Creative Ways to Say Goodbye

Written by alexis skye
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Each day you say goodbye to countless people: loved ones, friends, colleagues, waiters, baristas and telemarketers, to name a few. Some goodbyes can be said with little emotion and others can be more difficult. Depending on the situation, there are many ways to bid farewell.

Secret Handshake

If you are looking to have your own special goodbye with a friend or a loved one, create an intricate handshake that the two of you can share. Make it a quick ritual of a few movements that you two can agree on and that no one can emulate. Once it's perfected, begin to use it whenever you two part ways. It will become a tradition that will be hard to break.

Something New

If you're sick of saying "bye," or "see you later," every time you end a phone call or leave a room, kick it up a notch. Start saying goodbye in a different language each time you are bidding farewell to friends and family. For a French goodbye there's the traditional "Au revoir" or "A Bientot," which means "See you later." To bid adieu in Italian, say "Arrivederci." Maybe you just want to fake a British accent and use their common goodbye, "Cheers." People will enjoy hearing what you come up with next.


When someone's moving away or leaving for an extended time, it can be difficult to say goodbye. Throwing a going-away party, where friends and family can gather together, may be a way to turn the goodbye into something more positive. You may find that by planning a fun-filled party, the attention will be taken away from sadness over the person leaving and be focused more on the event and celebrating the future plans the person has made.

Unexpected Tribute

The hardest goodbye is usually one where someone is passing away. Most times you may not get a chance to tell someone goodbye because you don't know it will be the last time you see him. If you know someone is terminally ill or does not have much longer to live, however, consider giving him a living funeral. A living funeral is a way to gather all the important people in the person's life to see him before he dies. The living funeral is also meant to be a tribute. People can share stories, favourite memories or poems and let the person know how much he means to them before the opportunity passes them by.

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