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Show your face: here’s one way to make your own hospice cards

To continue the previous post’s theme of hospice cards, despite our typical focus on ethical wills, here is one idea for how to easily make your own card to give or send someone you love who is in hospice care:

This one is based on the premise that I think being surrounded by photographs of the people I love and the places I love would be heartwarming. If you can’t be there visiting, I might still like to look at you and smile.

jackson for hospice card(You could even send me a picture you took of my dog that day you reminded me that lake water doesn’t move, like tidal water does!)

So here are two simple versions:

Go to an art supply or crafty-stuff store like Pearl Art or whatever your favorite local shop is, and find one of two kinds of blank cards with matching envelopes:

Version 1: a box of blank cards, with envelopes, that are made to have 4×6” photographs slipped into them. The front of these cards actually functions like a little frame, keeping the photo in, and then you can write something inside.

DSC00844 - Version 3Then pick one of the snapshots you have of you and the other person together, and either use that copy, or get a duplicate made, or print a new one out. Slip it inside the front part of the card.  If the print isn’t 4×6, your computer software or the nice people at your local drugstore can resize it.

Version 2: buy a box of just plain blank cards (with the matching envelopes) — some of them are lovely, great paper quality — and get a glue stick and that snapshot of you and your in-hospice-care person.

Smear the glue stick on the back of the photo, stick that photo to the front of the blank card.

Finally: Take another sip or two of that coffee or wine, pick up a pen or a pencil — yes, your handwriting matters and is part of the gift! — and if you write nothing else, say something like this:

Dear ________
I still get a kick out of seeing this picture and remembering what a great time we had that day. I hope it does the same for you.
(your name)


Do you think that something “homemade” wouldn’t be good enough to send?

You couldn’t be more wrong! And sending something is better than silence.

In fact, something you have taken the time to put together probably will mean just that little bit more. It would to me, and I think it probably would to your friend, too.

One Caution: You could do well to remember my Rule of No in writing your own hospice cards, even though I wrote it for those who want to write their own ethical wills or legacy letters.


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2 thoughts on “Show your face: here’s one way to make your own hospice cards

  1. Joyce Powell on said:

    The last months of my mother’s life were brightened by the wonderful caring Hospice folks who ministered love and tenderness to our family. This is a great idea, not only for the person receiving Hospice care, but also to send along to Hospice care givers. These cards represent a caring person and a lot of love for the intended recipient. I like it!

    • And I think you would be just the person to make a line of religious/Christian cards, Joyce! I would hope you would make some that weren’t so religion-specific, too, but with your photographs and your writing — hey, and your songwriting! — maybe we should talk! But thanks very much for the comment, and so glad your mom’s hospice care was so great.

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