Last Goodbye Letters

Last Goodbye Letters Publishing uplifting letters of life and love. This is a project I was inspired to start after I wrote a letter to my Dad when he was dying of cancer.

It was such a healing activity, that I'm hoping this project will inspire others to write letters to their loved ones and let them know what a special part they play in our lives. I'm hoping to collect letters from all kinds of people from all walks of life and turn this into a book.

Mission: ~Our mission~: To collect and publish inspiring letters that may heal and enrich those who read them. Please help us by sending us your letters to [email protected] or to the mailing address listed here, or by giving this information to anyone whom might like to submit a letter. Thanks. :)

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A father recently wrote in that he watched the video on the Last Goodbye Letters website about how to help a child write a goodbye letter. He said that he coached his two little girls through the process and it worked easily! Both his daughters drew pictures to give to their mother who is in the hos...

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“…helped me focus my thoughts… the thought that my kids would know that I was at peace with my life and loved them gave me comfort. Maybe my letter will help others as they gather their own thoughts while writing their own letters.”

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05/06/2020

Start Your Letter Writing Process With A Moment Of Mindfulness

I have a success story I thought might inspire during these trying times. About 18 months ago a professional friend shared that he suffers from severe OCD and anxiety. I gave him an easy, entertaining self-help book to read: 10% Percent Happier by Dan Harris. Dan Harris writes from an "everyman's" perspective so readers can relate to his skepticism about meditation. I've given away this book A LOT.

Here's the success: Last week when we spoke, my friend told me the book was "life changing." This month (during the COVID-19 height of anxiety!) marks the first month he's been off his anxiety medication which he attributes to the practice of medication and yoga. He says he has more energy and feels wonderful.

One takeaway--a small gesture on your part (gifting a book) may reap huge benefits that you didn't expect (no anxiety drugs)! Another takeaway--try meditation!

When we hold letter writing workshops, the first thing we have participants do is to become mindful. Whether it's through prayer, meditation or simply sitting quietly for a moment, it calms the monkey-mind and helps writers focus. Many people have been writing goodbye letters to their anxieties, bad habits and even to fear.

When you sit down to write such a letter, try starting with a moment of mindfulness. If you would like some meditation guidance click here https://www.tenpercent.com for the Ten Percent Happier website. They offer lots of free guidance on mindfulness.

Please consider submitting your letter on the LastGoodbyeLetters.com here: https://lastgoodbyeletters.com so others can read it and gain comfort knowing they are not alone. Simply click the SUBMIT YOUR LETTER button at the top right of the purple bar on the site.

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04/24/2020

This page is meant to be uplifting and positive. There's been so much COVID-19 news that we didn't feel the need to add more stress. We have gotten a few letters written to the emotion of isolation, Coronavirus and COVID-19--some using very colorful language. However, this letter penned by college student, Gabriel Niforatos, came across my desk and I thought it was a good representation of how writing a letter to a state of being if you will, can help shape a positive frame of mind in the midst of chaos and uncertainty.

Dear COVID-19,

It is not often we write letters to that which we despise, but you have touched so many spheres of life, impacted so many lives and changed so much that I find I cannot help but write to you. It is an understatement to say it is a chore writing to you. I hate it. It has become a tradition of sorts to write an end of year review for my last column, but anything I wrote would be remiss if it failed to mention you.

Little did I know dinner on Thursday at North Dining Hall with a senior friend was the last time I would see them, that ice cream at Lafun on a Wednesday and studying at Duncan Student Center would be the little moments we would remember as a goodbye. It’s funny. You have me playing and replaying the last few weeks before break to remember who I saw and didn’t see, recalling the breezy goodbyes and niceties we exchanged that would become our final farewell.

Click this link to read more of Gabriel's letter: https://ndsmcobserver.com/2020/04/a-letter-to-covid-19/

We would love to read and possibly publish your letter also. Are you feeling lonely? Isolated? Frustrated? Scared? Write a goodbye to those emotions to turn over a new leaf in your life. And remember to submit your letter on the LastGoodbyeLetters.com website!

Be well. Be happy.

10/12/2016

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04/03/2015
Writing as grief therapy

Chaplain JTC, III with AllCare Hospice in Tulsa, Oklahoma ministers to those in their last days of life. He allowed me to share this article about writing to heal with you. It talks about guilt, regret, forgiveness, gratitude and acceptance. Here's a link to the Chaplain's story:

Starting the writing process isn't hard--just decide to begin.

Should you choose to write a letter and would like to share it with others in order to help them, please feel free to submit it to: [email protected].

The many emotions of grief are usually compounded with guilt and regret for things said, things not said, or things done or not done.

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12/24/2014
After decades as pen pals, friends say final goodbyes

I came across this story by Jim Stingl from the Milwaukee County Journal Sentinel and felt it was something to share with you. Very touching.

These women didn't have to write goodbye letters to each other--they'd been writing their whole lives, so I'm sure, nothing was left unsaid.

As Christmas arrives, we remember to give thanks for our friendships.

“Dear Helen, my name is Elizabeth, but I hope you will call me Betsy.” Betsy Hauke, then 15, wrote those words in her South Milwaukee home and sent the note to Helen Bennett, who lived on a sheep farm in the Australian community of Mia Mia.

08/13/2014

Goodbye Letter To Robin Williams From A Fan:

I guess we all grieve in different ways. This person wrote a letter to Robin Williams whom, I assume, he never met in person. Writing a letter to someone you don't know personally didn't cross my mind before today. But this letter, hopefully, helped ease the pain in the author's heart:

Dear Robin:

You made me laugh. You brought joy into people’s lives. You were so upbeat. You were a genius. I’m so sad that you left us. There was so much more you could give to the world. I’m so sad to know that that you were sad when all you did was to make others happy.

I’m sending you this letter in my heart. I wish I sent it to you before you felt like you had nothing left. You gave so much. We will miss you.

--Adam

I encourage you to write a letter to a loved one today! If you'd like me to share it with others, please send it to me at [email protected].

09/04/2013

By now you may have heard about the sweet story of 96-year-old widower, Fred Stobaugh who wrote a love poem to his wife and sent it into Green Shoe Studio's contest to become a produced song. When everyone else was sending in their entries via YouTube, Fred's came by US Postal Service. But it's simplicity touched the producers' hearts and, apparently the hearts of many others. Today, Fred's song, Sweet Lorraine, is trending as one of the top downloads on iTunes.

Fred and Lorraine met in 1938 when she was a car hop at the A&W Root Beer stand and their love for each other grew for 75 years until she died this past April. They had so many happy years together to which the photos Fred likes to show can attest. And I'm sure that Lorraine knows how much Fred loved her.

Maybe Fred wrote other poems and love notes to Lorraine. But I'm sad because so many people don't really tell--tell from the heart--others about the way they feel. It is often to painful to say in person, so writing can be an option.

This web blog is dedicated to helping others put their words down on paper and delivering the thoughts to the loved one before the person is gone from our lives. Maybe it's a move, or a marriage, or a child moving out of the house. Maybe you are writing a goodbye to the 'old' you as you start fresh on a new journey of life.

Please write down your thoughts and give them to your loved one. It's good for you and wonderful for them. If you need help writing your letter, check out my Tips On How To Write Your Own Last Goodbye Letter.

Happy writing.

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08/15/2012
How to write goodbye letters

Do me a favor! Share this ABC 15 TV link with all your friends to help get the word out about LGL! The link expires in 30 days, so, with your help I can spread it to more people and get more letters rolling in!

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/lifestyle/sonoran_living/How-to-write-goodbye-letters

Susan Geer lost her father last year and was motivated to turn her pain into purpose by attempting to collect 1000 letters, poems, collages or other good-bye sentiments and publish them a book.

08/11/2012

Happy weekend! I started my weekend last night at dinner with friends. My friend suggested that let people know that the Last Goodbye Letters tagline was too narrow because it mentions 'children to parents' when the project has expanded to lots of different kinds of goodbyes. Who wants to give me suggestions for revised taglines? Share this with your friends so I get more suggestions!

#LastGoodbyeLetters

08/09/2012

The Olympics are pretty inspiring, but I've gotten some inspiring letters recently as contributions for Last Goodbye Letters. One of them, from a sister to her brother, inspires us to move on positively. She says, "With the writing of these words I say goodbye to you. Not goodbye to your memory, but goodbye to the pain of losing the physical you. I love you very, very much." Tell your friends to write a letter to a loved one!

07/07/2012

How To Write Your Own Last Goodbye Letter

It can be very daunting trying to put your thoughts into words and onto paper for your loved one to read. But at least you are trying! Any words you write will be very special to those who read them. There are no clear cut ‘rules’ for writing any letter, except for one: make sure it’s from your heart.

Here are some suggestions on how to get started:

1. Think of the person you are writing to and remember a specific incident that comes to mind. Write it down. For example: “I remember when I was fifteen and you took me taught me how to…” or “It wasn’t a big deal to you, but it was a big deal to me that summer we spent in Wisconsin and we sat out on the pier one night and talked about…” or “You always shared your secrets with me.”

2. Take a minute to think about how you felt then and how you feel now about this incident. For example: “You gave me the confidence to try hard at something for the first time in my life.” Or, “That was the beginning of my love for the outdoors and it set my life on a course that it wouldn’t have taken without you.” Or, “You made me feel important and grown up and that what I had to say really mattered to you.”

3. Repeat as necessary. This can be long or short—whatever feels best to you at the time of writing.

4. Don’t think that a letter has to be written words. Maybe it’s a drawing, a word collage, a poem (rhyming or otherwise), a song or something else entirely.

5. Don’t worry if you don’t say everything. You can’t possibly write down everything you want to express about a relationship in one letter. But writing your letter says a lot more than what is simply written on the page. Your letter brings back memories to the reader. It reminds him/her of your love. It surprises, it honors, it warms the heart, it brings a tear, it brings a smile to your reader. Your loved one will be able to read all the unwritten sentiments that you were unable to put onto paper. Your letter will bring joy to both your and the recipient.

6. Close your letter with a few short words that you feel describe the recipient. For example, you could say, “you are special to me because you are beautiful inside and out, your laugh makes me smile, you always make me feel safe” etc.

7. Give it to your loved one. This is an important step for you. If you can’t give it in person, then mail it, e-mail it, give it to a friend to deliver for you, read it over the telephone or in a voice message. One caveat here: The recipient may not act the way you have scripted the response to be. He/she may want to read it in private and may never want to discuss it with you because it is so emotional. Let the reader react in the way that fits him/her best.

If you would like to share your letter and/or writing experience with others, please send us your letter along with the Release Agreement that can be downloaded from our website: LastGoodbyeLetters.com.

All our best wishes in your writing endeavors—may they be healing to yourself and others.

04/21/2012

Our mission: To collect and publish inspiring letters that may heal and enrich those who read them.

04/21/2012
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A couple of people have asked me for a press release that describes the Last Letters Project so they can post it in their break rooms at work, or give to their community association newsletters. To make it easy, I’m posting a link to the press release here. If you know of anyone who might want to put this story into their newsletters, please feel free to download it and send it to them.

Thanks for your help in getting the word out.

Here's the link:

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04/13/2012
Gilbert woman in search of goodbye letters for book

Thank you to the Arizona Republic for doing a write up about our project in this week’s paper. If you missed it, I've added a link below.

This article has generated several letters and ideas that others have shared. It’s amazing how many good ideas come from people when you bother to ask. I will be posting some of the letters once I have all the permissions given.

If you know anyone who might want to contribute or help get the word out via a newsletter (I have a press release!) please forward the link to them.

Thanks!

Gilbert woman in search of goodbye letters for book, Susan Geer of Gilbert has created a website for project, hopes to get letters from around the world.

04/10/2012

There have been questions from others about why we are limiting our letters to only children to their parents--WE'RE NOT!!!

I know, I know...our logo says that, but avid followers of this project know that we are being open minded. We have contacted hospice organizations and have sent letters out to community newsletters. Here's a growing list of "Last Goodbyes" we've thought would be good:

Military families overseas (we pray for the best, but never know the outcome of serving our country)
Hospice patients/care givers
Big Brothers/Big Sisters (the little bros/sis as they transition out of the relationship)
Make-A-Wish, wish kids

If you can think of any other groupings, please let us know! We need all the help we can get!

04/03/2012

Sigh. This project needs a jump start. And you can help! I've thought of five (easy) ways you can help us get the word out about needing some letter contributions. Let me restate that--we need lots and lots of letter contributions! Here are my ideas (if you have more, please share!)

1. Ask five friends to "like" us on Facebook (saying 'pretty please' might help)

2. Ask me for a copy of our first press release and then personally send it to a connection you may have at a community newsletter, to another blogger, or even someone at 60 Minutes!

3. Send in a letter of your own

4. Visit our website/blog and post a reply to this or another post

5. Say a prayer for our success!

03/29/2012

I had the nerve, about a month before my dad passed and while he could still somewhat sit up long enough to read e-mail, to tell him about this letters project that he inspired. I thought I’d share what his response was.

“Dear Sue: Great idea. I don’t know where you would get the material, but it would certainly be good theraphy for you guys as well as all who would read it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Now I’m going to take a nap too. Dad”

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