What To Say to a Sick Friend: Your Guide

If there’s one thing we can depend on in life it’s that we all get sick from time to time. Despite this being one of life’s certainties it can still be difficult to know what to say to a sick friend.

Whether it’s a broken leg or maybe someone you care for is in the 40% of Americans who develop cancer, it is important to be able to offer words of encouragement when they are needed.

If you have a friend who is sick and your struggling with what to say then this short guide is for you.

Say It in Person

While you might be wondering how to comfort a sick friend over text, there is nothing more reassuring than being there in person.

Learning that you’re ill can be an exceptionally troubling time, and nothing helps people in difficult times more than proximity. Sometimes it’s not so much about what you say, but about your availability and willingness to just be there.

If you’re still struggling with the first few words that you want to come out of your mouth then think about what you would want someone to say to you if you were going through a tough time.

Asking someone if there’s anything you can do for them or letting them know how important they are to you is a good place to start.

Some people might want someone who they can share how they’re feeling with or perhaps someone who can be a welcome distraction. Remind them that they are strong and that you are there for them.

Say It With a Gift

Why not go that extra mile and give your sick friend a gift. Grapes and flowers are often given to people who are sick, but maybe you should think outside the box.

Depending on your friend’s condition, you could look at buying them some supplements or healthy food the help alleviate their condition a little. If your friend is bedbound or stuck at home you could buy them something that they can do. Maybe they like jigsaws or they’ve always wanted to learn to play the ukelele.

If you’re struggling with gift ideas then maybe you can send them a cheer up hamper.

Now You Know What to Say to a Sick Friend

It can be difficult knowing what to say to a sick friend, but hopefully, this guide gives you some ideas to start with. For most people, the most important thing is knowing that the people in their lives care for them and that they are around if they need them.

However, if you choose to say “get well soon” make sure you take the time to let them know that your well-wishes come from the bottom of your heart.

If you found this article useful then be sure to check out the rest of our blog for more great ideas.