Wellbeing should mean health and happiness, in equal measure. But as we have learned over two decades at CaringBridge, it is, indeed, possible to find wholeness in each moment, even when physical health is not guaranteed. Wellbeing for many of the people who use CaringBridge is an ongoing process of physical, spiritual, emotional and relational betterment. It is an essential element of every health journey.

Doug O'Donnell said friends and family have been a support system through his son's cancer journey.

10 Tips to Find Strength When Your Child is Chronically Ill

Doug O’Donnell, second from right, said friends and family provide a support system that keeps he and wife, Lianne, strong through their son’s cancer journey. A group of friends regularly gathers at a family-friendly brew pub owned by a college friend to celebrate the good and lift each other up through the bad. Until his… Read More

Martinez Family

Advice for Parents with Chronically Ill Kids, From Parents Who Know

Every time Jaxson had a scheduled hospital stay, Judy decked out his room with Ninja Turtles, Mickey Mouse, Captain America, Cars and more.  Juan Martinez of Uvalde, TX, is a firefighter and EMT who says his wife, Judy, is the strongest person he knows. But this dynamic duo didn’t feel brave or strong when their… Read More

Cathy Wurzer and Bruce Kramer

Lessons in Living While Dying

Bruce Kramer and his friend, Cathy Wurzer, also his writing and broadcast partner, record a conversation about living with ALS. Their collaboration has evolved into the End in Mind project. (Photos courtesy of Minnesota Public Radio) Speaking does not come easily anymore for Bruce Kramer of St. Paul, MN. Secured upright in a high-tech wheelchair,… Read More

Mary Farr

An Invitation to Family and Friends: Share Hope and Support

Years ago, my friends Janell and Scott faced a shattering loss when their son, pedaling home from school, was struck and killed by a drunk driver. As a friend who wanted to help, this devastating event also launched my vocation as a pediatric hospital chaplain. More important, it opened my eyes to a family’s capacity… Read More

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How Healing Works: 3 Questions With Dr. Wayne Jonas

In his book “How Healing Works,” Dr. Wayne Jonas draws on four decades of research and patient care to explain how 80 percent of healing arises from outside the doctor’s office. Dr. Wayne Jonas is a “man of science” who has long-believed that having patients answer the question, “What matters?” can be more meaningful than… Read More