6 Examples Of Moving Farewell Letters, It’s Time To Open Your Heart

Last updated by Rosie Harlow

"Love stories usually end badly." As you know as well as Les Rita Mitsoukos, love isn’t a direct path to eternity. Sometimes it disappears from our hearts, leaving a great emptiness, if not fierce hatred. That’s when it’s time to say goodbye, and a letter can sometimes be the most effective way of saying exactly how you feel and explaining why you’re leaving. Here are 6 examples of farewell letters, to say goodbye, ciao, or bye-bye to a loved one, but also to a friend or, more sadly, to a loved one who has died.

6 Examples Of Moving Farewell Letters, It’s Time To Open Your Heart

How to write a beautiful farewell letter? ❤️‍🩹

Firstly, I think it’s worth pointing out that a farewell letter isn’t an act of breaking up. It can be an introduction to a face-to-face break-up or a concrete conclusion to a break-up. A way of bringing a story to a close. To write a farewell letter, you first need to ask yourself what the purpose of the letter is. Do you want to make your break-up concrete? Say in more detail what’s on your mind? Say a fond farewell to a lost or impossible love? There are many reasons for this, all of which are up to you, but identifying them can help you find the right words.

You should know that these letters can be adapted to suit different situations. You can also write a farewell letter to your family or friends to say goodbye or simply because you’ve decided to move away, to a different city or country. I also suggest a farewell letter, useful if you have to deal with the death of a loved one. Writing a farewell letter to someone who has just died is a way of mourning.

6 examples of letters: what words to say goodbye?

1. A farewell letter for a lost love

A farewell letter for a lost love

"The time has come for me to write these words, which will be my last. In the end, saying goodbye, farewell is always a difficult moment, but it’s time for me to move on. You know that I loved you, that our story will forever be a part of my life, and that it made me grow and made me happy, but now I have to turn the page. My feelings are over. No one is totally responsible, no one is totally innocent, that’s just the way life is. It’s just life going by, and I’m going with it. I’m evolving, I’m changing, and believe me when I say I’m sorry I have to do it without you, but that’s the way it is. My love has faded, and now I’m turning a new corner on my own. I know you’ll be able to reinvent yourself, too. The happiness you once brought me, you’ll be able to take for yourself and offer to others. A new page is opening up before you, too, and I promise you that it’ll be as full of beauty as the one that’s closing. I won’t be here anymore, but our memories will be engraved somewhere, in a place where we can go to pay tribute to our history when the need arises. Farewell."

2. A farewell letter for a lost love

A farewell letter for a lost love

"I always thought there was nothing stronger than love. I’m afraid I was wrong. Our first kiss not only expressed what our hearts felt, but it also sealed our fate: the injustice of life is stronger than our love, stronger than our fierce desire to be together. We’re linked, but we cannot unite. I swear I’ve fought, and I’ve suffered too, but now it’s time for me to move on. When love becomes a daily battle, it’s bound to crumble and then break, and I don’t want to damage the feelings I have for you anymore. Your memory will haunt my thoughts for a long time, the absence of your body will fill many of my nights and who knows, maybe in another life we’ll be able to meet again, to love each other peacefully. But for now, I bid you farewell and leave you this letter as a last kiss filled with tears and hopes."

3. A farewell letter for a lost love

A farewell letter for a lost love

"Your words still echo in my mind as I try to write my own. It’s over now. It’s all over. You drew a line on me, and that line runs right through the center of my heart. Our story’s over. It’s over for me. I want to write that I’m angry with you, that I hate you, that I wish you nothing but sadness and suffering, but my bitter, wounded heart would do the talking. The anger’s gone, all that’s left is a great emptiness, so farewell, as you have decided. I take with me everything you left me: memories, kisses, photos, a ring, and a bouquet. I still believe that one day I’ll think of you without sadness, without resentment, just with the happiness of having been in your life one day."

4. A raging farewell letter (to let it all out 👿)

A raging farewell letter

"So this is the end. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s good news, although... I guess I’m someone who likes her little habits because it’s obviously the only thing that kept me by your side. You’re selfish, you’re passive and when you’re not in a bad mood, you’re simply asleep. I’m almost surprised that you managed to find the time to break up with me, seeing as this relationship seemed to be the last of your priorities. I’ve always been there for you, I’ve supported you, accompanied you, and I’ve only had reproaches or indifference in return. My love suffered, and I think it died without me even paying attention. So now that you want to leave too, you won’t do it without finding out that I don’t mind. I’d be almost relieved if I wasn’t so sad to have to leave you the linen sheets, which you keep reminding me you paid for. So I wish you well. Solitude is the partner that suits you best, such is your navel-gazing, but your narcissistic need for recognition will undoubtedly lead you to some other poor soul, who you’ll be able to manipulate for a while, as you were able to do with me all those years ago. I’m not kissing you, I’m already running towards another life."

5. A farewell letter ✈️ for a friend or a family member

A farewell letter ✈️ for a friend or a family member

"It’s over, I’m getting on that plane, taking off, leaving us saying farewell. No more Thursday coffees, no more endless lunches, no more calls from the car just to say, "I’ll be there in 10 minutes". My life’s no longer being played out here, but that doesn’t mean it’s being played out without you, just away from you. There will be other moments exchanged, other moments shared, but less often, perhaps more intensely. Even if the distance between us grows, the love remains, expanding and stretching. As long as we have that, our goodbyes will never be final."

6. A farewell letter to a deceased loved one

A farewell letter to a deceased loved one

"Losing you was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through. Under normal circumstances, I would have come and found you, sought your advice, and drawn strength from you. You would have inspired me and given me new impetus, but now all I have to go on is the memory of you. No one will ever be able to replace you, and your absence now leaves an indelible mark on my heart, a symbol of what you once were. So I’ll cherish this deep wound to keep you in my heart forever. I’ll miss you, I already do. Life away from you loses its meaning, it feels empty and unfair, but I’ll keep on living it, even as I hobble along, even as I carry my heart heavy with grief, because, despite everything, the spark that you breathed into everything continues to shine within me ✨. "

A letter to say goodbye without causing pain

Some letters are best written for yourself, to heal or let off steam, as a form of therapeutic writing, or if you’re in a toxic relationship, for example. Otherwise, just like a love letter, a farewell letter, whether you want to give or send it, should be written from the heart and without resentment. Write it when your emotions have calmed down, when the storm has passed. Be natural and clear, don’t try to write in a style that’s not your own.

Talk about yourself and your feelings, personalize your letter, be sincere, and don’t give false hope. Don’t be cruel or disrespectful, either. A letter stays with you, so avoid writing things you might regret. Finally, if possible, end your letter with a positive sentence.

The end of a love affair is often the beginning of a difficult period with a mixture of sadness, anger, bitterness, and regret. A farewell letter is a good way to soothe the heart and bring closure to a relationship.

Editor’s note: Writing a letter, a symbolic act

Psychologists are unanimous on the subject of letters: they have immense therapeutic power, in addition to their ability to create a bond or comfort. Taking the time to put down on paper what you’re feeling, and what you’re experiencing, saves a lot of time when you’re in a delicate situation or dealing with strong emotions. Note that it’s important to make the effort to write this letter by hand so that it has more impact. If you don’t feel any better having put your problems down on paper, don’t hesitate to contact a psychologist so that you can take stock together.

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