I think the rule of thumb when deciding to send a Get Well Card or Thinking of You Card is the level of illness of the recipient. So, if the patient is sure to recover I would send a Get Well Card followed up with a Thinking of You card later. If the patient is terminal, sending a Get Well Card is thoughtless and cruel so I would send a Thinking of You Card.
Let’s say you don’t know the degree of the patient’s condition but you want to send a card to let them know you care and you want to boost their spirits. Sending a Thinking of You Card or a Get Well Cards with subtle message like “Wishing you the Best” are options. Also, if the card has a preprinted greeting-read it!-if the sentiment offers prayers during a difficult time and the patient has a broken finger, may be overkill.
It is difficult to know the right words to write in a Get Well or Thinking of You card, here are some suggestions:
- I am so sorry to hear you’ve been ill.
- I’m wishing you the very best during your recovery
- I hope you’re doing well and are on the road to recovery.
- And my favorite, You are in my thoughts/prayers.
What not to do is also important as:
- Don’t compare illnesses – not a great idea
- Do not tell stories you heard about the hospital, doctor or your Aunt Jane who had sort of the same thing…
Showing someone compassion is a virtue which should be admired.