The ABSOLUTE GUIDE of Farewell: What to Write in a Goodbye Card to a Friend

What to Write in a Goodbye Card to a Friend

Saying goodbye is never easy, especially when it's to a close friend. Whether they're moving away, leaving work, or simply stepping into a new chapter of their life, finding the right words can be a challenge. Here are 20 creative ideas on what to write in a goodbye card to a friend to help you convey your feelings and make the farewell memorable based on the friend and the reason:

1. For the Friend Who's Moving Away

Saying goodbye to a friend who is moving away can be tough. Here's a heartfelt message you can use:

  1. "May your new home be filled with joy and laughter. I'll miss you, but I'm excited for your new adventure."
  2. "Distance can't erase the memories we've made. Here's to new beginnings and cherished past."
  3. "Remember, home is where the heart is, and a part of my heart will always be with you."

2. For the Best Friend

When it comes to what to write in a goodbye card to your best friend, it's all about expressing your deep bond and shared memories:

  1. "Best friends are never apart, maybe in distance but never in heart. Take care, my friend."
  2. "You're not just my best friend, you're my chosen family. I'll miss you dearly."
  3. "Our friendship isn't a big thing, it's a million little things. I'll miss every one of them."

3. For the Coworker Turned Friend

If you're wondering what to write in a goodbye card to a coworker who's become a friend, consider this:

  1. "You've made every workday brighter. Your new workplace is lucky to have you."
  2. "From coffee breaks to team meetings, every moment with you was a pleasure. Farewell, my friend."
  3. "You're more than a coworker, you're a friend. Wishing you all the best in your new role."

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4. An Emotional Goodbye Letter to a Best Friend

An emotional goodbye letter to a best friend can be a beautiful way to say farewell:

  1. "Our friendship is a journey that I cherish. As you embark on your new journey, know that you're loved and will be missed."
  2. "You've been a friend in every way. Here's to new beginnings and cherished memories."
  3. "Our friendship is not about being inseparable, but about being separated and knowing nothing will change."

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5. For the Friend with a Great Sense of Humor

If you're looking for what to write in a leaving card funny, here's a suggestion:

  1. "I'm going to miss your face! But at least this means I won't have to see it every day."
  2. "I'll miss your sense of humor. Don't forget to pack it with you!"
  3. "Goodbyes are not forever. They simply mean I'll miss you until we meet again. So, see you on the internet!"

6. For the Friend You Didn't Always Get Along With

Wondering what to write in a leaving card for someone you don't like? Keep it polite and professional:

  1. "We may have had our differences, but I wish you all the best in your future endeavors."
  2. "Here's to new beginnings and a fresh start. Farewell and good luck."
  3. "We may not have been the best of friends, but I respect your dedication and hard work. Best of luck in your new journey."

7. A Sorry You're Leaving Message

A sorry you are leaving message can express your sadness at their departure:

  1. "I'm sorry to see you go, but I'm excited for what's ahead for you."
  2. "Your departure will leave a void that's hard to fill. You'll be greatly missed."
  3. "It's hard to say goodbye, but I'm grateful for the time we had together. Best of luck in your new adventure."

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8. For a Friend Leaving Work

If you're pondering what to write in a leaving card for a friend at work, try this:

  1. "Your dedication and hard work have been an inspiration. Best of luck in your new role!"
  2. "You've made a difference here, and I know you'll make a difference wherever you go. Farewell!"
  3. "Your new workplace is gaining a gem. We'll miss you!"

9. A Farewell Card Message

When considering what to write in a farewell card, remember to wish them well:

  1. "May your journey be filled with joy, success, and plenty of good memories. Farewell!"
  2. "Here's to new beginnings and exciting adventures. Farewell, my friend."
  3. "It's not the destination, it's the journey. May your journey be as wonderful as you."

10. For a Friend Leaving Work

If you're thinking about what to write in a card for a friend leaving work, here's an idea:

  1. "You've left your mark here, and it won't be the same without you. Best of luck in your new role!"
  2. "Your hard work and dedication will be missed. Wishing you all the best in your new job!"
  3. "You're leaving big shoes to fill. We'll miss you!"
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11. For a Friend Embarking on a New Adventure

When considering what to write in a card to a friend who's about to start a new adventure, you might say:

  1. "Life is a grand adventure, and I can't wait to hear about your next chapter. Bon voyage, my friend!"
  2. "May your new adventure be exciting and rewarding. All the best!"
  3. "Every end is a new beginning. Here's to your new beginning!"

12. For a Friend Who Loves Quotes

If your friend appreciates a good quote, here's what to write in a goodbye card:

  1. "As A.A. Milne said, 'How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.'"
  2. "Remember the words of Paulo Coelho, 'If you're brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.'"
  3. "In the words of Richard Bach, 'Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again.'"

13. For a Friend Who's a Dreamer

For the friend who's always reaching for the stars:

  1. "May your dreams guide you to exciting new horizons. Keep dreaming, my friend."
  2. "Dream big, work hard, and make it happen. I believe in you!"
  3. "Your dreams are a reflection of your beautiful soul. Keep dreaming and achieving."

14. For a Friend Who Loves a Good Laugh

If you're looking for what to write in a leaving card funny, try this:

  1. "I'm going to miss your laugh the most. Keep spreading joy wherever you go!"
  2. "Remember, laughter is the best medicine. Don't forget to take your medicine!"
  3. "Your sense of humor has always lightened up the day. Keep laughing and making others laugh!"

15. For a Friend Who's Like Family

When it's hard to say goodbye because they're like family:

  1. "You're not just a friend, you're family. And distance can't change that. Take care."
  2. "Family isn't always blood. It's the people in your life who want you in theirs. You're my chosen family."
  3. "We're not friends, we're family. And family is forever. Take care, my friend."

16. For a Friend Who's Been a Mentor

If your friend has been a guiding force in your life:

  1. "Your guidance has shaped me in ways words can't express. Thank you for everything."
  2. "You've been a mentor, a guide, and a friend. I'm grateful for your wisdom and patience."
  3. "Your mentorship has been an invaluable part of my life. Thank you for your guidance and support."

17. For a Friend Who's a Bookworm

If your friend loves literature, here's what to write in a goodbye card:

  1. "Just like a good book, every chapter of your life will be an adventure. Happy reading!"
  2. "May your life be as exciting as your favorite book. Keep turning the pages!"
  3. "Life is like a book, and every move is like turning a new page. May your story be a bestseller!"

18. For a Friend Who's a Foodie

For the friend who loves food:

  1. "May your journey be filled with delicious discoveries. Bon appétit!"
  2. "Life is like cooking - it's all about experimenting and enjoying the process. Enjoy your new recipe!"
  3. "Your new journey is like a new recipe - exciting, challenging, and rewarding. Enjoy every bite!"

19. For a Friend Who's a Movie Buff

For the friend who loves films:

  1. "As they say in the movies, 'This is not goodbye, it's see you later.' Can't wait for the sequel!"
  2. "Life is like a movie, and you're the star. Here's to your next scene!"
  3. "Your life is your movie, and you're the director. Make it a blockbuster!"

20. For a Friend Who's Always Positive

For the friend who always sees the bright side:

  1. "Your positivity is contagious. Keep spreading the joy, wherever you go."
  2. "You've always found the silver lining. May your journey be filled with positivity and joy."
  3. "Your positive spirit is a light in this world. Keep shining, my friend."

Remember, the most important thing is to be sincere and speak from the heart. For more ideas on what to write in a goodbye card, check out this article from Hallmark. It's filled with thoughtful suggestions that can help you craft the perfect farewell message. Or shop note cards that are personalized to your own style and name: 

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Dalia Abdalla

Owner & Head Designer, Modern Pink Paper

Dalia is the creative force behind Modern Pink Paper. With a keen eye for detail and a love for all things stationery, she embarked on this journey to provide personalized stationery solutions. When she's not crafting beautiful paper creations, Dalia is sharing her insights and inspirations on this blog, ensuring that her readers always have a touch of beauty and creativity in their lives.