My wife has, unfortunately, been a frequent reader of a different kind of blog this past week. It’s called Caring Bridge, and it offers "free, easy-to-create web sites that help connect friends and family when they need it most."
A close friend of the family was diagnosed with a particularly vile form of cancer just before Christmas. When she entered the hospital, one of her sons thought to start a Caring Bridge web site about his mom. It has been the portal through which friends and family have been able to keep in touch.
In fairness to the family I won’t provide her name, but all of the web sites are open for anyone to read. You just have to know the name of the patient.
CaringBridge™ is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization offering free personalized Web sites to those wishing to stay in touch with family and friends during significant life events. Our mission is to bring together a global community of care powered by the love of family and friends in an easy, accessible and private way.
CaringBridge authors quickly and easily create personalized Web sites that display journal entries and photographs. Well-wishers visit the page to read updates and leave messages in the Guestbook.
Hopefully you won’t have a need for a Caring Bridge site any time soon, but if you do, it’s nice to know that this service is out there.