How to End a Friendship in an E-Mail

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Ending a friendship through an e-mail is not always the most considerate way to terminate a relationship, but if it must be done, use kind phrasing to explain why the friendship is ending. Consider using e-mail as a prelude to a conversation about a particular friendship with advice from a psychologist in this free video on friendships.

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Hi, my name is Reka Morvay, I'm a psychologist and I'm going to talk to you today about how to end a friendship in an e-mail. If you feel that you've come to a point in your friendship where you need to cut it off and end it, ending it in an e-mail may not be the best or most considerate way to do it because if you were friends with this person that implies that you have some sort of consideration for how they feel so perhaps a face to face discussion would be more appropriate than just sending them an e-mail and saying OK it's over. However, if you don't feel comfortable with that or if you want to use an e-mail as a prelude to a conversation, so basically send them an e-mail and say let's sit down and talk about this, that might be one solution. If you do send an e-mail, try to be kind in your phrasing, explain why you chose to do this but don't be hurtful. I mean this is a person that you were friends with for whatever reason it was and so I think that at the minimum you owe them some kind of kindness for the fact that you did used to be friends. So try to phrase it kindly but do tell the other person why. Why you are choosing to end the friendship.


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