When Someone You Love Dies...


Vivian lost her mom when she was 10 (that's her mom Delia, left) and her grandmother Blanca when she was 21. She realized that when she was a kid, grieving was accepted, but as an adult, she was expected to move on quickly from her loss.

It didn't quite feel right, so she created a space, Too Damn Young, where people can share their stories of grief, and also tell tales about the lives of their loved ones.

"When someone dies you focus on the death so much more than on their life," she writes. "Here’s my attempt to do the opposite." We are so into articles like Don't ask me how my dad died, ask me how he lived and Books for Teen Grief, plus the #TellUsAboutThem hashtag. It's a space to share sadness and joy, and they welcome contributors with writing prompts and this message: "How you live through your loss is what brings an entire army of grievers together." Right on.