You may receive several letters in a year related to different nature, but receiving the news of farewell is quite painful whether it is from a friend, colleague, family member or a loved one. An answer to the goodbye letter gives you a chance to share your thoughts and experiences and convey a proper farewell of your own. You can be expressive while replying, but in a positive manner because the reader may read it several times. For a friendly answer there are few set of rules which should be kept in mind, in order to send a nice reply.
The address of the letter is the main thing, which is responsible in creating a positive or a negative impression. Dear is the most common friendly address which is used in formal as well as informal letters. It helps in setting a welcoming and pleasant feel to the letter.
In the first paragraph you can express how pleased you were when you received the letter, but the farewell news sabotaged the excitement. Then you can continue by reminding him or her the good times and the hardships both of you came across during team works or relationships. The initial part of the letters mainly sums up the thankfulness and the appreciativeness.
After expressing your reaction toward the letter and mentioning the proficient and high quality time you have spend with your co-worker, then the moment comes when you have to wish your mate for success and prayers for a life full of opportunities.
In the concluding paragraph you will share your plans of continuing your life and the kind of effects her or his absence will create. The last sentence will contain the future contact information and best regards.
The ending and the beginning of the letter should portray your positive feelings, which will help you in replying to a goodbye letter in the right way.