I firmly believe she died and this is why: Moments before Jack dies, he tells Rose that she is going to go on, live a long fulfilling life and “die old in her bed” — James Cameron is foreshadowing the entire meaning of the ending right there (I know it’s all too perfect that she dies exactly like Jack predicted but this is a movie after all). If James Cameron didn’t want Rose to reunite with Jack in the final scene, he could have simply ended the movie right after we’ve seen the antique picture of her riding on the horse with the roller coasters in the background, hinting to the fact that she kept her promise and did all those things she promised to do with Jack (live her life to the fullest, etc) and finally let the credits roll. Instead we are shown a reunion — what was the purpose of that if not to show the audience that Rose’s life was finally complete and her soul went right back where it truly belonged? In her heaven with the man who changed her life and she can finally pick up where she left off with him. (Plus if you pay attention to the passengers visible in that scene, all apart from Rose are the ones who perished on the night of the sinking which can be indicative for Rose reuniting in ‘heaven’ with all the lost souls of the Titanic). With this reunion, the story comes to a full close and in a somewhat bittersweet way, Jack and Rose finally have a happy ending where social barriers don’t matter. Where they can love each other in front of everyone without shame and death cannot divide them any longer.
Also, another thing that leads to believe she died: the movie ends with the camera panning over the glass dome which turns into a bright white light. You know how they say when you die you see a bright light at the end of the tunnel? Well I feel like that was James Cameron’s way of telling us that Rose saw the bright light and she passed over to the other side.
You can choose what kind of tree you want to become
Idk I just find this beautiful
just imagine cemeteries looking like this
a forest of living, changing, beautiful trees. I think a tombstone represents finality in death while a tree represents the continuation of life. It’s like you are living on symbolically through something greater than yourself. Each tree in a forest is a soul.