If you've ever had a family member in the hospital, you know that keeping everyone informed about the patient's progress can be as exhausting as the nights spent in the waiting room. We rely on everything from phone trees to mass emails to get updates or find out where to send flowers, but I just discovered a website called CaringBridge that makes this very difficult task easier.
Sort of like Facebook for tough times, the free service lets you easily create a website to share updates on a loved one's illness, surgery, hospital stay, and progress. When a friend of mine was recently hospitalized, her family set up a page on CaringBridge, and I've been really impressed by how extensive it is. To find out how it works,
CaringBridge lets you post explanations about a patient's illness, plus photos and updates on test results or overall mood. Friends and family can sign up for email notifications when new info is posted and leave their thoughts and messages on the guestbook page. The site even lets you make a donation along with a tribute to the patient in question. It seems like a great solution in what can be a very challenging time. Have you ever used one of these sites? Tell me what you thought.