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.

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

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19 Inspirational Quotes About Hope and Healing

We asked you, the CaringBridge community, to send us your favorite inspirational quotes about hope and healing so that we could share them with everyone. Do you have a favorite quote that’s missing from this article? Submit it to us in the comment section! “Hope is praying for rain, but faith is bringing an umbrella.”… Read More


6 Good Alternatives to 'How Can I Help?'

Hanna Cooper and her husband, Tom Moberg, of St. Paul, MN, with their kids, Emilia and William. When I was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer in 2016 at age 48, my family, friends and community were as shocked and bewildered as I was. With no time to prepare, we were suddenly facing loss… Read More


9 Ways to Remember a Loved One Who Has Passed

What are ways you have memorialized a loved one? When we asked families who have used CaringBridge to share ways they honor the memories of their loved ones, among the most touching was from Kat Schilling. On the anniversary of losing her 16-year-old son, Zach, to cancer, Kat used her income tax refund to do… Read More


How to Point--Gently--Toward Healing

Mary Farr, left, with JoAnn Hardegger, mother of Baby Brighid, the namesake of CaringBridge, at a November 2017 event marking the 20th anniversary of CaringBridge and launch of the How We Heal series. Pediatric hospital chaplain and ordained minister Mary Farr’s new book, “If I Could Mend Your Heart,” has a deep connection to the very… Read More