175 'Get Well Soon' Wishes to Send in a Card, Email or Note

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When people get sick, it’s not always possible to find the right get well wishes. You want to be positive, but you don’t want to sound ingenuine. You want them to know you’re there for them, but you still want to respect boundaries at the same time. How do you create the right tone with your sympathy messages?

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Before you fill the blank space of your greeting card, consider your relationship, the person’s condition, as well as your intentions. Writing a few thoughtful words shows someone in your life that you’re thinking of them in their time of need. The more personalization and warmth you add to your message, the better.

To get you started, here are some wishes to send in a card, email, or note. 

‘Get Well’ Wishes for Someone With Cancer or Another Serious Illness

Example of a "get well" wish for someone with a serious illness over an image of flowers

While you might know how to handle a ‘get well’ card for someone who’s getting over the flu, some situations are more complicated. Writing a card for someone with terminal cancer or trying to think of a positive message for a cancer patient is a real challenge. 

There’s often a fine line you need to walk between overstepping and staying positive. Use these words below when writing a note or card to someone with cancer or another serious illness. 

1. Thank you for trusting me with the news of your diagnosis. I am here for you. 

2. I can’t imagine how you are coping with this news. Personally, I am at a loss for words. Know always that I am thinking of you. 

3. You are still the same amazing person you’ve always been. You mean so much to me, and this changes nothing. 

4. I’m here for you if you need me. Please don’t hesitate to reach out anytime for anything. 

5. Your strength inspires me. I know you are stronger than anything, and your light.

6. I’ve always been in awe of your passion and strength. I am so grateful to have you in my life. Stay strong, friend.

7. Your positive attitude inspires me to be better. Know I’ll be with you during this time.

8. Know I’m always your ally in your fight against cancer. 

9. No matter what happens, you’ll always mean so much to me. Don’t ever forget how much you are loved.

10. I’m so sorry you’re facing this diagnosis. Every day, you show so much strength. The world is a better place because you’re in it.

11. Wishing you the absolute best. Let me know if there’s anything you need.

12. I know this is hard. If you ever want to talk about it, I’m here for you.

Gift tip: Send a comforting gift, like this warm fleece blanket or a cozy fleece sweatshirt to keep them warm during treatment or in the hospital.

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‘Get Well’ Wishes for a Surgery

Surgery is a scary thing for anyone. Wishing someone well before a big medical procedure lets them know that you’re thinking of them and that you’re rooting for their speedy recovery. 

Here’s what to say before or after surgery. 

13. Best of luck with your upcoming surgery. May you recover quickly and enjoy good health for years and years to come. 

14. I hope your recovery is short and sweet. Let me know if you need anything at all. 

15. Sending you the warmest of wishes before your surgery. I’m thinking of you. 

16. Happy to hear your surgery is over and done with! You have all of my support through your recovery. 

17. You’re so brave, and I’m so proud of your positivity during this challenge. You’ve got this! 

18. I’ll feel better when you do! So get well soon, friend!

19. Way to show [illness/injury] who’s boss! Glad to hear your surgery went well.

20. I know your recovery won’t be easy, but I’ll be here with you every step of the way. 

21. I hope you’re ready to see more of me because I won't leave your side as you recover from your surgery. 

22. After your surgery, I’m so thankful to hear you’re doing well. I knew you’d have a speedy recovery! You’re the strongest person I know.

23. Every day that passes means you’re one step closer to a healthier you. You’ve got this.

24. If there’s anyone strong enough to handle this, it’s you. Wishing you all the best during your time of healing.

You can read our guide to "get well" wishes for surgery for more inspiration.

Gift tip: If you're feeling extra generous, your friend will appreciate a get well gift box with soup and comforting food and a get well card.

Inspirational ‘Get Well’ Wishes

There’s a common misconception that ‘get well’ wishes are depressing in sad. In reality, the purpose of these wishes is to inspire the reader and let them know how special they are. These inspirational ‘get well’ wishes do just that and more.

25. Here’s to your health—getting stronger each and every day! 

26. You’re a light and a joy, and you mean so much to me. Feel better soon! 

27. Your strength is an inspiration to us all. I hope to be as brave as you when I face life’s challenges. 

28. Remember to take each day one at a time. You’ll be healthy and smiling again sooner than you know it! 

29. You’re one tough cookie! You’ll kick your recovery out of the park!

30. A good laugh and a good night’s sleep can sometimes be the best cure. Feel better soon!

31. Sending a bit of sunshine to warm your day. I’m always here for you, friend.

32. May happy, healing thoughts guide you through this difficult time. 

33. You’re always in my thoughts, especially right now. Know we’re all rooting for you.

34. Give yourself the time you need to heal. You’re surrounded by so much love.

35. Your illness isn’t half as strong as you are. I know you’ll make a full recovery sooner rather than later.

36. Hope is the most effective medicine. Be hopeful that you’ll feel better in no time. 

Gift tip: Send an inspirational book along with your note. We recommend The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein or The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri.

‘Get Well’ Wishes for a Close Friend

Example of a "get well" wish for a close friend over an image of succulents and plants

When those closest to us get sick, we don’t always know what to say. As a friend, people look to you for cheering up and support. Be that warmth and kindness for your own friend to help them get better quickly. 

37. Get well soon! I’ve missed having my buddy around. 

38. The hospital might not be the spa, but I still hope you have a pleasant, peaceful stay. Get well soon, friend. 

39. You’re in my thoughts and prayers during your recovery. Let me know if there’s anything you need!

40. I’m sending my hugs and all my love! I hope you feel better. 

41. Hang in there, friend. Better days are just around the corner. 

42. Tomorrow is always a brand new day, friend. Feel better soon, friend.

43. I hope you feel my support around you like a warm blanket. I’m always your biggest cheerleader.

44. This might be tough, but I know you’re tougher, friend! You’ve always been there for me. Now it’s my turn to be there for you.

45. I’ve never thanked you for all you’ve done for me. Today, I hope to repay that by staying close to your side no matter what. 

46. Good cheer and amazing friends are the best of healers. 

47. Feel better soon, friend! I’m getting lonely without you.

48. So many people want to see you healthy and happy. I’m at the top of that list. Get well soon, friend.

Gift tip: Give your friend the gift of your company! If they aren't contagious, bring over a nice meal, snack, or just you and talk to them. Can't see them in person? Try scheduling a video chat and do an activity together, like make dinner or play a digital game.

‘Get Well’ Wishes for a Family Member

Family members are with us through everything, so now it’s time to offer your own support. Be there for your family in a time of need by keeping them in your thoughts with a card, note, or email. 

49. I hope you’ll be feeling better soon so you can get back to everything you love. 

50. Home isn’t the same without you. Hurry home soon!

51. Every progress is good progress. All of our love from home is heading your way. 

52. Now’s the time to rest while you can! We’ll be here for anything you need. 

53. You’re not alone during this hard time. The whole family is here with you. 

54. Praying for you to have a speedy, easy recovery.

55. The whole family is anxiously waiting to see you again. Get well soon!

56. We’re looking forward to having you back at family dinner. It’s not the same without you.

57. Take it easy and get plenty of rest. The family will be here for you no matter what. 

58. The whole family misses seeing your smiling face around. We can’t wait for you to be with us again soon. Feel better!

59. You’re so strong, and the whole family admires your passion. 

60. Sending so many hugs and kisses from the fam your way! 

61. We all wish we could be there with you as a family. Know that we’re always with you in spirit!

Gift tip: Try sending your family member a big snack box with their favorite treats. If they aren't able to eat snacks, gift them a streaming subscription, like Amazon Prime Video.

‘Get Well’ Wishes for a Child

Children are stronger than they often get credit for. With children more likely to get sick or injured than adults, knowing how to wish a child a speedy recovery is an important way to spread positivity. Deliver a message for a special child in a way they understand. 

62. Being sick is no fun. Make sure you take all of your medicine so you feel better soon. 

63. I’m sending this card with a special ray of sunshine. I hope you get well soon!

64. Hugs and kisses to you, kiddo. I hope you feel better!

65. Even superheroes need some rest sometimes. Rest well so you get back to your best shape. 

66. All the ice cream in the world is waiting for you at home after your recovery. See you soon!

67. Hang in there, kiddo! We all love you so much. 

68. Hope you feel brighter and better soon. 

69. You’re seriously one tough cookie, kid!

70. We’re so proud of your strength, little one. Though this is difficult, we know you can do it.

71. Always remember that so many people love you and want you to feel better quickly. Get well soon!

72. Every day brings you closer to recovery. Just take it each day at a time, and get some rest in the meantime. 

73. We’re all so excited to spoil you when you feel better—so get well soon!

Gift tip: A sick kid will love an activity to keep them distracted. We recommend a DIY slime kit or a huge box of Legos to keep them occupied.

‘Get Well' Wishes for a Coworker

Example of a "get well" wish for a coworker over an image of flowers

When a coworker gets ill, you want to find a way to wish them well. Letting this person know that the office is thinking of them lifts their spirits and lets them know their presence is valued.

Whether you’re sending a message to a boss or coworker, try these words of encouragement. 

74. The office doesn’t feel the same without you. Hope you feel better soon!

75. We’ve missed having you around. We can’t wait for you to return so we can throw you a ‘welcome back’ party!

76. Get well soon—who else will get anything done around here?

77. We want you to know we’re all thinking of you. You’re a part of this team’s family, and we’re here for you. 

78. We look forward to seeing your colorful personality back in the office soon. Best wishes for your recovery! 

79. Work isn’t the same without you. Hope to see you at the office soon!

80. The office really is our home away from home, but it’s not the same without you. I hope you’re back in your office soon.

81. The entire team (even the mail delivery guy) is sending you kind wishes for a speedy recovery. Get well soon.

82. Lunchtime chats just aren’t the same without you here. Feel better. 

83. You’re in our thoughts as you recover from your accident. We’re all rooting for you.

84. Don’t stress about missing work. We’ve all got everything under control over here! Just focus on feeling your best. 

85. Get well soon. Your presence at the office is seriously missed.

Gift tip: If you can, have your coworkers all chip in and get your friend a gourmet gift basket with comforting snacks, cheese, and crackers.

Funny ‘Get Well’ Wishes

Remember how we said “get well” wishes don’t have to be gloomy? It’s true, and these funny messages prove that laughter really can be the best medicine. Bring your kind words some relief in the form of joy. 

86. Please hurry up and get well soon. I can’t keep being nice to you for much longer!

87. Get well soon—I’m starting to feel bad about making fun of you.

88. When you’re sick, it’s just because your body’s too awesome and everyone else needs some time to catch up with you. 

89. Milk this illness while you can. That’s what I would do!    

90. Your immune system doesn’t seem to be doing a great job. If it was a lawyer, I would fire it!

91. Get well soon. We have so much stuff to do! 

92. I wish I could take your pain and give it to someone we both really hate. Feel better soon.

93. I wish I could punch your sickness in the face. 

94. I might not be qualified to diagnose you, but I do have my theories.

95. Get well soon! I can’t cover for you anymore. 

96. I get that you wanted time off work, but don’t you think this is a bit extreme?

97. There are no words for how much this sucks. So sorry you’re going through this.

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'Get Well' Wishes for Your Parents

While we think of our parents as the ones who take care of us, sometimes the tables turn. Return the favor by caring for your parents and letting them know you’re always there for them no matter what. 

98. You’ve been the one getting up early to help us all day. Now it’s your turn to relax while I look after you. Get well soon!

99. You finally have an excuse to take time off work and spend quality time with your beloved children. We’re wishing you the speediest of recoveries.

100. It amazes me how amazing you are even when you’re sick! You’re the best parent in the world. 

101. Sickness might come and go, but we’re with you through it all. We love you, and we’re thinking of you. 

102. Who knew we’d be switching roles so already? I thought I had at least a few more years. Oh well, anything for you. 

103. You’ve always taken care of me, so now it’s your turn to get taken care of. Thanks for being there for me. 

104. Now’s the time to get some real rest while you recuperate. Hope you feel better soon, mom/dad.

105. Sending you my most positive thoughts as you heal. Though I can’t be there in person, I’m always just a phone call away. 

106. Your absence is dearly felt by the whole family, mom/dad.

107. For now, let someone else do everything. It’s time to take the weight of the world off your shoulders. 

108. Don’t worry about anything at all. I’ve got home taken care of!

109. It’s hard not seeing your smiling face every morning, mom/dad. I guess I’ll have to do my own laundry and cooking for once!

Gift tip: Buy them a nice pair of slippers to wear around the house, like these Haflinger wool slippers or these UGG slippers.

Partner or Spouse ‘Get Well’ Wishes

Example of a "get well" wish for a partner over an image of flowers

Having a partner or spouse feeling unwell is hard on any couple. Your partner is a source of strength, and you’re there for each other through thick and thin. Keep your partner in high spirits with these messages. 

110. I’m the one with the heavy heart while you get better. Get well soon, sweetheart. 

111. I want to remind you that I’m always going to be there for you. I can’t wait to pamper you while you get better. 

112. The doctor said we can’t cuddle until you’re healed—so speed up your recovery!

113. Love really is the best medicine. Let me treat you while you’re feeling down. You’ll be back on your feet in no time. 

114. I hope my love kills away those viruses! I need you by my side again quickly.

115. Illnesses come and go, but I’ll always be by your side. I love you.

116. Wishing you endless hugs and kisses. That’s what the doctor ordered, right?

117. You mean the world to me. Take all the time you need to feel your absolute best. 

118. My love, you’re the strongest person I know. Thank you for always being there with me. Now it’s time for me to be there for you.

119. Like all things, love, this too shall pass. Until then, I’m always with you.

120. Know that you’re so loved and missed. Get well soon. 

121. Each day brings us closer together, my love. You’re always in my thoughts.

Gift tip: Does your partner have a luxe robe to wear around the house? If not, get them this long robe, stat.

Religious Get Well Wishes Messages

Those who prefer religious messages might find comfort in their faith. Regardless of your beliefs, it’s important to honor the wishes of those you love the most. These religious get-well wishes below are sure to inspire them to feel their best. 

122. Get well soon, friend. I am thinking of you and praying for your strength in the Lord. 

123. “For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 30:17)

124. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)

125. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

126. I am praying that God brings you comfort, peace, and joy in your heart today. 

127. Sending you a special prayer that God keeps you in his kind care. Be well soon.

128. May you feel God’s love today and his healing strength. All my love.

129. May God bless you with a speedy recovery, friend. 

130. Your faith is always with you. Trust in the Lord, and you will find healing.

131. “And the power of the Lord was with him to heal.” (Luke 5:17)

132. Though we cannot see the Lord, we can feel his strength. Know he is with you as you recover. I am praying for you. 

133. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us.” (1 John 5:14)

Famous ‘Get Well Soon’ Quotes

Similarly, you might not know the right words to say when wishing someone healing. In this case, don’t reinvent the wheel. Borrow these famous ‘get well soon’ quotes from the top thinkers and writers. Inspiring and meaningful, they capture the best of what you’re trying to say. 

134. “Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)

135. “I stand in awe of my body.” (Henry David Thoreau)

136. “I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health.” (Voltaire)

137. "Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health." (Carl Jung)

138. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” (Helen Keller)

139. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

140.“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” (Theodore Roosevelt)

141. “The best of healers is good cheer.” (Pindus)

142. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” (Vivian Greene)

143. “Isn’t it unnerving that doctors call what they do ‘practice’?” (George Carlin)

144. “There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.” (Orison Swett Marden)

145. “Health and good humor are to the human body like sunshine to vegetation." (Massillon)

Short ‘Get Well Soon’ Texts to Send

It’s more common than ever to text or instant message someone your well wishes. This doesn’t have to be any less impactful. However, it’s not always clear where to begin. These short ‘get well soon’ messages are ideal for a quick text or message. 

146. Get well soon. You’ve totally got this.

147. I might not be able to send a hug in the mail, but I can let you know that I’m thinking of you.

148. I hope you feel better really soon. 

149. Be good to yourself. I know this is hard. 

150. You’ll be back to normal soon enough. At least, normal for you!

151. Hang in there. You’ll get through this.

152. Sorry, you feel so bad. Sending sunshine your way. 

153. Just wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you, friend. 

154. I heard you’re feeling down. I’m always just a text away if you need anything. 

155. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Let me know if you need anything. 

156. Sending you lots of love and a massive hug!

157. Laughter might be the best medicine, but don’t be afraid to take time for yourself. 

How to End a ‘Get Well Soon’ Card

Finally, how do you end a ‘get well soon’ card? Though writing your message is easy enough when it comes from the heart, your ending should be just as impactful. This doesn’t have to be complicated, but it should be meaningful to you. Consider these options below to end your card on a strong note. 

158. Wishing you endless healing,

159. God bless you, friend,

160. Best wishes as you recover,

161. Warmly,

162. Take care,

163. Wishing you rest, health, and healing,

164. Good health to you,

165. With lots of love,

166. Be well, 

167. Blessings,

168. Take extra good care of yourself,

169. Love and prayers,

170. Love always, 

171. Wishing you rest, 

172. Thinking of you, 

173. You’re amazing,

174. Get well soon,

175. Praying for you,

Show Your Support with Words

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but words still carry a lot of meaning. When someone’s not feeling well, kind words make the world seem a little less bleak. This is the kindness that motivates people to stay optimistic even in the darkest of times. Whether you’re sending a card, email, or note, these “get well soon” wishes above help you communicate authentic feelings without the stress. 

Never find yourself at a loss for words again. Giving these messages with one of the top sympathy gift ideas or even just a warm smile is worth its weight in gold. It truly is the thought that counts, so make yours impactful. All of this talk of sickness is a reminder that life really is short.

We can’t predict what will happen in the future, and it’s never a good idea to take your health for granted. Start end-of-life planning today to prepare for anything. 

Post-planning tip: If you are the executor for a deceased loved one, you will be receiving many sympathy and support messages; handling them all plus the details of the loved one's unfinished business can be overwhelming. We have a post-loss checklist that will help you ensure that your loved one's family, estate, and other affairs are taken care of.

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