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How to Say Goodbye to Your Friends when Your Family Moves

It's always tough to say goodbye to friends. But when your family moves, consider ways to ease the transition, cherish memories, and stay in contact.


  • TIP: Friendship can survive anything, and with electronic communication you may just be entering a new phase of a deepening intimacy.
  • Step 1: Make an effort to have a good attitude about the future and where you're going. Change doesn't have to be a bad thing.
  • FACT: By 2009, 6.6 million U.S. households held at least 3 generations of family members, an increase of 30 percent since 2001.
  • Step 2: Agree to write one another or stay in touch online, so saying goodbye isn't really a complete break.
  • Step 3: Put together a scrapbook to commemorate your times together, with photos, drawings, magazine cutouts, movie stubs, or lyrics you both liked. Collecting memories will cement your bond.
  • Step 4: Write your thoughts in a journal to prepare to say goodbye to your friends when your family moves. Try to recall good memories there and express to them how it feels to be leaving and how much they mean to you. This isn't easy for them either.
  • TIP: It's all right to cry. Doing it with a friend with whom you can share your fears will lighten the tension.
  • Step 5: Throw a big party and take video footage of you with your friends so you will have that moment forever.
  • Step 6: Talk to your parents about the loss you're feeling. Even if they have a lot on their minds and aren't crazy about the move themselves, they will want you to share.

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