Different Ways to Close a Letter to Say Goodbye

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Different Ways to Close a Letter to Say Goodbye
Compose a goodbye letter in a quiet location, free from distractions. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Writing and closing a goodbye letter can be challenging, but keeping your letter brief and focused minimises opportunities for problems and misunderstandings. Concluding your letter firmly wraps up your thoughts and supports your letter's contents. Craft a conclusion for your goodbye letter using a neutral tone, with no implied opportunities for reuniting or revisiting the relationship.

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Endings Depend on Beginnings

Compose the conclusion to a goodbye letter based on the reason for writing the letter. Are you wishing a friend well as she relocates? Does your letter end a long-standing romantic partnership? Write a short concluding paragraph specific to the nature of your relationship with the reader. Check with your supervisor or human resources department for templates or suggestions when writing a goodbye letter to a business colleague in an official capacity.

Different Ways to Close a Letter to Say Goodbye
Concluding a goodbye letter to a friend requires different language than writing a farewell letter to a business colleague. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Brevity is Best

Focus on saying goodbye. Avoid concluding a goodbye letter with distractions that can raise false hope, or cloud the fact that your letter is saying goodbye. Use a neutral tone, avoid slang or using words specific to your relationship, such as nicknames: "We shared nine years as best friends. I wish you the best as we move ahead in different directions."

Compose a conclusion wishing the recipient well and thanking him for your time together, if appropriate. Conclude a business farewell letter in a similar way, but emphasise the recipient's value to the organisation: "Thank you for your six years of project management and leadership expertise."

Different Ways to Close a Letter to Say Goodbye
Keeping emotions in check can prevent embarrassing consequences and regrets. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Throw Away Your Poison Pen

Quash temptations to engage in angry or emotional writing. Sign off in a neutral and courteous manner. Do not use profanity or unkind, angry words. Concluding a relationship in as positive a way possible is your goal. Write as though your letter will be read by others; the recipient may share the letter. Prevent regrets and complications by writing and concluding your letter in a civil manner.

Different Ways to Close a Letter to Say Goodbye
The conclusion of a goodbye letter influences the recipient's final impression of you. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Wrapping Up Your Goodbye Letter

Write a short conclusion to your goodbye letter. Avoid including emotional memories or regrets. Limit a goodbye letter to one page, and sign your letter with a neutral closing, such as "Sincerely." Using affectionate closings sends mixed messages to friends and former partners, and are not appropriate for ending professional relationships. Review and revise your letter for grammar and clarity. Delay sending a goodbye letter if you have doubts or concerns about your feelings or the letter's contents. Do not send a goodbye letter to a recipient who may be mentally unstable or capable of violence.

Different Ways to Close a Letter to Say Goodbye
Sending a goodbye letter finalises the end of a relationship. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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