To grant a farewell is to literally wish good tidings upon someone's departure. To accomplish this, a writer can use flowery statements wishing success and overall well-being on a person who is leaving. Some cultural directives mandate that a farewell wish is not complete if a spiritual blessing is not being bestowed on the traveller. Other inscriptions may simply help a person find the humour in heading off in new directions.
People are often separated by opportunity. When an opportunity for change or advancement arises, people oftentimes leave the lives of others for new horizons. Some of these instances may include a job promotion, a military call of duty, starting a job in a new city or going away from home to college. In these instances, farewells may be bittersweet, but instead of trying to dissuade change, farewell greetings can be encouraging and wish good luck and success in new endeavours. One quote by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld discourages readers from getting sad and lonely by reminding them that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Richard Bach, also quoted by Great Inspirational Quotes, bids farewell while cheerily reminding readers that they will meet their friends again in life.
When close friends, acquaintances and family members are departing, it may be helpful to leave them with parting words that remind them of the comforting presence of a higher being on their travels or acclimation to a new place. According to Great Inspirational Quotes, the Irish have a lyrical farewell saying that invokes the presence of a guardian angel, "a sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you, a sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you." Two other cited Irish farewell blessings end with, "May God hold you in the hollow of His hand" and "...may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you."
Humorous farewells are appropriate when used with acquaintances and people who have not become integral parts of our lives. They are often found in greeting cards for co-workers. Funny farewell inscriptions can divert readers' minds from the anxiety and stress a move may be causing. Humour is added by starting a meaningful message with a joke or stating the unexpected, such as "I know you will miss me." Fondfarewell.com lists some other funny farewell quotes including "it's about time," "go cause random havoc..." and "hope you do some actual work at your new job."