hope that you will understand as to why I made this decision to leave. I will always cherish the time spent together by us. I wish you the very best in the years to come. I will be glad to be in touch. Feel free to contact me anytime. I will send my contact details once I reach there.
__________ (convey regards)
__________ (your name)
Nicholas A. Mackenzie
630 Sarah Drive
Lafayette, LA 70501
Date: 20th April 2017
Jennifer E. Warren
1426 Alpha Avenue
Macclenny, FL 32066
I am writing this letter to bid goodbye to you. After two years of applying to various universities in the US for my PG course, I have finally made it to one of the best universi ty .I am overjoyed but equally saddened to leave you and my hometown. I am excited, yet nervous since my departure from London is just three days away.
For twenty years, we have always shared our secrets, joy, and sorrow. I thank you for always standing beside me during trying times. Throughout the years that we’ve known each other, you’ve been my biggest pillar of support and I hope that you support me in this too. It was a tough decision to make but I will return to our hometown and finally settle here and we will pick up right where we left. I will keep you posted on all happenings in my life. I hope we remain best friends for life.
You already have my e-mail address. I will forward my contact numbers as soon as I get them. I wish you all the luck for your future, and I hope that you remain in touch with me too. I’ll miss you. Goodbye.
A goodbye letter is used to bid adieu to ones’ friends/colleagues/significant other when the person writing the letter is making the decision of moving away. Following is a sample goodbye email.
Subject: Goodbye letter
I am writing this letter to bid you adieu. As you know my father is being transferred to New Delhi and hence we are shifting there. On the one hand I am pretty excited to move to a new place and turn over a new leaf but on the other hand, I am extremely sad to leave you and our hometown behind.
Over the past few years, you’ve become my best friend and helped me get through some pretty rough times. I thank you for being there for me and supporting me. All the fun, all the fights, all the happiness and all the sorrow, I will never forget all of the memories that we’ve made together. You were and will always be my best friend.
I know that this news is pretty hard for you to digest but I assure you that we will never lose contact and will always be there for each other. I’ll send you my contact details once I shift. Hope to hear from you soon. I’ll miss you. Farewell.