I remember that, and appreciate seeing the notice. Great loss, to be sure.
Mostly, though, I think that family members might not even know to contact the sites that their family frequents, and probably DON'T think to clue us/them in. After all, to people who do not use online forums and haven't benefited from friendships found in this venue....would they even think of it? My own dear husband, knowing the sites I frequent, would probably NOT think to notify anyone here if I suddenly fell ill.....had a serious injury....or heaven forbid died....he'd be too busy attending to the home front.
IF, however, someone FROM one of those sites were to call or email (that's where the safety email might be handy: a spouse, or SO!), then a very simple fix could be found, he'd say what was going on, how long it might be (or that it'd never be again) and that would be that.
My hubby has known me to use online forums for more than 20 years, and STILL I doubt he'd think of contacting them in such an event.