Empathy Cards by Cancer Survivor Emily McDowell


How often have we heard shocking news about our loved ones ill health and been at a loss of words? Happens, right? Emily McDowell understood this when she was diagnosed of cancer and realized how difficult it gets for people to express their pain and concern. Then of course there are people who have loads of advice to give rather than be there for the person who is suffering from cancer or a mental disorder. Emily McDowell has been known for her creative, ‘pun loaded’, sweet and sometimes awkward cards. She has aptly named this collection Empathy Cards. Patients with terminal illness like cancer or some other disorder require empathy and not sympathy. Some of these cards directly deal with cancer while the others simply manage to express the grief most of us feel when we watch someone suffering so much. They will make the patient smile, feel loved and also know that you have tried to understand what they are going through rather than passing random judgements and providing baseless suggestions. You can check out her complete works of cards at EmilyMcDowell.com.


“It’s a really tough problem; someone we love needs our support more than ever, but we don’t have the right language for it.”

one more Chemo Down - Empathy Cards
I Haven't been in touch - Empathy Cards
Be the First To punch - Empathy Cards

“My goal is to help people connect with each other through truth and insight, which is one of the founding principles of this brand.”

When Life gives you lemon - Empathy Cards
Just so you know - Empathy Cards

 “I want the recipients of these cards to feel seen, understood, and loved.”

I'm so sorry you're sick - Empathy Cards

“I created this collection of empathy cards for serious illness because I believe we need some better, more authentic ways to communicate about sickness and suffering. “Get well soon” cards don’t make sense when someone might not.”

Never to refer your illness as a journey - Empathy cards

Beautiful, isn’t it? It feels so good to know that there are people who care enough to undertake such projects. Please, Share This. You could actually put a smile on a patient’s face.