Write a Get-well Message to a Friend or Relative Suffering from an Illness or Injury — Letter-Writing Tutorial


A get-well letter to a friend or relative should carry a feeling of warmth and concern. It should also offer some genuine encouragement and help. Keep your letter brief and sincere.


1. Express your concern.


  • I'm sorry to hear that you're suffering from another bout of pneumonia.
  • Things just haven't been the same at our quilting meetings since you've been under the weather.
  • News of your surfing accident didn't reach me until yesterday.
  • We're sorry that you've been sidelined by a skiing accident. It must be difficult to be immobilized, especially while on vacation.
  • I was surprised to hear that you were in the hospital this past weekend, but I'm glad that you are now at home and feeling better.
  • Word of your difficult delivery just reached me. I want to wish you a speedy recovery.
  • All of your friends here at Camp Doe are cheering for you to get well soon.


  • am sorry you have been sidelined
  • am sorry you have had another bout of
  • are rooting for you
  • as soon as you're allowed to have visitors
  • being out of action must be
  • can't be too much fun
  • hope you have a quick recovery
  • hope you get well soon
  • is really too bad
  • it's no fun being sick
  • just heard the news of your accident
  • must be difficult to
  • must be frustrating to
  • on the road to recovery
  • send you our best wishes
  • things just haven't been the same
  • this forced inactivity must be
  • was concerned to hear that
  • was sorry to hear that
  • wish you a speedy recovery

2. Reassure the reader of your support.


  • I know it's especially difficult to stay in bed when you have young children, so Suzanne and I will come tomorrow to take Eric and Fred off your hands until you are feeling better.
  • We all feel lost without your knowledge and skills to guide us, and the discussions aren't nearly so lively without you.
  • Your progress sounds encouraging. I'm sure you'll be back in the surf in no time.
  • I hope your discomfort is minimal and that your arm heals quickly. After all, you're the only person I know whose racquetball game I can beat!
  • The important thing is that both you and little Eric are doing beautifully now. Don't worry about the house or your children, I'll take care of them. You just rest now and let your body heal.
  • You have a large group of well-wishers who miss your ghost stories and even your practical jokes.


  • a well-deserved break
  • as soon as you feel better
  • don't worry about
  • glad to hear you are doing better
  • great incentive to get well quickly
  • hang in there
  • have a large group of well-wishers
  • hope your discomfort is minimal
  • know it's difficult to stay in bed
  • let us take care of
  • no fun when you are sick
  • only for a short time
  • only for a little while longer
  • progress sounds encouraging
  • soon be back to normal
  • the important thing is that
  • when you can have visitors
  • will come over tomorrow
  • will take care of
  • would be happy to

3. Close with best wishes.


  • Get plenty of rest and let us know if there is anything else we can do to help.
  • Hurry and get well, Jane, or we may just have to close up shop! Here's a fabulous new quilting book to help pass the time while you're recuperating.
  • Let me know when you're feeling up to having visitors. I'm eager to see you again.
  • Get back home soon so we can get back together on the court!
  • Until you are back on your feet again, I would be happy to help out in your yard, in your house, or with your kids. Just let me know what would be most helpful.
  • I know you like cooking and gardening magazines, so here's a stack of the latest to help you pass the time more quickly. We will visit as soon as the doctors say it's all right.


  • all send our best wishes
  • are rooting for you
  • as soon as the doctors agree
  • get plenty of rest
  • hope your discomfort is minimal
  • hope all goes well
  • hope to see you soon
  • hurry and get well
  • if there is anything else we can do
  • know you will be back with us soon
  • let me know how I can help
  • look forward to
  • take your time
  • to help you pass the time
  • to having you back
  • to seeing you again
  • until you are back on your feet again
  • when you are feeling up to it
  • while you are recuperating
  • wish you a speedy recovery

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