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Should I stay or should I go now?

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3337 (Published 16 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3337

Parting is such sweet sorrow (Romeo & Juliet)

Saying goodbye is awkward. We never know how or when to say it. It’s always too soon or too late. It’s never the right time. What should we do? We should realize that it’s always the right time, because once we’ve shared a heartfelt goodbye, we're ready to embrace each other with a real hello, and face a final goodbye.
 To quote Tennyson, "It's better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all."

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 June 2016
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA