How to Say Goodbye at the Airport

Goodbyes can be emotional. They can bring out the emotions of sadness when a loved one is leaving while on other occasions, it can be relief and joy if some unwanted person is going away. The former, fortunately, is more often the case.

One can be overcome by emotions when a near and dear one is leaving. Keeping your calm and composure at the airport at such an occasion is important not only for you but for the spirit of the person leaving as well. Doing so will make it easy for both sides.


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    Be Mentally Prepared

    Know that the cliché “all good things must come to an end” is not just a cliché but a fact of life. Your loved ones sometimes have to go away, even for longer periods of time and there is not much you can do about it. So well before you leave for the airport, be prepared that whatever is happening has to happen. Bidding adieu with a smile will make the trip for the other person or persons easier.

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    Distract Yourself

    Once at the airport, distract your mind from thinking about the person leaving. This may be a touch cruel for you but it is often necessary as it soothes you for the time being. Also concentrate on the happy times and you will feel good and cherish your relationship with the person leaving. You will also be looking forward to meeting them again whenever that happens. The good times most often return.

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    When saying goodbye, smile. This will help the other person feel good as that person is feeling the same pain, perhaps more of it then you. Once you show them that you love them and care for them, it will make the whole process easier for you as well as for the other person.

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    Give a Hug

    Do not hesitate in giving a tight hug. This will reflect your affection for the other person. Also if a tear or two come racing down your cheek, there is no shame in it as it only shows that you care. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to come up with a small gift such as the other person’s favourite chocolate to cheer things up.

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