Get Well Wishes and Words of Encouragement
What to Say When Someone is Sick
Here are ideas beyond "Get Well Soon" to use in signing a card, sending an email, or sending flowers to someone who is ill. A few words can make a big difference in someone's day, and sometimes when we need the right words, they seem to escape us. If you are searching to express your care and concern, look at the sentiments below and find something that captures your thoughts. I think you'll find that taking the time to show a kindness will do you as much good as you do for someone else!
How to Personalize Someone Else's Words
We can't all put our feelings into words like Shakespeare or Browning. I think quotations often give us those "ah ha" moments of "Yes, that's just what I want to say." When a quote captures your message, use it and add a personal touch. I love to do this by making cards. If you're limited by time or crafting ability, buy a pretty box of blank cards and print a quote typed on your computer. Cut it out and insert it inside the card with double-sided tape.
Going to that little bit of extra effort means so much. I think you'll find it also saves you time and money as opposed to making a trip to the store each time you need a card for a different occasion.
Famous Quotes for Difficult Times
Many of these are suitable for illness or injury. They can also be used in other difficult circumstances such as loss of a job or house.
- "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- "When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly." – Richard Bach
- "The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears." – John Vance Cheney
- "If the future seems overwhelming, remember that it comes one moment at a time." – Beth Mende Conny
- "Mishaps are like knives that either serve us or cut us as we grasp them by the blade or the handle." ~James Russell Lowell
- "When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." – Franklin D. Roosevelt
- "I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready, you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!" – Dr. Seuss
- "Sleep, riches, and health, to be truly enjoyed, must be interrupted." – Johann Paul Friedrich Richter
- "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength." – Corrie Ten Boom
Verses for Cards
The Best Doctors
The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing.
Your mind they'll ease
Your will they'll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
– Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields
Hope your burdens are feeling lighter,
And each day is a little bit brighter.
With warm wishes
This just comes to say,
That I hope you're feeling better
with each and every day.
Comfy jammies, cozy bed,
big soft pillow for your head.
Worry not, the world can wait
take your time and recuperate.
This little poem is appropriate for a card with a flower embellishment or with a gift of flowers.
Here's a little bloom
to brighten your room,
And a little card to say
God bless you today!
Beauty Grows in Adversity
Earth's fairest flowers grow not on sunny plain,
But where some vast upheaval rent in twain
The smiling land.
After the whirlwinds' devastating blast,
After the molten fire and ashen pall,
God's still, small voice breathes healing over all.
From riven rocks and fern-clad chasms deep,
Flow living waters as from hearts that weep,
There in the afterglow soft dews distill,
And angels tend God's plants when night falls still,
And the Beloved passing by that way
Will gather lilies at the break of day.
"When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit–
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
Saying, "I'm Here for You"
Simple and Sincere
May each day bring you renewed strength and brighter times.
Just thought you could use a little extra sunshine today.
As you rest and heal, know that you are thought of warmly and wished a quick recovery.
Hope you perk up soon!
Someone remembers, someone cares;
Your name is whispered in someone's prayers.
Until the sun comes out again for you,
my umbrella is big enough for two.
"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you,
I would walk forever in my garden"
Thinking of You
I think about you constantly,
whether it's with my mind or my heart.
Sometimes we just need to know that people care.
If this is one of those times,
I'm one of those people!
I don't doubt that you can get through it alone,
but why should you have to?
I'm here for you just as you've always been there for me.
If knowing that someone cares helps the healing process,
then you should be feeling better already.
Religious Wishes and Blessings
Get Well Psalms and Bible Verses
"He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." Psalm 91:4
"I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears." Psalm 34:4
"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
"The Lord bless you and keep you" Numbers 6:24
"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7
"A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones." Proverbs 15:30
“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
"Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory." Romans 8:17
"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
"God will not permit any troubles to come upon us unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty." – Peter Marshall
"Don't tell God how big your problems are... tell your problems how big your God is." – Anonymous
God is With You
Whether good day or bad,
happy or sad,
It never hurts to say,
God is with you today.
A Safe Landing
God has not promised you smooth sailing,
but He has promised you a safe landing.
Believing, trusting, waiting, hoping...praying for you.
An Irish Blessing
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.