How to write a get well soon card

Updated April 17, 2017

A card warms the soul and touches the heart, especially during a difficult time. A card is a sweet gesture that lets a family member, friend, client, neighbour or colleague know that you care. It shows that you are concerned that they are suffering and that you are thinking of them. Sometimes, it can be hard to find the right words. A get well card should be brief, simple and cheerful. Here are some tips that can help you write a great message.

Consider the degree of seriousness of the injury, illness or accident. Determine what kind of card would be appropriate for the emotions and mindset of the recipient. If she has a terminal illness, send a "Thinking of You" card rather than a get well card. A get well card may seem insensitive to her.

Write the recipient's name on the inside of the card at the top. You can also use a nickname of a loved one if you have a close relationship. Be formal and use Mr. or Mrs. if the person is not a close friend.

Write that you are sorry that they are feeling ill, hurt or unwell. Use a generic message and don't go into the specifics of the situation. Don't dwell on the injury, accident or illness. Avoid mentioning other people who have the same injury or illness. Try to be as cheerful and pleasant as you can. Express your concern for their well-being. Use "Get well soon," "Hope you feel better soon" or "Wishing you a speedy recovery" in this part of the card.

Express warm wishes and thoughts to the recipient. Use messages of encouragement because they can help the patient think positively. If appropriate, offer a prayer. Thank him for his friendship and support. In this part of the card, you can write that you would like to visit or call if he feels up to it, but state that you understand if it's not possible.

Choose a funny get well message if the recipient is suffering from a minor health issue or a minor injury. It will make her smile, brighten her day and promote healing. Think of some jokes or quotes that you can tell the patient if you will be visiting her.

Plan your words carefully if you are sending it to a seriously ill recipient. The focal point should be happy or funny memories that you treasure with the person. Avoid saying "I know how you feel," because you don't.

Write a personal but generic message to a co-worker. You can write a saying such as "We miss you at the office," or "We need you at work. Come back soon." Try "The place isn't the same without you" or "Looking forward to your return" as well.

Offer a helping hand to ease the recipient's responsibility. Be specific in this statement, such as helping to water plants, cooking, picking up the mail, babysitting or taking care of a pet. Remember that most people are uncomfortable asking for help, so this offer is often greatly appreciated.

Offer hope that healing will begin soon and that you hope that he will start to feel better soon in the final sentence.

Close the card with the proper phrase such as "Your friend," "Sincerely," "Love" or "Yours truly," depending on the relationship that you have with the recipient.

Include an inspirational article clipping, bookmark, encouragement card or a prayer card. Send balloons, a small stuffed animal, or a colouring book to cheer up a sick child. Send flowers, books, or magazines to an adult along with your card. It's these small gestures of kindness that can mean a lot to the recipient.


Send get well cards to someone outside your immediate circle of friends. Encourage friends and family to do the same. Perhaps someone in your community could use a card to cheer him up.


Be extra careful when choosing what to write in a terminally ill person's card.

Things You'll Need

  • Card
  • Pen
  • Inspirational article clipping
  • Prayer card
  • Bookmark
  • Balloons
  • Stuffed animal
  • Colouring book
  • Flowers
  • Book
  • Magazine
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