How to Move On Without Closure? 16+ Ways

Learning how to move on without closure is tough.

We’ve all been there. It was incredibly hard on me.

If you’ve been through a break-up, you know how difficult it can be to move on.

And sometimes, the hardest part is not getting closure from your ex.

Whether they’re ghosting you or just refuse to talk about what went wrong, it can be tough to let go without any answers. But here’s the thing: you don’t need closure to move on.

In fact, sometimes it’s better to just close that chapter of your life and start fresh.

What is closure in a relationship post-breakup?

Closure is the process of understanding why a relationship ended. It can involve having conversations with your ex about what went wrong, or simply accepting that things didn’t work out and moving on without those answers.

Sometimes we struggle to accept that no answer IS AN ANSWER, and we desperatley try to look for those last words of closure.

Can you move on without closure?

Yes, you can move on without closure.

It may be difficult, but it is possible, and take it from someone who dated someone who they thought they were going to married only to end up getting completely ghosted.

The key is to focus on yourself and your own healing process

Take the time to reflect on what went wrong in the relationship, and use that as an opportunity to learn more about yourself and grow as a person.

We give ourselves an illusion that final conversation is going to change the situation of what actually happened, but the reality is that everything that needed to be said has already been said.

If there was room to grow in the relationship, then it would have done so.

Remember that the disrespect was closure enough.

Here are some tips on how to move on.

Acknowledge that you may never get the closure you want

Learning to accept that you may never receive the closure you need can be a difficult thing. It can be tempting to search for an answer or explanation as to why something has happened, but it’s important to remember that closure isn’t always a guarantee.

Often, we have to take what we can from painful experiences and move on without any answers. Instead of running around in circles looking for insight, focus your attention and energy into doing helpful things that empower yourself. Don’t get stuck in the past- use it as a learning opportunity and build yourself up today, instead of dwelling in regret or looking back at what could have been.

Come to terms with the fact that the other person may never give you what you need

It can be heartbreaking to come to the realization that someone may never give you what you need. The pain of wanting something that will never be fulfilled can feel insurmountable.

However, it is important to remember that we don’t have control over other people, and sometimes we just have to let go in order to truly move on and find fulfillment elsewhere. Doing the difficult work of accepting this fact can set us on a path of healing and strength, so don’t be afraid to take your time and embrace the emotions that come with such a transition.

Whatever happens next won’t ever erase who you were with them or all the memories of your relationship, but accepting that they may never give you what you need could open up possibilities for new paths ahead.

Focus on yourself and your own healing process

When going through a hard time, it is easy to get caught up in the struggles and emotions of the moment. While it’s important to be mindful of your pain and honor it, focusing on yourself and healing process should be your main priority.

Releasing your expectations for how others should react and instead caring for yourself will help you move through difficult circumstances with more ease.

Taking charge of your growth by seeking out whatever support makes sense for you, such as counseling or support groups, can also provide helpful strategies for navigating the healing process.

The most important step is recognizing that despite any external influences, healing starts with taking care of yourself first.

Take your power back

It is easy to blame ourselves for not receiving closure, but ultimately it was their decision to leave and not take accountability for their actions. Taking your power back means refusing to remain stuck in a cycle of trying to get someone else’s approval or confirmation.

Instead of looking for validation from them, look within yourself and recognize that you have the power to move on. Know your worth and what you deserve in a healthy relationship, and remember that you are ultimately the master of your own destiny.

Create a support system of close friends or family who can help you through this tough time

What do you do when life throws something unexpected your way? It can be hard to know where to turn or who to go to for help, so it’s important to have a supportive circle of people around you. Talk to family and friends about what’s going on;

When times are tough, a support system of close friends and family can provide the reassurance and help needed in order to work through the issues.

You can go out with them , talk about your feelings, and even get their advice if needed. Having a support system around you can make all the difference in finding closure and moving forward with your life.

Seek professional help if you feel like you’re struggling to cope

If you’re having a difficult time managing life’s difficulties, it can be very beneficial to seek help from a professional. Not only can they listen and provide support, but they can also give advice on how you can better cope with any given situation.

Meeting with a trained therapist has been shown to decrease symptoms of stress and anxiety related to problematic times in one’s life. Professional counseling provides an individualized setting that allows for open conversations about emotional issues and concerns.

It’s important that when looking for professional help, you choose someone who specializes in the area that best serves your needs. Having the support of someone who understands your problems can make all the difference as you work toward developing strategies for dealing with life’s hardships.

Give yourself time – there is no set timeline for moving on, so take things at your own pace

When it comes to getting over the loss of a loved one, job or relationship, do not try to rush or compare your timeline with others. Everyone is different and process events in their own way. Instead, dedicate time each day to reflect on how you are feeling.

Reaching out and surrounding yourself with supportive people who can listen and provide comfort will be beneficial as you move through your grieving process. Lastly, don’t be too hard on yourself if progress feels slow – grief takes its time so take each day at a sluggish pace and know that healing is happening even if it doesn’t feel like it.

Give yourself time and eventually things will shift; only then you can begin to see the sunshine amongst the clouds.

Go on a trip

Some people say it’s toxic to run away from your problems by booking a flight or taking a trip when you hit a rough patch in life , but the truth is that it can be a great way to clear your head and gain some perspective. Taking yourself out of your comfort zone can help you to break away from old patterns and habits that may have been holding you back.

Use the time to get in touch with your inner self and reflect on what changes (if any) need to be made in order to move on with your life. Whether it’s a few days or a few weeks, you will come back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the issues head-on.

Finally, remember that it is ok to take time for yourself; healing requires time and energy so don’t beat yourself up if it takes a while and you need to remove yourself from a certain place to gain some clarity.

Write a letter

Writing can be a great outlet of expression when dealing with difficult times. Writing a letter to yourself or to the person who broke your heart can help you gain perspective on the situation and ultimately provide closure, allowing you to move forward in life.

Take some time each day to sit down and write about your feelings; express all the doubts, hopes, and disappointments that have been running through your mind.

Writing can also be a way to forgive yourself or the other person; by putting it down on paper, you may find that it is easier than talking about it out loud.

At the end of each letter, remind yourself that healing takes time and this will not last forever. Remember to end your letter with “Goodbye” as you are leaving a chapter of your life and entering a new one.

Remove yourself from situations you know are hurting you

In order to move forward in life, it’s important to remove yourself from situations that may be causing you pain.

This includes anything from people or relationships that have made you feel bad and activities that have been sources of stress or unhappiness. It’s not always easy to let go of the things we feel attached to, but it is necessary in order to make progress.

Sometimes this means taking a break from people or activities for a certain period of time, and other times it might mean cutting ties completely and understanding that it’s best to move on withou the closure you want.

Whatever the case, be sure to give yourself time and space so that you can heal and move on with your life.

Don’t message your ex

The disrespect is enough of an answer. If you feel like your ex is not giving the closure you feel you want, why would you try to message them again?

This will only prolong your pain and set you back in the healing process. Rather, focus on yourself and take some time to reflect on why it didn’t work out, how it made you feel, and what you can learn from this experience.

Avoiding contact with your ex is a sign of respect for yourself and them; by not reaching out, you can show yourself that you are worth so much more than a few words or an explanation.

Replace Negative Thoughts and find your Silver Lining When dealing with grief and loss, it’s easy to get caught up in negative thoughts. Instead of ruminating on all the things that didn’t go right, try to find the silver lining in your situation.


Focus on what you can learn from this experience and how it has helped you grow as a person. You have a beautiful life to live and should not dwell on the past.

Forgiving yourself and the other person is essential in order to move forward with your life. Forgiveness doesn’t have to mean you condone what happened, it simply means that you accept it for what it was and are ready to move on.

Trust yourself

It can be hard to move on after a breakup or any kind of loss. The pain and hurt you feel can seem overwhelming, but with the right mindset and strategies, it is possible to heal and start anew.

That’s where trusting yourself comes into play.

There will be days where you feel like utter crap and days where you don’t even feel like getting out of bed. On those days, remember to trust yourself; give yourself the time and space needed to heal and know that in due time, things will get better.

it’s important to remember that healing takes time and this is not something that can be rushed.

Practice self compassion

girl staying true to herself

It’s important to remember that healing takes time and this is not something that can be rushed. Practice self compassion with yourself ; it’s okay to make mistakes and feel sad.

Be kind to yourself when things don’t go as planned and take the time to do something you love – whether that’s going for a walk, reading a book, or listening to your favorite music.

The more we practice self-compassion, the easier it will be to move on from the hurt and start a new chapter in life.

Put yourself out there

Once you’ve taken the necessary steps to move on and heal, it’s time to start putting yourself out there. This doesn’t mean rushing into anything new right away; it simply means doing things that make you happy and bring joy into your life.

This might be as simple as going out with friends or as big as taking a chance on something you’ve been wanting to do for a while.

Putting yourself out there can be daunting, especially after loss without closure. But with the right attitude and mindset, it’s possible to make new memories and create connections that are genuine and fulfilling.


You took someone out of your life that wasn’t meant for you to be in it. Congratulations. This leaving room for the people who are going to be in your life and who will make your life better.

So, celebrate the changes you are making, even if they’re small. Celebrate the fact that you have taken an important step in moving on and healing from loss without closure.

Take time to appreciate yourself for being strong enough to get through this difficult experience and congratulate yourself for starting

Create a future you are proud of

At the end of the day, it’s all about creating a future you are proud of. Loss without closure can feel like an anchor weighing you down and preventing you from living your best life, but with the right mindset and strategies, it doesn’t have to be this way.

Take time to reflect on what you have learned from this experience and how it has helped you grow. Think of the skills that have been strengthened, the relationships built or rebuilt, and the new perspective gained.

Use this newfound knowledge to create a future for yourself that is full of hope and possibility. Celebrate your successes and forgive yourself for any mistakes along the way.

Bottom Line

While it may seem impossible to move on from this person and this situation, know that it is possible. Focus on yourself and your own healing process. Create a support system of close friends or family who can help you through this tough time. Seek professional help if you feel like you’re struggling to cope.

Give yourself time – there is no set timeline for moving on, so take things at your own pace. Remember that you are not alone in this – many other people have gone through (and are going through) something similar. You will get through this, even if it doesn’t feel like it right now.

Congratiolaons on the new beautiful life you’re about to start living. You’re strong and you got this!

by Genesis Gutierrez

Genesis is an accomplished entrepreneur, advocate, and coach who has dedicated her career to empowering women around the world. As the CEO of Harness Magazine, a digital media company, she has grown a platform that celebrates and amplifies the voices of women from all walks of life.

A first-generation college graduate with a degree from UCLA and growing up undocumented, Genesis brings a unique perspective and a deep understanding of the challenges that women face in today's world. Her work as a coach has helped countless women find the courage and confidence to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals.

Driven by a passion for social justice and a commitment to building a more equitable and inclusive society, Genesis has become a respected voice in the women's empowerment movement.

Through her work with Harness Magazine and as a coach, Genesis continues to inspire and empower women to take control of their lives and create a brighter, more hopeful future for themselves and for generations to come.

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