"You don't want anything bad to happen to anyone, but there are so many tragic, painful, inexplicable things in the world," she said. "But (as with) any situation of challenge and despair, we must find a way, as a family. It's so hard to formulate a sentence about it outside the weepy huddle of my family."
Nancy Motes was found dead on 9 February
Julia has found solace with her husband Danny Moder, and their three children; nine-year-old twins Finn and Hazel, and six-year-old Henry.
She also finds a sense of calm from meditating or chanting — and is keen to share that with her brood.
"Meditating or chanting or any of those things can be so joyous and also very quieting," the star said. "We share and just say, 'This is a way I comfort myself'."