You read that your sister’s body—a towel still knotted around her neck— was found dressed in a nightie, panties, and one slipper. You are wearing a nightie, panties, and slippers as you read it. The words safe and trusting pop into your head.
Ona Gritz is the author of five books, including the ebook memoir, On the Whole: A Story of Mothering and Disability (Shebooks, 2014) and the poetry collection, Geode, which was a finalist for the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. Her essays have appeared in The Utne Reader, MORE magazine, the Bellingham Review, Brain Child, New York Family Magazine, and, most recently, The Truth of Memoir: How to Write about Yourself and Others with Honesty, Emotion, and Integrity by Kerry Cohen. Ona is a columnist for Literary Mama and poetry editor, along with her husband Daniel Simpson, for Referential Magazine. She is currently at work on a memoir, Everywhere I Look, about her sister.