People can set up individual sites on CaringBridge about their own illnesses or about the illness of someone else. The site makes it possible to post updates about one's condition, and others can reply with encouraging words.
CaringBridge also lets people coordinate the assistance they need during a severe illness. The Planner feature lets the site manager set up such tasks as childcare, transporting the patient to an appointment and delivering meals for the patient's family. The privacy settings range from making the site public to controlling access to the site and making it invitation-only. The fact that CaringBridge does not post ads makes the site even more user-friendly and dignified.