3 Ways Family and Friends Can Support CaringBridge Authors

After her son was seriously injured in a car accident on the way to preschool, a CaringBridge mom spent 10 nightmare days and sleepless nights in her toddler’s hospital room. No one was sure the boy would survive.

During that terrible time, Erica sat at her son’s bedside, with her hand on his. She propped her laptop right up on the bed, and read to her son all the things people were writing to him on CaringBridge

The nurses told Erica that her son’s vital signs improved every time she would read the messages of support he was receiving.

Erica’s son recovered, and he is thriving. While he was too young to know how much the support mattered, his mom will never forget.

Here’s how you can support those you’re following on CaringBridge:

1. Visit the Website. Often. Every day, many times a day, CaringBridge users tell us how much “Comments” and “Hearts” mean at a time when love, hope and compassion may be the only thing keeping them going. It’s always the right time to send a message of support. It doesn’t have to be long or complicated. The only wrong thing to say is nothing at all!

2. Become a ‘Follower.’ Simply click the “Follow Site” icon that appears in the top, right-hand corner of each CaringBridge homepage. Then you’ll receive email or text notifications every time a new Journal entry is posted.

3. Check the ‘Ways to Help.’ If the patient you’re following has a GoFundMe campaign, you’ll be able to find the fundraiser by clicking the “Ways to Help” icon on the patient’s CaringBridge homepage. On the same page, you can sign up for helpful tasks like meal sign-up, picking up meds, and more through The CaringBridge Planner. Also look for “Support Links,” directing you to places where additional help might be needed.

(Note: If the website author hasn’t yet identified any “Ways to Help,” consider posting a “Comment” indicating that you’re eager to help.)

Care to Share Your Own Tips?

Please add to the conversation by sharing in the “Comment” section below how you have shown support for those you love through CaringBridge.

  • Melanie Mahadeo

    I would like to ask how can I print my story and journals out to make a book? I know along time ago when my journey started that there was a book that could be made by caring bridge but they don’t offer that anymore what can I do? Thank you for your quick response, I greatly appreciate it.Melanie ?

  • Patricia Harrington

    We all are thinking of you and sending you special healing energy your way. We&re right there with you. Can you feel the love????
    I’m sure “Zeni” is waiting to zone with you????
    ????????????. ????????????????

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  • Jan Heller

    this was the best idea