Goodbye is such a sad word. It seems too final, too cold, for friends to use. We seem to have so many ways of saying Goodbye and they all have one thing in common-Sadness. Dont ever say Goodbye. Dont ever give in to the sadness and loneliness of that word. Remember instead the joy and the happiness of those times when you first said Hallo to a friend. Take that special hallo and lock it away within you, in that place in your heart where it is always summer time. When you and your friends must part, I want you to reach deep within you and bring back that special Hallo.
Nothing can make up for the absence of someone whom we love, and it would be wrong to try to find a substitute. We must simply hold out and see it thru. That sounds very hard at first, but at the same time, it is a great consolation, for the gap, as long as it remains unfilled, preserves the bond between us. It is nonsense to say that God fills the gap; he doesnt fill it, but on the contrary, he keeps it empty and so helps us to keep alive our former communion with eachother , even at the cost of pain.
Theologian Dietrich Bon Hoeffer-(1906-1945)- in letters and papers from prison.