The actress talks about the recent death of Nancy Motes from an apparent drug overdose.

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Julia Roberts is opening up about the death of her half-sister, Nancy Motes, who died in February.

"It's just heartbreak," she says in an interview withWSJ. Magazine. "It's only been 20 days. There aren't words to explain what any of us have been through in these last 20 days. It's hour by hour some days, but you just keep looking ahead."

Motes, who was 37, died of an apparent drug overdose.

"You don't want anything bad to happen to anyone, but there are so many tragic, painful, inexplicable things in the world," Roberts says. "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," she adds.

Her family has found some comfort, Roberts says, by meditating.

"Meditation or chanting or any of those things can be so joyous and also very quieting. We share and just say, 'This is a way I comfort myself.'"

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