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Things to say in a get well card

Updated July 20, 2017

Stuck for ideas when it comes to writing messages in get well cards? Sometimes you can find the perfect get well card in the store. Other times, it’s important to write the message yourself. Even if the card contains a wonderful sentiment, you may want to include a personal comment for the recipient.

Severity

The severity of an illness may help you determine the type of comments that may be appropriate. If the person is facing death, show him or her respect and use your comment as an opportunity to express how much you care. Often, the best approach is a simple sentiment such as, “My thoughts are with you. Please know you can call on me at any time.”

Beliefs

The beliefs of the person to whom you’re writing may influence the comments you make. You should not use the get well card as an opportunity to push your beliefs on others. If, however, the person shares your beliefs, mentioning religion in your comment can be comforting. For instance, you can add a note that says, “I know God’s love is with you as you heal.”

Relationship

Your relationship with the person may help determine what type of message is appropriate. If this is someone close to you, your note can be personal and encouraging. If this is an acquaintance, still offer encouragement that’s suitable to the severity of the person's illness. A quick note, such as “I hope you feel better soon,” lets the person know you’re sending good wishes.

Preferences

Considered the recipient's preferences when you’re writing a get well message. Does this person love to laugh? If his or her illness is not too severe, a humorous remark can help lighten the mood. For instance, a friend sick with a cold can be teased with remarks such as, “Now I finally have a good excuse to avoid you.” When it comes to humour, have a couple of people review your comment before sending the card to the patient. Make sure the comment is funny, not hurtful.

Age

The age of the recipient may help you decide what type of message will have the greatest impact. With young patients, often a cute drawing or smiley face will let the person know you care. For children who can read, look for a card featuring a favourite cartoon character. For a teen, select a card that features bright colours and a positive, upbeat message.

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About the Author

Liz Jarrett has been a professional writer since 1982, when she began her career as a technical writer working for companies such as IBM and Harris Computer. She also taught composition at the high school and college levels. Her work has appeared in magazines such as "Writer's Digest" and "Woman's World." She has a Master of Arts in English from the University of Florida.