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How to say goodbye with less difficulty

LINDA Hartree, from the YCIS Pudong Campus Student Support Office

The day has finally dawned and you have heard that your family will be departing from Shanghai. This can be especially hard for children. It was difficult for them to leave their previous home, family and friends and now, just a few years later, these students are being asked to go through all of that emotional turmoil again.

With today's varied means of staying connected, the stress of saying "goodbye" doesn't need to be quite so emotionally difficult. Some points to move away with a smile instead of a tear:

1. Treasure the time you have left with your friends. Choose them as "Study Buddies" for the upcoming exams where a sleepover can be beneficial to revision and your relationship.

2. Write a letter of thanks to your closest friends so that you can begin to say farewell in a meaningful and lasting way.

3. Be mindful of picking that unnecessary fight with those friends closest to you, as it is easy to walk away from someone you are upset with, but once on that plane home you will have even greater regrets.

4. Plan a memorable celebration of your friendship together such as a party, sleepover or going out to a restaurant.

5. Start a web page with your friends before you leave so that you can begin to tangibly view your friendship with them from a different, not so direct, perspective.

6. Most important of all, produce an album of photos, e-mails and memorabilia that you can take with you to your new home.

This "product" will produce smiles not only while you are creating it but especially when you are miles away and wish those friends were a little closer.


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