Saturday, December 05, 2009


CaringBridge is a free, nonprofit web service that connects family and friends to share information, love and support during a serious health event, care and recovery. It takes just a few moments to create a personal and private CaringBridge website.

I first heard about CaringBridge a few years ago when someone I knew had a family member who was very ill. It's a website where family members can write a journal or update on behalf of their loved one. It has the individual's story, a place to journal, a page for photos, and a guestbook, where friends and family can leave messages of encouragement.

In the past week and a half, I have been reading and praying for two friends whose families have subscribed to a CaringBridge website for their loved one. These friends have been very sick. One of them, a six year old little boy, Aaron, got deathly sick from the flu. His mom, my friend, Shannon, got him to the doctor just in time. He was rushed from the clinic by ambulance to Children's Hospital and immediately admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. This was the day before Thanksgiving. I'm happy to report that he was moved from the intensive care unit to intermediate care this evening. I'm praying that he continues to improve. His school friends, teachers, and family members have been sending him cards and signing his guestbook on the CaringBridge site. It's been very encouraging to him and his family.

The CaringBridge is a great tool that saves the family lots of precious time and energy to keep loved ones posted.


Pat said...

I am familiar with this website. I have followed several people and it is a great way to keep people informed as well as being able to send your thoughts and prayers to them. I am glad to hear that the little boy is better. And to think he got that ill with the flu. That is scary to me being a grandma.

Melissa Holm said...

Hi DD4,

Thanks for spreading the word about CaringBridge. We strive to help all families facing a serious health event communicate and receive support. I'm glad you're able to keep update on loved ones using our service.

Kind regards,
- Melissa Holm, Media Relations, CaringBridge