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What Happens When Jedi Die?

What Happens When Jedi Die?

All Jedi become one with the Force upon death. But, there are some (and some Sith), that find a way to come back stronger than ever. 

(And they love to troll the ones left behind)! Despite their amazing abilities, Jedi, Sith, and every Force user remain mortal.

The Jedi tend to accept this gracefully as they know they’ll be one with the Force. The Sith rarely do so but, all Force users should come with a warning.

“If you strike me down, I’ll become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” (Obi-Wan Kenobi to Darth Vader).

What Happens When Jedi Die?

For most Jedi, it’s simply passing and becoming one with the Force, adding their light to it and vanishing. 

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For those who are strong with the Force, (and received special training), can retain their identities and come back as a Force ghost.


Qui-Gon Jinn is the first Jedi who had this training (though he didn’t master it); he would later teach it to Yoda and his former apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The process involves turning every cell into Force energy, which would make the body disappear and allow the Jedi to become a ghost.

Those who master it can interact with the world and the Force, (within reason). In the original trilogy, we see Obi-Wan guide Luke Skywalker.

Yoda took it a step further by causing a lightning bolt to hit the tree containing the ancient Jedi texts. 

Force Ghost Yoda Scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

What Happens To The Force When A Jedi Dies?

Nothing. Everything. A single Jedi is like a drop of water in the ocean. Beautiful, but nothing once it hits.

The Force surrounds everything and binds it together. From the smallest plant to the tallest building. 

Even when a Jedi becomes a Force ghost, there’s no real effect on the Force itself. The only time this changes is when many Jedi, (Sith, other Force users, and non- Force users) die at once.

We see this happen twice in the movies (and once in the Clone Wars animation). Yoda senses Order 66 and only has seconds to defend himself. (Many clones were conflicted about the order, which aided some of the Jedi to escape).

Star Wars The Clone Wars Yoda's Vision of Order 66

The fear, pain, and confusion aided the Dark side, but the Light continued to shine. 

How Are Jedi Buried?

Most Jedi are not buried. They usually receive a pyre and their ashes are dealt with according to the Jedi’s wishes.

There’s a risk in burying a Force user, especially one that was trained. The Force is said to grow stronger in the graves.

This leads to many attempting to rob them and use the power for their own means. Jedi graves can be either simple or elaborate, depending on the Jedi’s rank and the planet they’re on.

Can a Jedi Come Back To Life?

Anakin uses The Daughter's life essence to bring Ahsoka back to life

No. Not on their own and even if they could possess someone, they wouldn’t want to. Ahsoka Tano is the only Jedi to come back to life.

But this was due to Anakin Skywalker working with the Father, to channel the Daughter’s remaining life energy into Ahsoka. (I have a theory about what this could mean in the future).

That said, there was almost a canon resurrection. In an early script for The Return Of The Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi was supposed to come back to life somehow, and help Luke defeat Palpatine and Darth Vader.

(Not sure how that was going to work, but it would have been awesome to see)! Yoda would have shown up as well, and he would have told Palpatine that many Jedi were alive.

Other Points Of Interest

Luke Skywalker tells Rey that all of the previous Jedi live on in her. (Does this mean she’s the Avatar)?

Sith ghosts are real and are sometimes more dangerous than a living Sith. (This also gives us more reason to stay away from the Dark side)!

Sith ghosts are real

In Conclusion

For Jedi, death doesn’t mean the end. Merely a transfer to the Force and, for some, a way to continue to guide the next generation.

Before I end this, I want to share this video about a (possible) new trilogy. I don’t know if it’s still in the works or if this is a fan-made project.

But if it is true. I would love to see it happen. The idea of having Anakin Skywalker back along with Luke, is too cool to miss!

I hope Palpatine stays dead. I didn’t like his part of the sequel trilogy, and overall, it felt cheap. If we must bring back a Sith lord, then I’d like to see a different one.

Like Darth Bane or Reven. Someone new that I can nerd out to my heart’s content. Thank you for reading and may the Force be with you.

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