Brinnon writer’s essay on grieving in ‘Kaleidoscope’ issue

BRINNON — “If I wasn’t going to take medication, Sarah suggested a bereavement support group. The hospital hosted one, a long distance from my home but close to my mother’s hospice. Crying lessons, I called it. I would learn how to cry.”

Brinnon writer Kirie Pedersen illuminates the stages of grief after her mother and father died — just a year apart — and how “surrending to sadness” allowed Pedersen to shake a lifelong yoke of depression in her essay, “How to Cry.”

Her creative nonfiction essay was selected for publication in the 75th issue of ”Kaleidoscope: Exploring the Experience of Disability through Literature and the Fine Arts” among more than 350 submissions, according to a news release.

The issue can be read free online at kaleidoscope.aspx. Pedersen’s essay appears on pages 27 to 31.

“I live and write on the property on which I was born and raised,” Pedersen said in a news release.

She also has been published in the Mount Hope, Cease Cows, Ginosko and Eclectica literary journals.

She also received an Ink Award for nonfiction from Magnolia Review.

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