How It Works

Start a Site in 5 Minutes

What is CaringBridge. How It Works

Step 1

Register Your Email Address

Sign up with your email, connect your Facebook account, or connect your Google account to easily start a site for yourself or a loved one.

Step 2

Personalize Your Site

Personalize the site by indicating if the site is for you or someone else, and what you would like the site title and site address to be.

Step 3

Choose Your Privacy Settings

You control access to your site and can see who’s visiting and following it. You also decide if your site is searchable online by search engines like Google.

Step 4

Start Posting Your Updates

Let people know what’s happening with your health journey. Share a quick update, write a longer Journal entry, post a photo, or upload a video. Your site is all about what you need to say and hear.

Site Features


An injury or health crisis takes a toll on both your physical and mental well-being. Even something simple like texting or emailing updates to loved ones and friends is one to-do too many.

  • Add to your CaringBridge Journal as often as you need to keep everyone posted on your progress or write through the highs and lows of your healing journey.
  • Family and friends can react to your entries and leaving encouraging comments.

Ways to Help

Your Ways to Help section includes a number of tools to make it easy to communicate your needs.

To learn more about the organizations we team with to provide extra help to CaringBridge users, visit our partner organizations page.


Having one or more co-authors for a CaringBridge site means having help with:

  • Posting updates, photos, and videos
  • Viewing and respond to comments
  • Setting up Ways to Help, including GoFundMe, Meal Train, and Planner tasks

Why CaringBridge?

More than 300,000 people use our private communications platform every single day. We have the tools you need to navigate your health journey and are always adapting based on your feedback.


Unlike other online platforms, privacy—not profit—is our main concern. CaringBridge is a secure, ad-free community that never sells your data.


We are a nonprofit that has been supporting health journeys for nearly 25 years. We are trustworthy and we know the power of community support in health journey communications.

Live Help

The CaringBridge team is here to make it as easy as possible for you to communicate with your loved ones during a health crisis. If you need help at any time with your CaringBridge site, we have Customer Care representatives standing by waiting to help.


CaringBridge is a donor-supported nonprofit, powered by supporters like you. A gift to CaringBridge supports free, private sites for anyone on a health journey. For every $30 donated, we can power one site—that’s one gift that can change the experience of someone on a health journey.

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Our mobile app offers you convenience, which is essential on a health journey.