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Five "Get Well Soon" Example Letters

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Writing the Perfect "Get Well Soon" Card

Writing a letter to someone who is ill or injured can be difficult. My advice is to put yourself in their shoes and write with empathy! Try to offer what you can to support the person. This might be your prayers, your help around the house, or just your time entertaining the person.

What to Write

The following are samples of get-well letters that you can use to model your own letters to someone. Find whichever get-well letter is closest to the situation you are writing for. Make sure you add something personal to your letter to make it more meaningful. A dose of humor probably won't hurt much either and might even help raise the person's spirits. If you are a spiritual person, you can offer to pray for the ill person.

The five types of get-well letters/cards covered in this article are:

  1. Letter for someone in the hospital.
  2. Get well card for someone with the flu.
  3. Letter for someone with cancer.
  4. Get well card for someone with a broken bone.
  5. Card for someone who's going in for surgery.

Example Letter for Someone Who Is in the Hospital

Being in the hospital stinks. You can easily become bored. People may visit when it's not a good time, and the food may not be the best. Keep these things in mind when you write your get-well letter and use the following sample.

  • Dear ________,

    I am sorry that you have had to be hospitalized. It’s no fun being in the hospital. I am praying for you to be healed and that the doctors and nurses be guided to give you the best care they can.

    I know that you might not be feeling up to visitors, so I will call before I come to visit. Feel free to call me anytime if you want to talk or let me know that I can come visit you.

    (Your Signature)

Example Get Well Card for Someone With the Flu

It can easily feel like death is around the corner when you are sick with the flu. It's an intense and debilitating illness. Keep that in mind and use the following sample for someone who has the flu.

  • Dear _____,

    When I talked to you on the phone, I could tell by your voice that you are not feeling well. I am sorry that you got the flu, and I know how horrible it feels to be sick like that. I am praying that you recover fully and quickly. Please let me know what I can do to help. I can bring you some soup, walk your dog, or do anything else you need me to do. Let me know how I can help.

    (Your Signature)
Flowers are a Good Idea too. Don't forget that flowers are just about as good as writing a get well letter.

Flowers are a Good Idea too. Don't forget that flowers are just about as good as writing a get well letter.

Sample Letter for Someone With Cancer

Just like when you lose something important, finding out that you or someone you know has cancer can initiate and require grieving. Cancer leads to a loss of health, comfort, and time. Emotions can be intense. Fear, anger, sorrow, or other feelings may be present. Keep that in mind and use the following sample of what to write to someone who has cancer.

  • Dear ______,

    Cancer is one of the scariest words to hear whether it is about you or someone you love. We can only depend on God for strength to face whatever comes next. I am praying for you to heal. I wish you peace as you face uncertainty. You are a very special person to me, and I can’t imagine losing you to cancer.

    I don’t know what you will need, or when you will need it, but I want you to know that I would feel much better if I had some way to help you. If you want me to babysit, clean your house, or go grocery shopping, it doesn’t matter. I just want to help. Until I hear from you about something I can do to help, I will be praying for you.

    (Your Signature)

Sample Get Well Message for Someone With a Broken Bone

A broken bone is a major inconvenience. You may have trouble doing everyday things. Although there could be pain associated with the injury, broken bone pain usually subsides as it heals. Focus on the inconvenience of the broken bone and make a joke to get the person to feel better. Use the following as an example of what to write.

  • Dear _____,

    I’m sorry you broke your arm. Having a broken arm can slow you down from what you normally do. It can be surprising to realize how much you depend on both arms. I hope you are no longer in any pain, but I can imagine you are experiencing a little discomfort from the immobility.

    I would love to come over and help with something that you need help doing. And if you can’t think of anything I can help you do, at least let me know when I can come over and sign your cast.

    (Your Signature)

Sample Best Wishes Card for Someone Who Is Going in for Surgery

Sometimes you might need to write a letter to someone who is going to have surgery. People have surgeries to remove growths, replace joints, remove tonsils, and restore heart blood flow. No matter what the surgery is, it can be scary. A letter like this one could help encourage the person.

  • Dear ______,

    I know that you are having surgery soon. Surgery can be scary no matter what it is. I will be praying that the surgeon's hands are guided to accomplish the precise procedure they need to do. I am looking forward to hearing about your recovery in the coming days and visiting you as you start to feel even better than before your surgery. Let me know how I can help you while you are getting better.

    (Your Signature)

Get Well Card vs. Get Well Letter


Ivelisse Laboy on October 14, 2019:

Beautiful words, God bless you.

Yayati Mohan on September 09, 2018:

It was very helpful thank you very much

Nisha on August 30, 2018:

Sorry but it is not to the point I wanted

Drashya sharma on August 21, 2018:

It was really helpful thank you so much

Shirley Urso-Farmer from Michigan on July 06, 2016:

Thanks for the great hub... useful information for someone like me who can't find the right words at the right moment

Linda Robinson from Cicero, New York on April 04, 2016:

Hello Music Love you covered everything in such great detail, so well done. You have so many excellent suggestions for those who are hurting, and it was so helpful for anyone who has experienced such grief that at this time they are for a lost for words. Wonderful hub for such a touchy and heartbreaking topic. :(

SquatPump on October 27, 2015:

"If the person has no belief in God, then maybe a Get Well letter isn't the priority."

Appreciate the hub - but that above statement is absurd.

Linda Robinson from Cicero, New York on October 06, 2015:

This is an amazing hub music love, at times like this normally you are at a lost for words, so beautifully done. And what a tremendous help and ideas and things that are essential to know. Nice meeting you. I look forward to following you. Hope that you will also consider doing the same for me. Linda

sekou s kande on August 22, 2015:

Thank you all for the good letters. One can pick up one and address it as needed.

say on April 10, 2015:

...and this needs to be embedded in a lengthy, highly personal, compassionate, warm message of humanity, closeness and caring.

stephenraustin on June 09, 2013:

As you say your second paragraph is fine.

A normal 'get well' message often features these kinds of sentiments:

- everyone gets this illness

- I know how you feel

- soon you'll get better / be up and about..

- nothing to worry about

- this bug won't kill you

With cancer none of this applies. I thought about this when a student asked me for a message when she was writing to a colleague with the disease.

Another trap which would be easy to fall into would be to make well-intended but ultimately inept attempts at diagnosis by saying things like 'I'm sure you've only got the harmless type' or 'Hey, I bet it just turns out to be benign.' You can see how badly wrong these might go.

Fact is I do feel that the normal 'get well' message can not really be applied to a person with cancer. The best I could come up with is:


It really is wonderful news to hear that you are making such positive and encouraging progress, and it's inspirational to hear how you are overcoming this. I am proud to know someone who is so brave and positive. I know you will stay strong. I'm thinking of you and you know you can ask me for anything at any time.


...and this needs to be embedded in a lengthy, highly personal, compassionate, warm message of humanity, closeness and caring.

music love (author) from United States on June 08, 2013:

I agree, and I would love to read your suggestions for what to write. I am not sure that there is anything that a person could write that could not be interpreted as offensive. In these special cases that you mentioned, the second paragraph is probably more appropriate and can stand by itself.

If the person has no belief in God, then maybe a Get Well letter isn't the priority.

stephenraustin on June 06, 2013:

The message for someone with cancer, though no doubt well-meant, would be offensive for someone who is not religious. The opening sentence 'Cancer is one of the scariest words to hear whether it is about you or someone you love' would be pretty upsetting, insensitive and gratuitous for the patient. So would 'I can't imagine losing you to cancer.' The sentiment is more suitable for a teen love letter. I believe this message would be counter productive for a number of people.

Neil on August 15, 2012:

this letter can strenghtens the receiver and make him glad even he/she have an illness :)

TroyM on January 19, 2012:

Great examples. Very useful hub!