Jane Fonda Reveals Her Unique Thoughts on Dying

by Matthew Wilson

Death has long been one of life’s greatest mysteries and biggest questions. Like most people, actor Jane Fonda has her own beliefs on the hereafter. The “Grace and Frankie” actor doesn’t believe that loved ones leave when they depart.

Instead, she believes they remain behind spiritually and energetically. In that way, they never truly die. On a guest appearance on  “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” the 83-year-old discussed growing older and her thoughts on dying.

“I think that you remain energetically with the people that loved you, which is why it’s so important to be loved than to love,” she said. “If people love you, then you remain in their memory energetically.”

A person in her own life that she feels is close to her is her father. She can feel him close to her even though he has passed away.

“You know, I feel my father around me quite often, energetically,” Fonda said. But the actor admitted that she also still had a lot of living left to do. “The more you can be intentional about how you’re living, the better. You can’t make your life longer, but you can make it deeper … by being intentional.”

Jane Fonda on Life And Power

In a previous interview earlier this year, Jane Fonda also reflected on her life and her career. In addition to acting, Fonda also spent her life as an activist specifically in the 1970s. She admitted that she’s not afraid of dying. But she does have a few regrets as well.

“I realized that I’m not afraid of dying but I’m afraid of having regrets,” she told Harper’s Bazaar in March. “It wasn’t until I was finally single at 62 that I began to feel whole, feel that I was where I was supposed to be.”

Fonda admittedly had some regrets as a parent. She wished she would have been a more active participant in her children’s lives when they were growing up. But the actor doesn’t like to dwell in the past.

“I don’t think I’ve said this to him, so I feel a little weird, but anyway, that’s the reality. Watching my son be a parent, I think, ‘God, I just wish I had done that,’ Fonda said. “And then I realize if I had done that I would not have become who I became. There has to be an in-between way, but I’ve never been an in-between kind of person.”

Finally, the actor commented on going into her third act of life. She’s found power within her to tackle life and all of its facets.

“Power has to come from inside. It has to come from knowing who you are, why you’re on earth, what is the meaning of your life. That’s power. If it’s all about armor, possessions, and weapons, that’s not power. That’s other things,” Fonda said. “And it helped me understand what to do with my third act, because third acts are scary. It’s not the getting old part. It’s the finiteness of third acts.”