Saying Goodbye To Family and Friends

Saying Goodbye To FamilyHow do you tell all your friends and family that you’re moving? Should you call, write an e-mail, or send a moving announcement to each person? Should you have a going away party?


One of the most convenient and casual forms of communication these days is e-mail. It’s quick, green, and doesn’t take up much time. You can send a mass e-mail notifying everyone of your move (just make sure to keep all the addresses hidden). You could write personalized e-mails to those who are closest to you and send a generic one to everyone else.


Picking up the phone and calling family and friends is another option. It’s ideal for those who would rather speak than write. Calling all of your family and friends probably isn’t practical, but it’s a good way to break the news to those closest to you. It’s also faster than writing e-mails to each person, plus it allows for two-way communication on the spot.

The downside is that the conversations could get long, since there’s likely much to discuss.


If you want to get fancy, then sending out moving announcements might be the way to go. They’re available as eCards and in printed form. You can get ones in past tense, if you want to send them out after the move. Those who are really artsy may want to design their own cards.

Here are some card stores that allow you to customize:

Create a list of everyone you would like to send an announcement to. State when the new address becomes official. Also include you new number, but only when it’s been 100% confirmed by the new phone company. Sometimes companies will give a number, but won’t guarantee it until the phone is connected.


A big, blowout party maybe appealing for some of you. However, this probably isn’t the best way to say goodbye, since you probably won’t be able to visit with everyone. An alternative is to host a series of small gatherings with family and friends. For example, you could have dinner with family, a night out with friends, and a barbecue with co-workers.

If you don’t want to host a party at your house, then consider having a barbecue or potluck picnic at a park. It’s more spacious, plus you won’t have to worry about cleaning up after anyone.

What’s nice about having a party is being able to visit with loved ones in person before leaving. There’s no substitute for this.

Do Nothing

Here’s another option: do nothing. Let’s face it, most will eventually figure out that you’ve moved. Making an announcement to everyone you know probably isn’t necessary. There’s nothing wrong with this approach, but it could rub some people the wrong way. In my opinion, a casual e-mail is better than nothing. Ultimately, how you tell everyone about your move is up to you.


Telling loved ones that you’re moving can be difficult, but be upfront with them about it – they’ll find out at some point! The sooner you tell them, the better. You can make the time you have left with them that much more special. Plus, as moving day nears, you won’t have many opportunities to get together.

If you want to stay in touch with someone, let them know how much they mean to you. You don’t have to say “goodbye” if you plan on seeing them again. Instead, say “I love you” or “talk to you again soon”. This may help you and others deal with the move, knowing that you will be in touch.

It’s easier now for than ever to stay in touch with social networking and video chats such as Skype. If you’re moving far away, then you can make plans to meet friends halfway in between. This makes it easier for everyone.

You’ll probably make new friends very quickly if you have the right attitude. The faster you make friends, the faster you’ll adjust to your new environment.

If you have some famous sites or favorite places to visit in your area, make it a priority to visit them one last time before you leave.

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