Knowing what to write in a get well card can sometimes be challenging. None of us are immune to the uneasiness that comes with trying to choose the right words to say. I admit that I have felt this way at different times myself. The good news, however, is that I have learned a few tips and ideas that help me overcome this challenge. And those are the things I would be sharing with you in this post. So let’s dive in. Shall we?
What to Write in a Get Well Card
Generally, choosing what to say would depend on several things:
- Who the recipient is and the nature of your relationship with them.
- The nature of the illness. Is it a simple injury or are they chronically ill or terminally ill?
- How much physical assistance you can offer in helping them accomplish some tasks that they are no longer able to do because of their illness.
By thinking through these things, you can better decide which of these messages would best comfort and encourage the recipient. Whatever you say, remember to bring some joy and positivity to your card. So here are a couple of ideas:
1. Don’t be afraid to keep it simple
When in doubt as to what to say, keep it simple. Here are some get-well soon greetings that keep it simple:
- I wish you a speedy recovery
- Get well soon.
- So sorry to hear that you took ill. I hope you start feeling better soon.
- I can’t wait to see you back on your feet.
- Wishing you well.
- I hope today brings you closer to full recovery.
- You are in my thoughts and prayer. Please bounce back soon
2. Let them know that they are missed and you have them in your thoughts
Whenever a friend or loved one is out of action because they are sick or injured, letting them know that their presence made a difference and now that they are away, their absence is being felt can provide an extra boost at an otherwise difficult time. It can be the fuel they need to get back into the thick of things as soon as possible.
Never forget the power of a simple “I love you and I’m thinking about you.” Here are a couple more ideas:
- We’ve missed you at all our training sessions. Camp is not the same without your happy-go-lucky spirit. We can hardly wait to have you back.
- Everyone suffers when people like you fall sick. You are dearly missed. Get well quick!
- The world misses your positivity and energy. Please come back stronger.
- You would not believe that I haven’t been to the gym since you fell sick. If you don’t want me putting on all those pounds again, then get well soon! I miss my gym buddy. When are you coming back?
- If I got a dollar for every moment, I’ve thought about you since you took ill, I’ll be a millionaire now. Please get well soon.
- There’s hardly a day that goes by where you are not in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for a quick and full recovery for you.
- Praying for a successful [surgery] and hoping that you make a quick recovery.
3. What to write in a get well card: Offer to help
Whenever we fall ill, we are unable to do some or many of the things that we would usually do for ourselves. The feeling of helplessness that comes with being sick can sometimes be more devastating than the illness itself. So, offering to help the sick person with some of the things they are unable to do would go a long way to alleviate their suffering
The funny thing is that sometimes, offering to help might not even take us out of your way. It can be as simple as offering to help pick up some groceries while you are at the store.
Granted, you might sometimes need to stretch out of your comfort zone. But most times, with a little more thinking, you can come up with a lot of ways that you can offer valuable help.
Whenever you are offering to help, be as specific as possible. It just lets the other person know that you are not merely being courteous, but rather serious about the offer. Here are a couple of ideas:
- Cody must miss going out for his usual walk in the evening. Do you mind me coming to take him out tomorrow evening?
- I’m brining dinner in on Saturday. Would you like Steak or Jerk chicken?
- I would be going to the grocery store this afternoon. What would you like me to get for you?
- My kids would really love to have their friends over for the weekend. Do you think your kids would be interested?
- When is your prescription due for pick up? I would like to grab that when it’s time.
- I am off work the whole of next week so I can drive you to and from your dialysis appointment. What time would you like me to pick you up?
4. A little bit of humor
Don’t forget that a bit of humor can be beneficial in lifting the spirits of your recipient especially when the illness is of a minor nature. A word of caution however: it’s probably best to only attempt this with people who know you well to be familiar with and appreciate your sense of humor.
Either share inside jokes that they’re already familiar with or borrow some of the ideas in this post to inject humor into your greetings:
- Just for the records, your sick leave is over. So, get back to work or you don’t get paid anymore.
- I hope you feel better soon so I don’t have to visit the hospital.
- You better get better. I’m sick of you being sick
- “A bad cold wouldn’t be so annoying if it weren’t for the advice of our friends.” – Kin Hubbard
- “I was starting to think that you were invincible. It’s good to know that you are human after all. I’m looking forward to you getting back to your invincible self. Get well soon, superman!” – Blake Flannery
5. Inspiring messages to write in a get well card
Providing inspiration and a healthy dose of positivity can be very helpful at times like this. Please don’t confuse this with empty affirmations like “you will be fine” that has no basis, does not consider the specifics of what the other person is going through, or how they are coping and yet merely attempts to offer false hope.
Rather, it is anchored in what you know to be true about the recipient. And so you are making a deliberate effort to remind the sick person that although the struggle is real, they are not their illness. There is a warrior inside of them and you simply want them to be aware, in the hope that they can draw strength from within.
Here are a couple ideas on what to write in your card:
- I admire your resilience during this difficult time. You’ve always been a source of inspiration and I wish you a speedy recovery.
- Observing your positive attitude even in this challenging time has been an inspiration. You are simply amazing!
- Someone as great as you can’t be kept down long. Your cheerful attitude will speed your recovery and I feel confident you would be back up in no time.
- Every time I have seen you in the last few weeks, you have shown signs of improvement each time over the last. I’m sure you are almost over this. So keep hanging in there.
- “Wishing that each day brings your renewed strength, brighter times, and a healthier, happier you. Get well soon.” – Jahanzab Waheed
6. For friends and family members
When writing a get well card to people you consider as close friends and family, using more intimate greetings like these would go a long way to brighten their cloudy day:
We’ve grown to appreciate your presence even more now that you’ve been away because of this illness. We certainly can’t wait to have you back. Please get well soonest.”
- You’ve rested enough. Hurry up and get well soon.
- I miss you. Please get well and hurry back to us.
- I hope this isn’t one of your usual pranks to get away from household chores. Lol. I miss you. Get well soon!
- May each passing day bring you closer to full recovery.
- I feel so jealous that the nurses and doctors got you all to themselves. Please get well soon so you can come back home.
- Either you get well and get discharged or I’ll get sick and get admitted. You choose! Lol
7. What to write in a get well card to a sick child
Even more than adults, sick children need all the love, encouragement, and positivity you can offer.
- It’s gotten really quiet in [class] because you are sick. Please get well soon and make some noise.
- “The world needs its superhero, so recover quickly and save the world once more!”
- Your mom tells me you’ve got the best doctors and nurses working with you. I’m sure you would be back to normal in no time.
- I heard that this sickness only comes to the best kids. Congrats on being one of the best kids. I hope you get well soon. Love you, Cameron!
- I’m so sorry you are going through this pain. But you’re so brave, I can see you beating this in no time.
8. For a co-worker/boss
Here are a couple of other ideas that’ll help you with what to write in a card that you’re sending to a sick colleague, team lead or boss at work:
- Office ain’t the same without you. Hurry up and get back to work quickly. We miss you!”
- I hear you are recovering well and would be back in the office pretty soon. As soon as you’re back, you’ll wish your recovery wasn’t so quick. Lol. Get well soon!
- I’ve always known that it’d take something really special to get you to take a break from work. Even though I’m sad you are sick, I’m so happy you are finally getting some rest.
- I’m guessing this is nature’s way of asking you to slow down. Haha! Enjoy your rest and we wish you a speedy recovery. Take care of yourself.
- Don’t worry too much about anyone messing with any of your work while you’re away. We would ensure that it’s all intact waiting for you when you return. Lol
- I wish you a speedy recovery, so you’re back up and running very soon!
A quick tip: Consider getting your other colleagues to sign the card for the sick colleague or boss.
9. What to write in a card for serious injury/chronic illness
For someone who is suffering from a serious injury/illness, here is some really great advice written by Lisa Copen that I found via Huffington Post. She explains why chronically ill people don’t like receiving get-well cards:
“When I get ‘get well’ cards, it makes me feel like the person doesn’t understand my chronic pain.” “Get well cards irritate me at times because they imply that is gonna happen, when with an invisible illness, this isn’t realistic”
So when you are writing to someone who is chronically ill, try to provide encouragement, help them focus on the moment, and talk about the things you can help them with to make each waking day a bit easier for them. A “thinking of you” or all-occasion greeting card like this one would be well suited for times like this.
- “I am still here and I am thinking of you.”
I personally find inspiring quotes really helpful at times like these. Here are a couple of them:
- “Sometimes you will be in control of your illness and other times you’ll sink into despair, and that’s OK! Freak out, forgive yourself, and try again tomorrow.” – Kelly Hemingway
- “When the unthinkable happens, the lighthouse is hope. Once we choose hope, everything is possible.” – Christopher Reeve
- “You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that, my love, is bravery.” – Unknown
- “Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it’s about collecting the scars to prove that we showed up for it.” – Hannah Brencher
- “Nothing is more beautiful than a real smile that has struggled through tears.” – Unknown
- “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher
- “The strongest people I’ve met have not been given an easier life. They’ve learned to create strength and happiness from dark places.” – Kristen Butler
- “Hope doesn’t require a massive chain where heavy links of logic hold it together. A thin wire will do…just strong enough to get us through the night until the winds die down.” – Charles R. Swindoll
- “Live to inspire, and one day people will say, because of you, I didn’t give up” – Unknown
- “I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” – Og Mandino
10. What to write in a card for terminal illness
After spending 15 years researching the best ways to support people whose lives end in hospice, professor Elizabeth Bergman has this advice for anyone who wants to send a last message to someone who is terminally ill: “Mail cards but choose them carefully. Please don’t send a ‘get well’ card”
Realize that at times like this, your job isn’t to make the pain go away even though you honestly wish you can. Sometimes, it’s simply to be the only positive thing when all they can see is negativity.
- You’re not alone in this. I am with you every step of the way.
- You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for strength for today.
- I hope this makes you smile and reminds you that you are deeply loved and appreciated.
- I have always appreciated every moment I had to spend with you, but I cherish them much more, now, more than ever.
- [Kayla] asked me when grandpa would be leaving the hospital. I said, “I don’t know.” There are so many things I don’t know right now. But one thing I know is that we all love you and miss you dearly.
If the recipient is in the last days of their life, letting them know that they had mattered and you were touched by their life can go a long way in providing the only ray of light they see in the midst of the many dark days they have been experiencing.
So share from your experience with them and how they were a blessing to you. Here are a few prompts to help you:
- I would never forget you because…
- You showed me the value of…
- Because of you…
- You taught me to appreciate…
- Because of your great example, I…
A bonus tip: A thinking of you card like this one would be well suited for times like this.
11. What to write in closing your card greetings
- Lots of love
- Wishing you health
- Take care
- Feel better
- You are loved
- With love and concern
- Hugs & Love
- Stay strong
- Best wishes
- With hope, love, and prayers
- Best thoughts!
- Come back soon!
- My thoughts are with you!
P.S. Sometimes, what the sick person needs might just be your listening ears. So while this entire article has been about what to say, don’t neglect the power of offering a listening ear just in case they need an outlet.
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