I Never Got the Chance to Say Goodbye

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    Dear Old Dad

     My father and I had a horrible relationship since I was a very little kid. He was rough, and abusive both physically and verbally, putting me down at every turn.  I truly despised him. I was told that he'd had a rough childhood himself but in my eyes it was no excuse...
    zillaron zillaron
    51-55, M
    11 Responses Jan 25, 2010

    So much emptiness, so much regret.

    Always make your love and appreciation known.
    thenymphomanic thenymphomanic
    31-35, F
    Jan 28, 2014

    My older brother was murdered

    when he was 18, I was 16. He was involved with the wrong crowd but I never thought death was really an option for him, I was naïve. I wish I could've said that said that last good bye & let him know how much I loved him.
    barney206 barney206
    41-45, F
    Jan 17, 2014

    Rest in Peace, mom. I wish I could've done

    something for you... but an addiction has a mind of its own and will eat away the things you love until they are gone.
    achilles3456 achilles3456
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jun 24, 2015

    aside from those who have passed,

    ive got a small group (but growing) of people online who I never got to say goodbye to. I find it so frustrating. the last one was from ep. we had been messaging and developed a decent, respectable conversation. I enjoyed her messages and treated them like desert. I would save...
    jayciedubb jayciedubb
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Feb 7, 2015

    My grandfather died and I had not gone to see

    him the night befoere. I just wish I could go back to that one night andbe able to sit with him for hours. Just to tell him I loved him one more time. It probably still would not have been enough. He is the only Grandparent that I met and I loved him so much. I just miss him...
    arinsanisa arinsanisa
    56-60, F
    Jan 9, 2016

    So many people I've known

    who passed suddenly without me saying goodbye to them. A college girlfriend, my mom....here one minute and then gone the next. Always consider that when you tell someone so long for now, it might be the last time you see them. And if you love them, make that moment special.
    gtownguy gtownguy
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Sep 25, 2015

    My dad is a christian,

    but ever since my mom died i don't understand how. He keeps telling me that sometimes god doesn't change your situation because he is trying to change your heart, or that bad things happen for a reason but I can't get my head around it. My mom was going to pick up dry cleaning...
    RnneKK RnneKK
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Feb 26, 2015

    Donde Quiera Que Estés

      A mi mamá le encantaba la música , pero de todas las canciones , esta siempre fué su preferida. La conmovía hasta hacerla llorar y nunca supo explicarme el  porque.  Mi madre siempre sintió una fascinación especial por...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Jul 27, 2010

    I feel guilty that I couldn't say goodbye to my

    father properly before he left for his heavenly abode. Although I talked to him in his last moment, he was in a state of coma... couldn't hear anything...couldn't open his eyes...As I stay away from home I reached late. I could have made it if I would had taken a flight but I...
    miru1 miru1
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jun 24, 2015

    It happened 4 years ago,

    and it didn't start really hurting until like a week ago.. in 2011 I lost someone who was very close to me, she was my big cousin and she was only 12 , of course the last time I saw her I was kinda mad at her isn't that just perfect?! I never thought it would be the last time...
    Jerseyboi Jerseyboi
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jun 24, 2015

    Sence you passed, ive never stopped thinking

    about the last words, touch, breathe you took before you passed. but the only thing that breaks my heart is you never said goodbye to me. i wish you would have told me you had cancer. you always thought that if you would have told me i would have stopped talking to you. baby i...
    shyluvz69z shyluvz69z
    18-21, F
    Jan 26, 2015

    I was 2 minutes too late to the hospital to say

    goodbye to my dad. That has stayed with me every minute of every day for the past 10 years.
    gabbs22 gabbs22
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jun 29, 2015
    worldisupsidedown worldisupsidedown
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Mar 6, 2014

    It went from a four year relationship.

    To a one year long distance relationship. If finally ended in a fight on whatsapp. Never spoke since. Feels horrible.
    rami83 rami83
    31-35, M
    Jun 24, 2015

    Goodbye Grandad

    I was working abroad at the time my grandad passed away, was on the phone to him a few days before and my last words were "I'll see you soon and bring you back some brandy" Left the brandy in his coffin, R.I.P xxxx
    xRimsayx xRimsayx
    22-25, M
    Nov 15, 2013
    Gymnasticslover Gymnasticslover
    16-17, F
    Dec 30, 2015

    When i was 3 my brith brother was taken away

    form me and i never got to say my goodbyes.
    phaselove86 phaselove86
    18-21, F
    Apr 24, 2015

    My cousins and their father passed away

    recently... I decided not to visit my uncle at the Hospital, having assumed (badly hoped) that he would recover from his injuries. It was a grave mistake. I should have gone to see him. I missed an opportunity to let him know, before he went home, that I loved him. He must know...
    Vabidemi00 Vabidemi00
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Feb 14, 2015

    Silent Goodbyes Hurt The Most

    It’s unfortunate that we’re not taught how to break up with people we love! Goodbyes hurt the most when people leave without saying them.I see many people do this.It is sometimes acceptable to a stranger. But you can do it to someone with whom you had once shared good times...
    lifefairytales lifefairytales
    1 Response Feb 8, 2012

    he left before I got the chance to say goodbye.

    I still remember the day when he sent me a message saying I'll still love you no matter what happens. I ignored it and went to sleep I hate myself so much for ignoring it.I woke up a few hours later to the sound of police and ambulance sirens. he had killed himself. I miss you...
    mynameiskris mynameiskris
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jun 23, 2015

    Almost one year ago a friend of my family was

    told he had stage 4 Lung Cancer. They only gave him a couple months to live. Everyone was really sad knowing he would most likely die. It was really sad on all of us because each day he became weaker and weaker. He was already really bald so we all looked at that as a bright...
    TheLostFangirl TheLostFangirl
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 4, 2014

    I was only 7 years old.

    Her first grandson and she spoiled him; me. She was in the room with doctors anxious to make sure her elderly approaching centennial status wouldn't die from his liver operation, anxious and worried that she suffered a stroke. In the room, as a 7 year old, I had no idea what was...
    diegojdiaz diegojdiaz
    18-21, M
    Jun 24, 2015
    TheVirginRapids TheVirginRapids
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Jun 23, 2015

    My Grandma I Never Said Goodbye

    so it was may 27 /2012 i was over my aunts house i was playing black ops when i and my cousins was called downstairs i was thinking it was time for me to go somewhere with them but to my surprise i got some tragic news my grandma has passed i was in a state of shock and...
    tjbiggie8 tjbiggie8
    18-21, M
    Oct 4, 2013

    Just Sad

    My employer announced last week that there would be about 40 people that would be let go. Funny how I was sort of wishing I'd be included. You know how when you get stuck for a long time in a job and you only make yourself go deeper and deeper into that sticky mud. Unable to make...
    Sylphy Sylphy
    41-45, F
    5 Responses Nov 25, 2012


    Just as my divorce was about to be final--after being in court for four excruciating years--I met an amazing guy. He was tall, strong, handsome, blue eyed--a very fit US Marine over 6 feet tall. Sincerely, the most amazing looking man I had ever seen. He was completely out of...
    CountrySlicker CountrySlicker
    56-60, F
    May 12, 2013


    I was shocked , then I felt numb As if  I was viewing the world from inside a bubble You left , without warning , without a goodbye Was it so hard , to just say goodbye , would it have cost you so much? I loved you, sacraficed for you, Held your hand when you...
    softkitti softkitti
    22-25, F
    8 Responses Mar 14, 2010

    I never got the chance to tell my father

    goodbye...when his new girlfriend came to town he decided that he would go.....he never told me but my aunt did a few days after he moved..he deleted his Facebook,MySpace,and Instagram. He also got a new phone number. Now I have no contact with him.....
    Raven424 Raven424
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jul 22, 2015

    I never got a chance to say goodbye to the man

    who gave me the 2 best blessings in my life!! He was my first real love and a teacher to me. His name was Robby. We met when I was 15. He was older than me. We had been next door neighbors when I was around 11-13 but I had never met him, only seen him a couple times, my little...
    Kayloves060814 Kayloves060814
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Sep 19, 2014

    EP is about experiences.

    I guess I'm deeply afraid to share the ones that bother me. So, as a leap of carelessness, I have something to share about my last lover. His name was Alek. Aleksandr, really. We met online about two years ago online in this chat room. I remember liking him immediately, his...
    SunGun SunGun
    1 Response Jun 24, 2015


    To watch you walk away, To say i loved you one last time, To cry away this pain, Goodbye, ,goodbye. I hate that word You left and with good reason But would it have cost you too much To look me in the eyes To give me one last hug Goodbye, ,goodbye. I hate that word Goodbye...
    mel15 mel15
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Jul 2, 2013

    My sister died 21 years ago

    and I never got to say goodbye, I still feel bad to this day. I was not allowed at her funeral as I was too young (I was 13). And a friend of my mums told me she had passed not even my family told me. I'm sorry to vent but I miss her like mad.
    bj345 bj345
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Sep 8, 2014

    My Nana was my angel.

    She survived a very hard life and had a lot of health issues and survived a stroke with no repercussions, several heart attacks and breast cancer. May 7 of this year my nana was going to her doctors appointment and my aunt was driving her. She was having trouble breathing and my...
    Danielle727 Danielle727
    26-30, F
    Aug 2, 2014

    Well this is just the place

    for today. My friend passed an hour or so ago. I got the call at work. I knew it was coming. I didn't have the money for airfare. New to the job so I couldn't really take off... And I knew it was coming. I just feel incredibly, incredibly drained. I won't make the funeral...
    elipses elipses
    26-30, M
    1 Response Jun 23, 2015

    How Fragile Life Is...

    I lost my beautiful wife of 21 years in 1994, and one of my biggest regrets was not having the chance to say goodbye. I suppose thats the way in most loss...you never get the chance to do a lot of things you would have if you would have known their time was up. The lesson in that...
    deleted deleted
    30 Responses Nov 2, 2009
    Lotty15 Lotty15
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jun 23, 2015

    goodbye, to that I've cream I dropped

    when I was 6. I didn't wanna leave you, but mum said you were dirty. but she was wrong and if I could go back, I'd lick you back up. forever in my heart... Lol jkjk just trying to make people smile a bit. I know it won't make everything better, but a little joy goes a long way...
    skittlequeen skittlequeen
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 28, 2015

    I watched "first dates" yesterday

    and a girl on it, her story, reminded me of him. We hitchhiked to Morocco together. I remember him saying that we'll never forget each other, we'll never just be another ex because we did something so special together. He introduced me to a way of living and thinking, less...
    so24601 so24601
    26-30, F
    Mar 20, 2015

    I will always miss you,

    but I am beginning to realize it's time to let you go, I will never be all of the things I know you need. I was drowning when I met you, you reached in and saved me, and for that I will always be grateful. Goodbye you sexy beast, I wish you the best of luck in all you do...
    NewBeginnings77 NewBeginnings77
    31-35, F
    Jul 19, 2015

    I left home at a young age.

    I basically ran away to save someone pain and embarrassment. I had a best friend Stephen. He and I were attached at the hip. He was so much to me. We shared all or deepest darkest secrets with one another. When I ran away to America he and our other friend were the only ones who...
    MagickalFae MagickalFae
    41-45, F
    Jan 13, 2014

    when I was little my great grandmother took

    care of me and when she was dying and evertualy died I didn't get to say goodbye
    loneleyboy loneleyboy
    16-17, M
    1 Response Jun 24, 2015

    Another If Only?

    My sister took her own life and never left a note, my family and I have so many unanswered questions that will be with us till the day we die. I know she had problems but we are quite a close family so just can't understand why she could not find it in her self to come to any...
    myselfxox myselfxox
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Nov 5, 2009

    I lost my granny 5 yrs ago

    while I was away at college. She was my rock my everything now I'm so lost with out her. For my own selfish reasons I Wouldnt go to the hospital to visit her on her last days because it tore me up on the inside because she was having multiple strokes and was on dialysis. She...
    Sunnigyrl Sunnigyrl
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jun 24, 2015

    There will always be moments

    when I remember you singing that song. It was my favorite lullaby. "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine You make me happy when skies are grey You'll never know, dear, how much I love you Please don't take my sunshine away" You were taken away from me and I never got the...
    PolarAurora PolarAurora
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 26, 2016

    I am a very complicated woman

    but despite of it, there was this guy who came into my life and was patient enough of loving me. All throughout the relationship, I felt loved. It was one of the best things I have ever felt. With his voice telling me that everything will be alright was one of the things that...
    runawayme runawayme
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jan 1, 2014
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