When we lose someone special it can be hard to let go. How can you say goodbye to a person that meant so much to you?

But unfortunately we don’t have a choice. Sometimes we lose those closest to us.

It’s sad but inevitable.

So finding the right way to say goodbye to them is important.

You want to make your farewell memorable and be fitting for that person, showing just how much you cared for them. Having had such an impact on your life means they deserve the best send off possible.

A good way to mark their departure is with goodbye quotes.

A moving goodbye quote or farewell message that sums up how you feel about the departed can help bring about closure. As well as being used in things like funeral readings or eulogies, sympathy cards and more.

So use these final goodbye quotes to say farewell to someone you loved with all your heart and sadly lost all too soon.

Short Goodbye Quotes

These sad goodbye quotes are short and straight to the point. They quickly sum up the feelings of saying goodbye and how hard it can be.

  • “Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love” – George Eliot
  • “The only time goodbye is painful is when you know you’ll never say hello again” – Unknown
  • “Even if we can’t be together in the end, I’m glad that you were a part of my life” – Unknown
  • “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened” – Dr. Seuss
  • “The pain of a hard good-bye is the heart’s tribute to the privilege to love” – Beth Moore
  • “It’s sad, but sometimes moving on with the rest of your life, starts with goodbye” – Carrie Underwood
  • “The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye, until we meet again” – Jimi Hendrix
  • “Goodbye always makes my throat hurt” – Charlie Brown
  • The two hardest things to say in life is hello for the first time and goodbye for the last” – Moira Rogers
  • “Goodbyes hurt when the story is not finished and the book has been closed” – unknown

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Goodbye Quotes for a Loved One

Losing someone you loved dearly is incredibly hard. These farewell quotes should help you to find comfort and understanding.

  • “I thought I was stronger than a word, but I just discovered that having to say goodbye to you is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do” – Colleen Hoover
  • “Goodbyes make you think. They make you realize what you’ve had, what you’ve lost, and what you’ve taken for granted” – Ritu Ghatourey
  • “Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same” – Flavia Weedn
  • “At some point, you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life” – Unknown
  • “Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting” – J.M. Barrie
  • “Moving on, is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard.” – Dave Mustaine
  • “Even if you know what’s coming, you’re never prepared for how it feels” – Unknown
  • “When I had to say goodbye to you, my love, it was like saying goodbye to my life” – Anonymous
  • “Anyone with a heart, a family, has experienced loss. No one escapes unscathed. Every story of separation is different, but I think we all understand the basic, wretching emotion that comes from saying goodbye, not knowing if we will see that person again, or perhaps knowing that we will not” – Luanne Rice
  • “This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you. Thank you for coming into my life and giving me joy, thank you for loving me and receiving my love in return. Thank you for the memories I will cherish forever. But most of all, thank you for showing me that there will come a time when I can eventually let you go” – Nicholas Sparks
  • “It hurts me to say goodbye to you, my love, I will take solace in the fact that tomorrow is another day and until then I will hold on to thoughts of you to keep my heart warm” – Stella Nwagbogwu
  • “To part is the lot of all mankind. The world is a scene of constant leave-taking, and the hands that grasp in cordial greeting today, are doomed ere long to unite for the the last time, when the quivering lips pronounce the word – Farewell” – R.M. Ballantyne

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Farewell Quotes for Friends

The loss of a friend is devastating but these sayings could put things in perspective and help look at all the joy and love they brought to your life.

  • “You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing” – E.B. White
  • “So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good” – Helen Keller
  • “You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you” – Kiera Cass
  • “We laughed until we had to cry, we loved right down to our last goodbye, we were the best” – St. Elmo’s Fire
  • “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” – A.A. Milne
  • “I thought I was stronger than a word, but I just discovered that having to say goodbye to you is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do” – Colleen Hoover
  • “No more words. We know them all, all the words that should not be said. But you have made my world more perfect” – Terry Pratchett
  • “Saying goodbye is a little like dying” – Marjane Satrapi
  • “The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected” – Nicholas Sparks
  • “Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained” – Jonathan Harnisch

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It’s Not Goodbye Quotes

We often think that goodbyes aren’t the end, merely a break until we meet those we love again. These quotes look at it as not just being goodbye but ‘until we’re reunited’.

  • “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you. Thank you for coming into my life and giving me joy, thank you for loving me and receiving my love in return. Thank you for the memories I will cherish forever.” – Unknown
  • “Goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you, until we meet again” – Unknown
  • “Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation” – Rumi
  • “I have learned along my journey that letting go doesn’t mean loving less” – Alex Elle

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  • “It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later” – Unknown
  • “We’ll meet again, Don’t know where, don’t know when, But I know we’ll meet again, Some sunny day” – Vera Lynn
  • “It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure” – Ernie Harwell
  • “Saying goodbye doesn’t mean anything. It’s the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it” – Trey Parker
  • “All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another” – Anatole France

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We never truly forget or lose those special to us. Their memories are held deep in our hearts. Saying goodbye is important though and often the way to bring closure after they’ve gone.

A quote can’t heal the pain after losing someone but it might help you feel less alone and start on the road to making sense of a loss.

Hopefully these goodbye quotes will have helped you to say farewell to a loved one in a way that gives you some peace and comfort.

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