Confronting an illness or injury is one of the most demanding, isolating things you can do. Family and friends are an amazing source of support, but constantly sharing updates with each and every one of them is impractical. CaringBridge replaces countless texts and emails with a free, easy-to-use communications platform.

How does it work?

More than 300,000 people use our private communications platform every single day. We have the tools Veterans, service members and their family caregivers need to easily share updates, read messages of support and coordinate help.

1. Online journal to post health updates

When you’re on a health journey, even something simple like texting or emailing updates to loved ones is one to-do too many. CaringBridge is a website for sharing health updates with everyone in your circle – saving time and energy.

2. The CaringBridge Planner

Tasks specific to your health journey that make your to-do list overwhelming. But even when you need help the most, you may be hesitant to reach out directly – worried that it’s asking too much. The CaringBridge Planner offers relief and support. Easily ask your community to help with some of your tasks, such as meals, errands and even personal fundraisers.

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CaringBridge provides a free platform to share updates during a health journey with family and friends.

3. Safety

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

4. Expertise

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.

5. Quick Set-Up

Create a website for your health journey in just a few steps – it only takes five minutes.

6. Easy to Use

Personalizing your page and sharing written updates, photos and more are straightforward with our easy-to-use interface. Our Customer Care team is also readily available to answer your questions.

Staying Connected

A free CaringBridge website has all the tools you need to keep your family and friends updated during a difficult time. Because we’re a nonprofit, we put your needs first. We have helped nearly 900,000 patients and their family caregivers to make private, personal connections when they need it most. If you or a loved one are experiencing a health event, learn how to start your free site at

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Published on Jun. 2, 2021

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