What to Write in a Get Well Card

a get well card for a friend

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Do you need to write a get well card but don't know how to put your thoughts into words? When someone you know is sick or injured, it is nice to provide some comfort and let the person know you're thinking of him. However, many people are at a loss for the best wording to put in a get well card.

When someone you care about is in the hospital or at home sick in bed, it's always a good idea to send a get well message. You'll want to keep the message upbeat but real, and it's fine to keep the message brief. 

It's your choice of whether to purchase a card with a pre-printed verse or a blank one that gives you more room to write your note. The main thing is to let the person know you're thinking of him. Even if the card already has a message, you should personalize it and add some of your own thoughts.

What to Consider

Before you start writing the get well card, think about your relationship with the person and how well you know him or her. Here are some specifics on the tone you should use:

  • Close relative: If the person is in your immediate family, you probably know what to write. It is okay to make it as personal as you like with a parent, child, or sibling.
  • Relative who doesn't live with you: The tone should be intimate and ​friendly, unless this is a relative you rarely see. In that case, all you need to say is that you are hoping for a speedy recovery and maybe an offer to help with something that he or she is unable to do.
  • Friend: When you have a good friend who is sick or injured, jot a couple of sentences that you know she'll appreciate. If you know the person well and have no doubt that she enjoys humor and jokes, by all means include them. If you're not sure, be cautious with humor and stick to a more heartfelt message. 
  • Coworker: Let the person know that you miss her at the office, and you look forward to seeing her when she is feeling better. This can be from you as an individual or from a group of coworkers.
  • Boss: Offer a friendly greeting, a wish for a full recovery, and a kind word about how everyone in the office misses her. Don't get too wordy with the boss. A simple note letting her know you're thinking of her is perfect. You might also mention that everyone is doing a good job of making sure everything at the office is running smoothly during her absence.


Here are some suggestions of comments you can add to a get well card:

Dear George,
I'm sorry to hear about your broken leg from falling off a ladder. Take care of yourself and let me know if there is anything I can do.
Your friend,


Dear Ruth,
I am so sorry that you haven't been feeling well. All the people in the church group are praying for a quick and full recovery for you. Give any of us a call if you'd like someone to stop by.
Love and prayers,


Dear Blake,
The whole soccer team misses you on the field. What will we do without your powerful kicks, locker room cheer, and after-game antics? We're pulling for you to get back on your feet quickly.
Your teammates,
The Kickers


Dear Martha,
Being sick is no fun, and I know how much you like to have a good time. Give me a call and let me know if there is anything I can do to help speed things up on your recovery or if you just want to talk.
Your laughing buddy,


Dear Ben,
I'm happy to hear that your surgery went well. Now we're looking forward to seeing you back in the office. Things haven't been the same without you.
Your cubicle neighbor,


Dear Frank,
I wasn't surprised to hear that you made it through your surgery with flying colors. You never do anything halfway. Now finish recovering so I can challenge you to another round of golf.
See you on the golf course soon,


Dear Mary,
We're sorry you haven't been feeling well and we miss you at the office. Make sure you eat all your chicken soup, drink all your orange juice, and get the rest you need so you can get better soon. It'll be great to see your smiling face again. We hope you enjoy the crossword puzzle.
Take care,
Sheila, Sam, and Jeffrey

Importance of a Thoughtful Message

You may be surprised by how much your thoughtful get well message means to the person. Your note is likely to make her feel better and make her day a little brighter.