In 1996, my daughter Kirsten Bergh,17, and her dear friend Nina Dietzel, 18, died in an auto accident in New York state, where they were attending a Waldorf High School. I was in that accident. A home vigil was held for them in Harlemville New York, and the Twin Cities Waldorf Community came together here in support and grief. The parent of Nina, Marianne and Dennis Dietzel, and I were carved by grief in the following years, and supported by community and spirit. Many of the experiences of that time and the years following inform our work now.
In April 1997 I published a book of her poetry and art for her memorial as a way to share her spirit with friends and family. This section tells her story
SHE WOULD DRAW FLOWERS is by Kirsten Savitri Bergh. She Would Draw Flowers is her legacy of art and poetry which weaves a rich tapestry of joy, beauty, and inner transformation. She lost her father at 16, and found him inside of her. This book was published for her friends and family as a way to stay connected, but has found a much wider public in the 10 years since it was published. This small volume has sold 10,000 copies and is a special book for many teenagers and adults. It is available Linda Bergh or Anthroposophic Press
From the introduction to the first printing, April 1997:“As a mother, each day facing this unimaginable loss, I question how I might remain connected to my beloved daughter while leaving her free to journey on. I find answers in the poems that Kirsten has left. It is my hope that you will also experience the comfort, inspiration, and hope that these poems continue to awaken in me.”