What to say (or not say) when someone is sick

  • Posted on: 7 December 2017
  • By: rachelburns

You just found out a close friend, family member or acquaintance is sick, perhaps even extremely or chronically ill. You want to express your concern, your best wishes and help, but can't seem to find the words beyond "Get Well Soon." It can be difficult to express our feelings to people as they struggle with an illness. You don't want to come off patronizing, but you also genuinely want to help and be supportive. Sometimes the things that are most helpful and meaningful to the ill are what we don't say, do or ask of them.