CaringBridge tries to span out

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 25, 2011 - 8:48 PM

The Eagan-based charity expanded partnerships to spread the word about its website for sharing updates on patient health.

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amethyst221Sep. 25, 1111:14 PM

caringbridge is a front for healthcare providers. It exploits human misery. This article is little more than a paid media advertisement for Sona Behring and company. The reporter needs to check her facts. There is nothing more disgusting than using someone's illness to elicit money for the employees of this website.

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mplssellSep. 25, 1111:37 PM

Caring Bridge brings loved ones together, & encourages emotional support to those in need. They save lives by bringing back the will to live to those who lost hope. Kudos to the founder; you made a big difference in my cousin's life (came back from the brink of death) & her daughter's life (losing a mother would have been devastating).

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drichmnSep. 26, 11 8:00 AM

amethyst221, you couldn't be more wrong. I set up a CaringBridge page for a friend of mine. It allowed people he knew from all over the country to share their thoughts and prayers with him even though they couldn't visit. It was a gift to him to know how many people cared. It was a gift to me to be able to do something that was so meaningful to him. It helped ease our emotional pain, it in no way exploited it.

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waywaysSep. 26, 11 8:21 AM

I wished I had used this several years ago during my father's heart surgery. The getting up at 3:00 A.M. to get over to his house so we could get him to his doctors appointment that was a 3 hour drive away and then the long drive back to his house, get him settled in, then the drive to my house, it would be around 10:00 P.M. and I would have to start calling siblings to let them know what took place, then I would have to relax so I could fall asleep. Then there was the recovery time with being gone all day tending to him or my mother and then having to make phone calls to update everybody. My long distance phone bill was running $130 a month and I was exhausted. I dropped 30 pounds in less than a month. I sure wished I would have had caringbridge. I could have just posted an update each time rather then constant phone calls and the others could read it on their computers.

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barb_hSep. 26, 1112:15 PM

We had the opportunity to use Caring Bridge after an unfortunate accident to a relative and I just want to say it's a life saver as far as getting information out to a wide range of people - thanks for the service!

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mindefredSep. 26, 1112:52 PM

CaringBridge is invaluable in keeping friends and loved ones updated during a serious illness or following an accident. I was updating one on my mother's cancer while following a colleague's news on his daughter's leukemia and a cousin's tragic burn injuries from a work accident. My mom has so many friends and colleagues who love her, that to have tried to keep people updated any other way would have been impossible. The little notes left behind on CaringBridge from her visitors absolutely made her day. It was also a journal of her cancer journey (which had a great outcome) and a way to share information that we were learning along the way. I do thank CaringBridge for their service, and as moderator of my mother's page, I received a lot of thanks for sharing her story.

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vicmcklockySep. 26, 11 1:34 PM

Amethyst, what happened to you? Why the cynicism? I've personally benefited, as has numerous others within my circle, from this God-send of a sight. You might want to "hold your tongue" until you are absolutely certain that you never are called upon to be a primary caregiver for a loved one. Granted, someone of such limited empathy towards the inevitable plight of others, will most probably never be asked to hold such a coveted position of responsibility for another (or, at least one can only hope). However, in the unlikely event that you ARE asked to be that person during someones "hour of need", my prayer is that this site is still around for your assistance.

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