I will probably say it again: pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. The conversations will be more uncomfortable in the growth scenario where you are letting go of people because of your own performance.
For example, if you are executing badly as a founder or the individual is executing badly as an employee, then those are the uncomfortable conversations. Today, it is a survival of the company and it is uncomfortable, but I don’t know any way to make it easy. The only way is to be truthful, be honest, and explain the situation.