Often hardships in life bring sickness, temporary immobility, or even some heart ache. When in such a predicament, one usually gets gloomy and distressed. One way to cheer someone up is to send get well flowers and gifts. They can create smiles and positive attitude for anyone in an unfortunate situation. This is a great way to let a loved one know you care about them and are there to help.

To really make a sincere impression, you should personally deliver the flowers. Don’t forget a personal get well soon card to go with them. If you don’t have the chance to do that, most often than not florists offer same day delivery. A delivery fee may incur depending on your location and delivery terms. Flower shops, however, are closed on Sundays and public holidays except for Valentine’s and Mother’s Day.

Choosing The Right Flowers and Get Well Gifts

You should pick bright-coloured, cheery flowers to lighten up your loved one’s day. If you are after a deep, symbolic meaning of your gift, consider the following:

  • Magnolia: The Magnolia flower is delicate. It represents perseverance and endurance. It will let your ill friend know to keep his or her head up and keep a strong will.
  • Immortal: These flowers symbolize an everlasting remembrance for the un-well person.
  • Dandelion: It symbolises many emotions, but most of all Happiness

A teddy bear and flowers are best as a gift if the recipient is bedridden. They are something sweet and bright to look at through the long hours. If your loved one is more mobile, a get well soon basket may be a better option. Goodies and treats are a delightful surprise that could contribute to the physical well-being of the recipient.

If you are sending something to a child, choose something simple and colourful. Express your best wishes for a speedy recovery by sending a soft stuffed animal, a basket of treats or an entertaining book along with the get well flowers. Other ideas may include paperdolls, card games, colouring books and stickers, handheld games, a drawing board, etc.

Sending Flowers To A Hospital

Depending on policy, flowers and plants may or may not be permitted where patients are staying as they can potentially harbor bacteria. Such rules need to be respected as they are to protect patients and staff. Arrangements sent to hospitals need to be:

  • Not too big as there is limited space in a patient’s area. Therefore, arrangements that are too big won’t be suitable. Tall slim arrangements are the best option if you want to send something large and impressive.
  • Contained in a water source such as a vase if you send a bouquet. Keep in mind however that It is not always possible for the nurses to find one straight away.
  • Not containing soil even though a potted plant is a beautiful gift. However most hospitals will not allow such a gift in case the soil contains bacteria, germs or other contaminants that could interfere with the wellbeing of patients.
  • Fragrance free such as tulips and gerbera daisies. They are great selections because are bright and cheerful and easy to maintain.
  • If a patient is in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) flowers may not be allowed. You are welcome to call the hospital before placing an order to make sure they will be accepted.

    When you send get well flowers to someone in the hospital, you should have the name, phone number and full address of the hospital before placing your order. Don’t forget the patient’s full name and room number as well as when the flowers should be delivered.

    What To Write on The Get Well Card

    A message that is personal and memorable works best. It should be something that the recipient can relate to and make them cheer up and smile. You can opt for something typical and traditional, of course, such as “I wish you a speedy recovery” or “I hope you feel better soon”. However, such wishes will hardly put a smile on the unwell person’s face. If you are looking for the right words to express care and concern, you may consider the following:

    • “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
    • “The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.” John Vance Cheney
    • “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • “If the future seems overwhelming, remember that it comes one moment at a time.” Beth Mende Conny
    • “I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” Dr. Seuss

    Remember to stay positive. Avoid mentioning the illness and don’t dwell on negatives. Try to treat the person the same way you would if they were feeling well. Try to keep the relationship the same.

    If you are going to send flower to someone at home and is going through a long recovery, consider some more lasting flowers such as a beautiful bulb garden or potted plants. They will surely create a warm atmosphere for weeks ahead.

    Flowers Can Do More Than Just Look Pretty

    A Harvard University study indicates that fresh cut flowers boost energy and lessen feelings of anxiety and depression. Nancy Etcoff, Ph.d, the scientist who conducted the study concludes, “Our results suggest that flowers have a positive impact on our well being. Whether placed in a bedroom or a hospital room, a beautiful bouquet has been scientifically proven to lift the spirits of someone who is feeling a little under the weather.”

    So, you can feel even better sending flowers knowing that you are doing all you can to help a person in need.