A personal note is a kind and nonintrusive way to let someone know you care. It gives you the ability to reach out and allows the patient the opportunity to decide whether they want to pursue any further contact. Whatever the outcome, you’ve delivered your message.
So what do you say to someone dealing with a difficult illness? You say you care. Here’s an example:
Dear Mrs. Peters,
I’ve thought of you so often these last few months and wondered what I could do to let you know that I care. It’s hard to know what to say or do as I haven’t wanted to intrude. But I wanted to let you know how sorry I am that you’ve had to go through this. I will keep you in my thoughts and continue to hope for the very best outcome.
With much warmth,