Monday, January 31, 2011

CaringBridge: Creating a Network of Support Online

[Reviewed and updated June 22, 2021]

Several times in the last few weeks I've had occasion to use a wonderful online service that, if you're not aware of it already, I'd like to share with all of you.

CaringBridge is an innovative, non-profit organization that provides free Web sites to connect people experiencing a significant health challenge to family and friends, making each health journey easier. Fulfilling its mission "to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier," CaringBridge websites offer a personal and private space to communicate and show support, saving time and emotional energy when health matters most.

How CaringBridge Works
Each site is unique, easy to create and simple to use.  Authors add health updates and photos to share their story, while visitors leave messages in the guestbook, creating a network of support for the patient.

Online Community of Care

A personal CaringBridge website brings family and friends together online, surrounding a patient and their caregivers with the love, hope and compassion they need during a difficult time. Since 1997, more than half a million CaringBridge websites have been created. Your free CaringBridge website has all the tools you need to keep your family and friends updated during a difficult time.

If you don't have the energy, the time or the skills to create a CaringBridge site for your care recipient yourself, this may be an ideal "assignment" for that computer-savvy family member or friend who's offered to help. Visit the How It Works page to learn how to get started. 

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  © by Marty Tousley, RN, MS, FT, BC-TMH

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