What To Say When Someone Is In The Hospital

How to make someone feel better, one "get well" wish at a time.

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Being sick is one of those things that no one can avoid during their life, and it's especially hard to know just what to say when someone is in the hospital.

Whether you have a common cold or more severe illnesses, it can be a huge inconvenience to not only you, but you feel as though you're a burden on your family and friends. Always make sure your loved one doesn't feel like a burden for getting sick because it truly isn't their fault.


You can support that person by bringing them a get well soon or make time to take care of the things they need to be done in their home. You can also simply support them by visiting and speaking with them during their stay.

However, we've all been there when it comes to looking for the right comforting things to say during any situation.

There are some things you know are not appropriate to say — especially when someone is undergoing major health complications in the hospital.

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Whether you believe it or not, sometimes saying some funny things in moments of seriousness can truly brighten someone's mood, no matter what they are going through. After all, laughter is the best medicine!

That is why I have conjured up a list of some of the most heartfelt, funniest, and loving 'get well' wishes to send during moments like this!

Take a look below at some ideas to help you when you're wondering what to say when someone is in the hospital.

What to Say to Someone in the Hospital on the Phone

Sometimes you're out of town when a loved one is admitted to the hospital. This is when a quick phone call to check in on them is a cheaper way to show them that you are thinking about them and hoping they get better soon. At least until you can get there in person.


1. "Get well soon, sis, so I can drop over and bother you!"

2. "I am sending you warm regards, hoping you will get well soon."

3. "I heard that you are in the hospital. I hope they release you soon because we need you more than they do!"

4. "May your recovery be a short but restful one. We’re all thinking of you during this time and we hope you’re back on your feet soon."

5. "Waiting eagerly for you to recover soon and make my days lively again. Get well quick."

6. "Get well soon cause I have lots of fun things to do, but without you, they cannot give me joy."

7. "Sending positive, healing thoughts to you, my dear friend. I hope you get well very soon."

8. "As you rest and heal, know that you are thought of warmly and wished a quick recovery."

9. "Hurry up and get the heck out of there!"

10."Studies clearly indicate that those who get ‘Get Well’ cards sooner and more often have an 80% faster recovery rate, so I want to wish you a Happy Recovery."

11. "Dear friend, get well soon and rock your life!"

12. "The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart. Our prayers are with you. Get Well Soon."

13. "I pray God heals you quickly with His miraculously healing hands."

14. "I hope this get-well wish brings a smile to your face. You are too beautiful to be feeling down."

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What to Say to Someone in the Hospital Over Text

You should send a get-well text message when you aren't truly close to the person who is admitted to the hospital. This is mostly for acquaintances or coworkers. Sending off a quick "get well soon" text can make the person feel good knowing you thought of reaching out.

15. "You must have forgotten to eat your apple. Now you have to see a doctor. Get well soon!"

16. "All of us miss you around here!"

17. "Wishing you a very speedy recovery, my friend."

18. "The little flowers are rising and blooming; it’s the world’s way of saying, “get well soon.”

19. "Our thoughts and prayers are with you as we wish for a complete and restful recovery. Looking forward to catching up with you again soon."

20. "Sending you healing thoughts and a little sunshine to brighten your day."

21. "Sending you the brightest wishes to say, hope you get well soon."

22. "Wishing that each day brings your renewed strength, brighter times, and a healthier, happier you. Get well soon."

23. "When I see the moon I think of you so get well soon and you’ll be good as new."

24. "Give yourself whatever gifts of time and rest you need to feel better – and know that you’re surrounded by caring thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt wishes. Rest easy. Get well."

25. "Get well soon to someone who thinks they have the flu but probably doesn’t."

26. "A bowl of warmth, a soft face, a new day. Some get-well thoughts sent your way. Feel better soon."

27. "I heard you were in pain. Well, don’t focus on it. LOL, as I mention it. No, really think good thoughts. I love ya! Get well soon!"

28. "May good health envelop you, spurring a quick recovery."

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What to Say to Someone in the Hospital in Person

When you visit someone in the hospital it can be very emotional. You can feel odd and strange, overwhelmed, and anxious. All of those emotions bubbling inside you can wreak havoc. So here are a few things you can say to help the person admitted to the hospital (and yourself) feel more at ease.


29. "I am praying for peace and strength to get you through and get well soon"

30. "Dear friend, bid farewell to your bad health and get ready to greet happiness and wellness!"

31. "Look outside; the sun is shining and it’s telling you to get well soon."

32. "From dawn to dusk, I pray for your quick recovery and good health."

33. "Recover well, to be strong and sound. Rest well, to walk on the path to good health."

34. "We hope you feel better because we miss you so much."

35. "Being in the hospital is a downer, but there is good in everything, you are being served breakfast in bed, Get Well Soon."

36. "For life is not to live, but to be well."

37. "Get well cards have become so humorous that if you don’t get sick you’re missing half the fun."

38. "If these flowers were wishes, then my wish for you is to get well soon."

39. "Get well soon so that I find you attractive again."

40. "I wonder why you can always read a doctor’s bill and you can never read his prescription."

41. "I wish I was a magician so I could make you fit and healthy with the wave of a wand!"

42. "I will stand beside you forevermore, wishing you good health and a fast recovery."

43. "Remember just take it one day at a time, and in no time, you will be completely healthy and smiling."

44. "Cheer up! We want to see you fit and well very soon."

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What to Say to Someone Who Has a Loved One in the Hospital

Having someone in the hospital can be stressful and emotional. It's important to be there for those who have loved ones in the hospital, let them know you are thinking of them, and be a support system they can lean on.

45. "I want to send sound and healthy vibes your way."

46. "You are never alone. We all love you and are by your side when life is tough. Do not ever forget that."

47. "Recovery is hard work – but you’re not alone. Not a day goes by that you aren’t thought of and wished well."

48. "I reckon being sick is one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better."

49. "Health and good humor are to the human body like sunshine to vegetation."

50. “if you ever need a listening ear or want to grab a coffee, I'm around.”

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Destiny Duprey is a writer who covers self-care, astrology, and music.