11 Greeting Cards People With Cancer Will Actually Appreciate
When a loved one is suffering a serious illness| it’s hard to know just what to say. And when the supermarket greeting card aisle falls short u2014 there’s little between “get well soon!”” and “”my deepest sympathies”” u2014 many well-meaning people might err on not reaching out at all.
Illustrator Emily McDowell’s own cancer struggle u2013 she was 24 years old when diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma u2013 inspired her to create a line of empathy cards that she wishes she’d gotten . . . cards that “”help people talk about hard things”” with beauty and even a little laugh-out-loud humor| all without being too dramatic| too flippant| too saccharin| or too somber.
“”Being sick can be really lonely| and I thought we needed some better| more authentic ways to communicate about illness and suffering|”” she told us. “”‘Get well soon’ cards don’t make sense when someone might not. Sympathy cards can make people feel like you think they’re already dead. A ‘f*ck cancer’ card is a nice sentiment| but it didn’t really make me feel better when I was sick. And I never personally connected with jokes about being bald or getting a free boob job| which is what most ‘cancer cards’ talk about.””
Instead| for her just-released 11-card series| she thought about “”what I wished more people would have said| and what I wished fewer people would have said . . . I hope these cards will help their recipients feel loved| heard| and understood.””
Of course| it’s something you hope you never need to buy| but if you do| the sentiment doesn’t get much better than this.