Handling Goodbyes: Make your Community Last Even After Members Leave

Handling Goodbyes

So it’s coming to that point of the year again…after all the stress of the spring semester classes and finals are over.  My Res-Life Staff is leaving me!  How can I possibly say goodbye to six unique individuals who have been a big part of my life as a first time res-life supervisor?

Well, I can say goodbye by realizing that I do not actually have followed everything on the checklist that normally describes how people handle goodbyes.


— I do not have to stop checking up on how these six individuals are growing.

— I do not have to stop asking how these individuals’ new college experiences are going.

— I do not have to stop having these individuals’ best interests at heart.

While goodbyes are not fun, too often, people get into the mindset that once another person is no longer a part of the community where they met, they cannot talk to that individual.  Why???

Keeping communication is especially important when:

— You have a mentor-like relationship with one of these community members;

— You have found a system of support in these other community members;

— You have similar goals to these community members.

So do goodbyes really have to mean cutting all communication? No!

Pick up your phone, send a quick e-mail, write a letter, and keep that relationship with a past community member alive!

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