Julia Berg

...forever in our hearts

Welcome to the Julia Berg Website

         We sometimes wonder ourselves why we have this site, now fourteen years  after Julia died. Those of us who knew and loved Julia don’t need this  to remind us that she was a bright light in our lives. Our wider circle  of friends knows and trusts that we will never forget her, and they  continue to be gentle with us as we navigate our loss.

          It seems that most people who find this site are searching for some  other Julia Berg (and, judging by the source domains, there must be lots  of Julia Bergs in China, Russia, Germany and Australia). But a  surprising number stay to read “About Julia” or some of the “Tributes”  that we’ve posted.

         The website gives us a place to share  our thoughts, and to catalogue some of the proactive efforts we’ve made  to salvage something from our loss, addressing the risks of medical  error. There is always a spike in visits around Julia’s birthday (April  21) and the date she died (August 10), so we know that we have some  “followers.” But we’ve avoided making this a blog or an interactive  site—knowing that people will find a way to reach us if they want.

           Whether you are a new visitor or a returning friend, we appreciate your  paying attention. We’ve learned a lot about grief, and the long term  challenge is to move forward, without letting go. The Julia Berg website  helps us find our way. Thank you for indulging us.

                                                                     --Dan Berg and Welcome Jerde, July, 2019


Slideshow with Music

 John Jensen, First Universalist Church, performs the Beatles' "Julia" as the background  to an assortment of photos of Julia, her friends, and her family.  

Our Journey

We miss Julia every day, but we continue to move forward.

  • Hannah graduated from Southwest High School in 2011 and Ithaca College in 2015 with a BS in Cinema and Photography. During college she spent semesters in London and Los Angeles, and backpacked through northern Europe. She taught English for a year in rural Thailand before settling in Burbank CA to pursue a career as a camera operator and technician. 

  • Welcome divides her time among her writing, travel, and part time work at a neighborhood restaurant. She is writing a memoir, currently called Without Julia, about her relationship with Julia, the experience of loss, and the need to carry on. She has led four service/safari trips to Tanzania, leading groups of youth and adults. The next trips are planned for 2020. 

  • Dan retired from The Minneapolis Foundation in 2016. He co-chaired a capital campaign for First Universalist Church in 2017, and remains committed to this community. He is actively involved in the patient safety movement, with a special focus on diagnostic error.