Get Well Soon Messages to Write in a Card

Updated on May 16, 2016
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Blake started out scribbling in cards over 30 years ago. Though his handwriting is mostly unchanged, the content has improved.

Finding the right message for a sick friend or loved one can be challenging. Use the ideas in this article to get your message started!
Finding the right message for a sick friend or loved one can be challenging. Use the ideas in this article to get your message started!

There is power in the thoughts we have and the words we choose. Get well cards have the potential to influence the thoughts of an ill friend and perhaps aid in their recovery.

But figuring out a special get well message for your friend, relative, or other loved one can be challenging. If you are trying to think of something to write in a card, this is the place to get help. Combine or change these words and ideas to make the perfect message.

Get Well Messages

  • If I had a time machine I would use it to go to the future when you will be feeling better.
  • I am sorry you are not feeling well. I hope you have a complete and quick recovery.
  • I just wanted to write you to encourage you to stay strong and to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
  • I am sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Get well soon!
  • I am praying for a quick recovery for you. Get better and make my prayers come true.
  • I know that everyone gets sick sometimes. I just don't like to see someone as nice as you suffer.
  • If I could schedule your recovery, I'd make it happen in the next couple days.
  • Get well soon, so I can come over and bother you.
  • I'm writing you a prescription to get better. Don't forget to take your medicine.
  • 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.
  • If you weren't so likable, then maybe that darn virus would leave you alone. Hoping you become more offensive... at least to the virus.
  • I'm sending you warm regards, and I hope that you will get well soon.
  • I am praying that you have the strength and the peace to get you though your illness.
  • If I told you to 'get well soon,' it wouldn't be soon enough. Get well now!

Here's a to-do list that I want you to make your priority:

1. Get Well!

2. There is nothing else on the list

3. Seriously, just do number 1

Funny Examples

Social interactions and humor help the immune system. Try to write a message that will make the person laugh or at least elicit a smile. Here are some examples:

  • Your illness needs to be arrested. What it is doing to you is unlawful. Drink plenty of fluids and get well-rested. I hope that soon you won't feel so awful.
  • I am sorry you're broken down and out of gas. Get repaired soon, so I can start driving you crazy again!
  • Get well cards are like analogies. They are poor, distorted, oversimplified examples of what we really want to say. Get well soon!
  • Studies indicate that those who receive get well cards have an 80% faster recovery rate, so I want to wish you a happy birthday!
  • You must have forgotten to eat your apple. Now you have to see the doctor.
  • I found the most serious get well card I could find because there's nothing funny about being sick.
  • Mommy, get well soon. I don't want dad to cook anymore. (For mom, if dad is not a good cook.)
  • There are three things that are scientifically proven to cure illnesses: mom's chicken noodle soup, kisses from mom, and a get well card from me.
  • I wanted to give you a poem from the heart, but I couldn't finish it. See if you can finish my get well poem: You aren't feeling good lately. You make me want to cry. If you don't get any better, you're surely gonna ____.
  • I'm sick of you being sick.
  • I've known that you were sick for a very long time, but this isn't the kind of sick I was thinking.

Keep in mind that a little caution should be exercised when using jokes. Although humor can be a great healer, anger isn't.

Idea Generating Word List

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Use this list of words to get your creative juices flowing. Pick a few words and string them together into sentences. You'll have a great get well message before you know it.

Tips for Writing Your Message

  • Stay positive and don't dwell on negatives. Say, "I'm glad your surgery went smoothly" instead of "Sorry you had to lose a toe."
  • Don't say, "Let me know if there's any way I can help." They probably won't ask, so you need to tell them how you want to help, then offer a specific time for that help. For example, "I will be over to your house Saturday to mow the yard, no arguments."
  • If the person is not going to get well, then don't send them a get well card. Send a thinking of you card instead.
  • Don't get too detailed about the illness or injury. Mention it if briefly if you want, but don't dwell on it. Getting into all the juicy details is not helpful.
  • It's never too late to send your get well card, but it is best to send it promptly.
  • Don't use cliches like, "There must be a reason." These phrases have hardly any meaning, seem insincere, and can offend the ill person.
  • Try to treat the person the same way you would if he or she was not ill. Try to keep the relationship the same. If you would get them a funny card for any other occasion, consider doing the same with your get well card.

What to Say When Visiting a Sick Person

When you arrive at the hospital or the home of the sick person, it may be difficult to think of the right words to say. Seeing a person sick can evoke feelings that render you speechless. You may even have discouraging thoughts.

Prepare yourself for these contingencies by preparing things to say. Here are some examples of things that are always o.k. to say, no matter what the situation is:

  • It's good to see you.
  • I'm glad I was able to visit you.
  • I'm sorry you aren't feeling well.
  • I've been thinking a lot about you.
  • I don't know what to say.

Don't say...
Do say...
You don't seem sick
I'm glad you are looking better
I've had it a lot worse than you
I am hoping you get better soon
You're being a baby
Try to get your spirits up
I wish I could do something
What can I do to help?
You are sick because of your sin
I'll be praying for you


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    • tom yam profile image

      Russell Pittock 

      5 years ago from Nakon Sawan Province, Thailand.

      I have a terrible habit of saying the wrong things at the wrong times so i found this hub most useful. The table of things to say and things not to say was very helpful indeed. A simple visit to wish someone well can be a minefield if you're one of those people that have a knack for putting their foot in it. Many thanks.


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