CaringBridge

What is CaringBridge™?

When illness and medical conditions enter your life, your focus should be healing. Still, loved ones want updates. While those countless phone calls provide love and encouragement, they also take energy during a busy and challenging time.

With CaringBridge™, loved ones can quickly and easily stay connected and informed. CaringBridge allows you to create a personal Web page to update your care community. You can write journal entries, read supportive messages from guests and post photographs.

CaringBridge provides you with a personalized Web page address, which you may protect with a password. Guests can log in anytime, read current updates and send well wishes that lift up your spirits.

Background

The inspiration for CaringBridge came from a real life experience in 1997, when founder and executive director Sona Mehring's friend developed a life-threatening condition and prematurely delivered her baby during the 24th week of pregnancy. Sona created a Web site to keep family and friends connected and informed. Baby Brighid died nine days after her birth, but she inspired a remarkable grassroots phenomenon that extends love, encouragement and hope around the world each day.

How It Works

CaringBridge offers simple set-up procedures and special Web page templates for creating unique, private Web pages for patients. It can be used by the patient, family and friends to stay in touch throughout a hospital stay. Patients can update their Web site as often as they like.

A CaringBridge Web site offers these benefits:

  • Saves Time – Send one update to all loved ones.
  • Healing – Focus on healing, not constant phone calls.
  • Support – Loved ones send comfort and encouragement.
  • Sharing – Maintains an online photo album for each patient.
  • Ease – Set up is easy and so are updates.
  • Confidential – Your page is password protected.
  • Access – Log on any time.
  • No Cost – The service is free.

Getting Started

Follow the easy step-by-step procedure to create and update your own CaringBridge site. Friends and family can visit your site from CaringBridge.org using the name you assign to it. For privacy, search tools on the Internet cannot find your site address.