Why Reese Witherspoon Is Not Scared of Death

Death is an inevitable part of human life, and every person has their own way of dealing with it. Of course, some people also find themselves fearing death for as long as they live.

For Reese Witherspoon, there is nothing really scary about death. The actress recently shared that she actually has no worries about the end of her life. Read on below to find out her reasoning.

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Reese Witherspoon is very religious

Witherspoon was born in New Orleans, Lousiana, and raised in Tennessee. She is an Episcopalian and has been open about how the religious community she grew up with shaped her life.

She told People in 2009, as reported by the Daily Mail: “[Church] takes you out of your personal experience and universalizes it. You understand that whatever you’re dealing with, someone in that room has either dealt with that same thing or will in the future. We are all struggling to figure out what life is about, we are all just looking for answers.”

It has been reported that Witherspoon still attends Episcopalian church services in Los Angeles.

Witherspoon revealed how religion helps her deal with death

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Witherspoon’s faith seems to have allowed her to deal with problems that arise in life, and death is no exception.

The 44-year-old recently shared with the Los Angeles Times that she has no fear about dying because she believes there is an afterlife.

“There’s a time and a purpose and a place, and I don’t fear death, because I know there’s heaven. I know it,” she said. “My daughter asked me that the other day, and I’m like, ‘I don’t know. I just know. I believe deeply that there’s a higher power — and I don’t know what that is — but I just don’t fear dying.”

Witherspoon also spoke about death in 2016 on Netflix’s show Chelsea with Chelsea Handler. As reported by ET, she revealed that she believes going to heaven involves getting “an angel and the wings and a halo.”

Witherspoon used to worry about many things when she was younger

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It seems death was never a huge worry for Witherspoon. However, she has admitted that, like many people, she had a lot of worries about other things when she was younger. Earlier this year, she told Hello! that she is currently “having the time of my life,” but this was not always the case many years ago.

“I feel much more centred now, compared to when I was younger,” she said, according to Telagana Today. “I used to be worried all the time and so concerned with, ‘Am I a good actor? Do people take me seriously? Am I funny? Am I not funny?’ Now, I’m just calm.”

Part of Witherspoon’s contentment about life seems to be the exciting projects she is taking on. She co-founded a production company called Hello Sunshine, which turns women-centric novels into movies and series. It has been the force behind successful films like Wild (2014) and Gone Girl (2014) as well as shows like Big Little Lies, The Morning Show, and Little Fires Everywhere.