Episode 223

How to write someone a “Get well soon” message

 

 

Hey guys! Welcome to our ENGLISH BITES – This is Erika Belmonte speaking and in case you need the transcription of this English Bite, go to www.englishbites.com.br and look for the episode number 223.

 

Offering encouragement when a friend or a family member, neighbor or colleague is ill is a wonderful way to build a stronger bond between you guys, right? A get-well message carries with it an element of solace and the hope of recovery and that’s what your message should convey. And you know, it’s never easy really to write down everything we want or even wish, especially in a very delicate situation so today, I’m gonna give you some tips about it ok?

 

Well, first of all, this get-well note should be brief and very very positive when the recovery is expected to go well. If you know the person well (and if you can afford of course), a simple gift like a book could entertain and also be a good idea but not necessary.

 

Now, when it comes to writing the message, think about the content ok?

 

  • First and foremost, think about offering encouragement. Rely on your relationship with the person to say what you feel.
  • Focus on the person and don’t misdirect your message toward your own feeling.
  • Make a statement about your concern.
  • Try to relieve any possible anxiety about other things other than your friend’s recovery.
  • Keep the message sunny and upbeat.
  • Be short and concise.
  • Express simply that you were sorry to hear about the accident or illness.
  • Close on a warm and positive note.

Now let me give you some tips on what you should be careful with:

  • Omit any hint of pity.
  • This isn’t time to offer unsolicited advice. Think only of offering comfort.
  • Don’t moralize or include empty clichés or statements meant to be sympathetic. These can be easily misunderstood, as can such “silver lining” comments as “At least you didn’t…”or “It could have been much worse”
  • Avoid dramatic or tragic words and phrases in referring to either your friends or your feelings. Phrases like “your tragic accident” or “worst case” aren’t comforting…

Now I’ll share some very helpful words that you can select when dealing with that situation. If you don’t know the meaning, look for each one on the dictionary and any question you have, you can ask me ok?

  • Accident
  • Heal
  • Rapid
  • Relapse
  • Cheer
  • Health
  • Recovered
  • Robust
  • Convalesce
  • Hope
  • Recuperate
  • Support
  • Encourage
  • Unexpected

And also, guys, add some strong sentences. Let me help you with some common ones:

  • Back in healthy form
  • Time to heal
  • Rest and recover
  • Encouraging news
  • Completely well again
  • In our thoughts and prayers
  • Have every confidence
  • Thinking healthy thoughts for you
  • Speedy recovery

And guys, be true to yourself, your feelings and to the person you’re dealing with. A letter, a greeting card or a simple message is always very welcoming but more than that, your attention, prayers and good vibe can be even more helpful and healing.

 

So, that’s it for today guys. I really hope you have enjoyed today’s episode. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your support and for listening to this English bite. Take care of yourselves and I’ll see you on the next one. Bye!

 

So, that’s it for today guys. I really hope you have enjoyed today’s episode. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your support and for listening to this English bite. Take care of yourselves and I’ll see you on the next one. Bye

 

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