How to Write a Goodbye Note

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How to Write a Goodbye Note
Composing a letter rather than simply saying or waving goodbye is good for closure and ensures you will be remembered more fondly after you leave. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Whether leaving friends, family, coworkers or someone else, leaving a well-written, heartfelt goodbye letter can make all the difference in terms of how you're thought of and how your relationships continue after you leave. Though a simple conversation and spoken goodbye more than suffice in today's world, the fact you had enough foresight and cared enough to compose a formal letter leaves a lasting positive impression.

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    Choose the appropriate salutation according to your relationship with the person or group of people you're sending the letter to. For closer, more casual friends, it is a good idea to begin the letter like you would if you were to see them on the street, whereas for more formal relationships like coworkers and neighbours, a simple, "Dear (name)" will do.

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    State the purpose for your letter, in this case, to say goodbye to the recipient of the letter before you leave. Clarify why you're leaving if they don't know or might be unsure, along with where you're going and perhaps how sad you are to leave or how difficult it was to decide to move on.

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    Write about your relationship with the person or group of people you're writing to. This will not only remind them of positive memories, but will solidify the special connection you have by validating your history together. This part could be of your first few meetings, a special or memorable event you had with them, or even a mention of something you did regularly together.

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    Wrap up your letter by writing any final thoughts or impressions you have, along with an invitation to maintain contact (if you want to keep in touch) after you leave. Leave contact information like a phone number, e-mail and/or address here.

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    End the letter by skipping two lines, writing a closer like "Sincerely," "Love," or "Until I see you again" (depending, again, on the nature of your relationship) and writing your name underneath. If you typed your letter, leave space between the closer and your printed name (about two lines) and signing your name on the printed copy between the closer and the printed name.

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