10 Empathy Cards That Say It Just Right (PHOTOS)

emily mcdowell studio empathy cardsNews of a serious diagnosis causes most of our tongues to tie. Not for a bad reason, of course. We're simply struck with emotion and/or worried that they we'll say the wrong thing. Now, you've got an option besides simply voicing your support -- sending a very specific empathy card.

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Emily McDowell is a former advertising art director who launched her own line of greeting cards in 2013.  Of course, she has a mix of cards for traditional occasions -- weddings, birthdays, new baby, etc.

But McDowell also has cards specifically to give people who've been diagnosed with a serious illness. As she is a cancer survivor, it's an issue close to her heart.

As she explains on her blog:

'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 ... And I never personally connected with jokes about being bald or getting a free boob job, which is what most 'cancer cards' focus on.

No matter what emotion you're feeling -- guilt because you haven't been in touch, a genuine urge to help out, feisty optimism, or dark humor, McDowell's got an empathy card that fits.

What we love about these cards, besides the fact that they avoid schmaltzy over-the-top-ness? The fact that the sentiments on each are great reminders on how to SPEAK to a sick friend -- basically, you don't know what the hell to say or do but you want to say or do SOMETHING that shows you care.

Click through to see how poignantly each of these cards demonstrates just that.

 

Images courtesy of Emily McDowell Studio

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