Use Your #TBT to Remember a Loved One Today

Typically on Thursdays, a scroll through Instagram features baby pictures galore. That's because #TBT (or Throwback Thursday) has become a constant trend in social media. Tying into this theme, Too Damn Young has decided to declare today, Dec. 4, as Remembrance Day. It's a day for teens and young adults who have lost loved ones to remember those individuals in the best light—with a photo accompanied by a sweet or funny memory in the caption.

With the holidays around the corner, it can be a difficult time for grieving teens, because it brings back memories of those who are no longer around. This is exactly why TDY has decided to spin those memories in a positive way, at least for one day. Here's how to participate in this commemorative #TBT:

  1. Find a photo of you with someone you loved and lost, or any photo that reminds you of them
  2. Share the image on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) using the hashtag #HeyIMY (or "Hey I Miss You") and tag @2DamnYoung
  3. Use the caption to share a sweet or funny memory you have with this person.

* If you don't have any old photos or prefer not to use them, you can also get in on this initiative by sharing one of the images below. It's an easy way to encourage your own  followers to join in as well! Click an image to enlarge.

To learn more about Too Damn Young, head over to their website. It's an online resource and community for any teens who know what it's like to lose a loved one. There are resources, as well as opportunities for teens to get involved and share personal essays.

For more about this topic, be sure to check out “The Secret World of Grief” story from the March 2014 issue of Choices—a health, well-being, and life skills magazine for middle and high school students.