Times of sickness can be harrowing. Both the patient and the family can experience great stress in these times. Often, an ill person will feel isolated by their illness but kind gestures, such as sending a get well card, can help immensely. Small gestures, at a time of stress, may be more cherished than the writer knows. It can be difficult for a person recovering from an illness or their family to articulate their gratitude. However, a small gesture in kind to thank the sender of the card shows good manners and etiquette.
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Write a short note or card to show your appreciation. A note is perfectly acceptable if your budget is tight or if you do not wish to make a grand gesture. The note or the message in the card should be short and to the point. However, if you wish to personalise it, you can make it longer.
Address the person by name at the top of the note or card. The message should be written in the manner of a letter and should always with begin with the word "Dear," followed by the person's name. Express your gratitude in the first sentence of the text--"thank you for the get well card" or "thank you for your kind wishes" will work well.
Explain why you are thanking the person and what personal significance the card had. For example, you might write, "Your card was very comforting in a difficult time." Follow this by expressing your desire to speak with the person in the future. This is especially apt if you have been forced to neglect loved ones because of the illness.
Repeat your thanks again to finish the note. This emphasises the point of the note and, if done succinctly, will not seem like overkill. Keep this second thank you short--simply write, "Thanks again for the card."
Sign of with a personal ending, rather than one you would use in a letter. "Love from," "Best wishes from," or "Yours" will achieve this aim.
Tips and warnings
- Do not feel under obligation to send thank you notes if the illness makes it difficult to do so. Concentrate on the recuperation of the ill person instead. Friends and family will understand if you are tardy in sending a thank you note.
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