Keanu Reeves’ viral answer to age old question of what happens after we die will make you think twice

After appearing on “The Late Show,” and answering host Stephen Colbert’s question about what happens to people after they die — Keanu Reeves has become a viral sensation.


At first, the question was met with laughter from the audience but it was Reeves’ response that left everyone feeling all the feels.

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“I know the ones who love us will miss us,” Reeves said.

At multiple times throughout his career, Reeves has worked through tragic trauma.

In the same year “The Matrix” became a global hit, his girlfriend, Jennifer Syme, lost their baby girl in a stillborn birth.

Two years later, Syme then died in a tragic car accident in Los Angeles.

At the time of her death, Reeves was readying up for “The Matrix” sequels at the time and took a step back from the public eye to grieve in private.

In just two days, the actor’s comments on “The Late Show,” garnered over five million views and counting on Twitter.

Reeves at the time was speaking to Colbert to promote his latest action flick “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.”

The action franchise is hitting the summer movie season with Reeves playing John Wick since the original film back in 2014.

He is not dismissing a fourth movie either.

“Yeah, knock on wood. Fingers crossed,” Reeves shared with Uproxx earlier in the month. “For me it would just be depending on the story and who’s the director. I love the role, so I’d love to play it.”

“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” reviews have been across the board very strong.

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David Ehrlich, IndieWire’s senior film critic, said the movie was a “breathtakingly violent spectacle,” giving it a B review.

“This is easily the best action franchise Hollywood has going these days outside of ‘Mission: Impossible,’” he wrote, “and it would be great for it to keep going with renewed focus.”

But back to the question that is always in the back of everyone’s mind: what exactly does happen to our bodies after we pass on?

Different teachings give different answers.

People who have had near-death experiences and lived describe what they saw and felt while according to religious beliefs, philosophies and other theories offer concepts about the after life.

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Those who have survived clinical death have reported a range of feelings, from sleep-like nothingness, to a floating sensation in the sky or the famous tunnel heading toward a bright light.

Others have experienced seeing and speaking with loved ones who had also passed away and well as out-of-body experiences where they could see what was happening in the room where they were pronounced clinically dead.

So what do all of these sensations have in common?

They each are sensations of freedom from the corporeal body.

The term “corporeal,” refers to “relating to a person’s body, especially as opposed to their spirit.”

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In near-death experiences, the corporeal body is no longer a disturbance so people feel as if they belong to something other than what they identified as their body.

That being said, the mind continues to work and process this corporeal information but differently.

These experiences reveal a boundary between our corporeal life and its death — a boundary where we end our contact with information we once received through our body, mind and corporeal senses.

To learn more about the different theories of life beyond death, click here.

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