To say the loss of Olivia Newton-John was surprising would be an understatement, but she was not scared to die. The iconic actress and singer had been a household name since Grease came out almost 50 years ago. John passed away Monday, at just 73 years old. And while it was blindsiding to most, John’s own approach to death was something she had just talked about openly before it happened. While reading it may cause a heavy heart, her own approach to both life (and death) is nothing short of remarkable.
In devastating news, Olivia Newton-John had breast cancer that spread to her back in 2018. So when she had been asked about mortality, she had some very powerful things to say. And if we live on through our legacies, hers is not only in her family and friends but in her astounding body of work as well. But Olivia Newton-John let it be known she was not scared to die. It is just the next step in our journeys.
“What I feel about it is extremely personal, so I find it hard to put into words. I believe that we are all part of one thing. I’ve had experiences with — how can I put it? — spirits or spirit life or felt the spirit world or have heard things that I believe there is something that happens. It’s almost like we are parts of a big computer, and we go back to the main battery. I don’t have a definite definition of what it is. Some people call it ‘heaven.’ Some call it ‘the universe.’ I just think there is a great knowingness out there that we become part of. It’s the most unbelievable feeling of love that you’ve ever experienced, and you don’t want to come back. So I’m kind of looking forward to that,” she said, adding with a laugh, “Not now but when it happens.”
Sadly, when it happened was not long after this interview. As ominous as it may sound to speak of one’s death as it happens, she had a very healthy relationship with her faith and showed only poise and strength in the end.
So for any of you feeling too sad, ‘you better shape up!’ Her words, not ours.