Tips for Saying Goodbye to a Neighbor:
Offer your assistance on moving day. Arrive at your departing neighbor’s home bright and early with a smile and a fresh thermos of coffee. A box of doughnuts and a variety of fruit will get their day started off on the right foot. If you have time to pitch in and lend a hand, roll your sleeves up and get moving.
Be available for child care. The pressure of having to organize an entire house into boxes while taking care of small children can be overwhelming. You can be of immeasurable help if you organize a play date or offer to take their kids to the movies and out for lunch. Even a small amount of time “kids free” can be helpful.
Provide a meal. With your neighbors busy packing, schedule a day to drop off a meal or invite them over for dinner. They may relish an opportunity to take a break and enjoy the company of friends.
Send them off with well-wishes. A simple card with a few heartfelt words will make your neighbor’s last day a memorable experience. Include a picture of a special time you have shared together throughout the years. If you have captured memories of your kids trick or treating, or walking to the bus on the first day of school, frame one and give it to them as a parting gift.
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