What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone Dying?

By on January 21, 2016

Death is unfortunately just another part of life. Like birth, it is a stage that happens in everyone’s life. In addition, everyone holds in common the trait of dreaming at night. Dreams are thought to show that your mind is healthy and interacting around you. When you get enough sleep at night, you will dream even if you do not remember the dreams. During some of these dreams, you may experience a loved one or someone else dying. Although this can be terrifying to experience during the dream, it is generally not a sign that someone is going to die. Instead, death is normally interpreted as one of the following dream meanings.

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What Does Mean When You Dream About Someone Dying?

Dreams related to death can be extremely intense and traumatic to experience. You may wake up feeling panicked or worried about your loved one who died in the dream. Although this can be stressful to experience, it is normally not a sign that you should panic. There are many possible reasons why you may dream about death at night.

You Feel Afraid

Fear and feelings of being afraid are extremely common themes for your dreams. You may feel afraid of losing someone, and that could be the reason why you are dreaming of death. Likewise, death-related dreams may be caused by terrible childhood memories or phobias of water, public speaking, heights or similar things. Your mind is imprinted by the fears that you have, and your subconscious brings up this sensation of fear during your dreams.

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Feelings of Guilt

After a terrible experience, you may feel guilty about your role or your lack of a role. Even if you were not involved in the situation, you may feel guilty about not being able to help. This is especially true after the death of a loved one. Even though there is no reason for you to feel guilty, it is common for these types of feelings to develop. When this happens, you may continue to have dreams about death.


You Feel Betrayed

One of the common reasons for seeing death in a dream is because you feel betrayed. You may dream that the person or people who betrayed you die for their betrayal. In this case, the dream is a sign that you want vengeance and remain upset by their actions.

Your Personality Is Incomplete

Sometimes, there are people who have too much control in your life. If a loved one is domineering and makes decisions for you, you may feel that they are dying as a way for your subconscious to escape from their control.

There Is a Psychological Disturbance

Your mind is not intended to be in a constant state of stress. When you experience a traumatic situation, you can experience psychological and emotional disturbances for a long time afterward. Long-term psychological disturbances can end up taking root within your subconscious mind. When you fall asleep at night, these negative feelings intermingle with your dreams to create thoughts of death or other traumatic situations.


A dream of death can be an indication of transformations in your normal life. In a way, death is a type of rebirth, so it is often a sign of a figurative or literal rebirth in real life. Like the phoenix, your new habits, relationships and goals are rising out of the ashes of your past. As a result, you may experience dreams about death when you are suddenly experiencing major changes and transformations in your real life.

A Fear of Loss

Even if you do not have a traumatic event or negative feelings in your current life, that does not stop you from fearing loss. When you love someone, it is normal to fear losing them. This fear is replayed in your dreams by the person, loved one or family member actually dying. Don’t worry though—it is not a sign of the future or what is currently happening to them.


You Could Be Pregnant

Although there is no proof of this idea, a number of people have reported dreaming of death before or right after they get pregnant. This may be due to a more literal interpretation of death as a type of rebirth.

You Are Not Living Up to Your Potential

When you are not fulfilling your dreams and living up to your potential, you may feel guilty or unhappy. These feelings may result in you dreaming that you or someone else dies in the dream.


At a very basic level, dreams of death could be a sign that you feel worthless, unhappy or exceptionally negative. These feelings cause your dreams to take a negative turn until you can become confident and happier in your normal life.


Instead of dreaming about someone dying, you may dream about someone who is already dead. One interpretation of this dream is that you feel like you are surrounded by people who do not really understand you. It could also mean that you are experiencing a material or personal loss that is effecting your outlook on the world.

Dead siblings in a dream is typically a sign that you miss spending time with your siblings. Meanwhile, dreaming of a dead parent or loved one talking to you is often a sign that you are trying to work through their death and come to terms with it. Dreams are often indications of what is going on in your mind, so they show that you are consciously or subconsciously concerned about a loved one who recently passed away.

If you see someone that is already dead, it is normally a sign that you miss that person. These dreams often occur around important anniversaries or during times when you are more likely to think about the person. Parents may also dream about a lost child because they want to keep them in their hearts. They may also dream about the child as an adult or graduating high school because they wish that they could see them grow up and have a happy life.


  1. Scott

    May 25, 2017 at 7:37 am

    I have an occurring dream where I see someone on a hospital bed dying.Next to the bed is 3/5 kids about 10 years older than now and smart looking. My eldest and youngest are missing from each dream. It’s always the same dream and same scenario. Not sure if it is me on the bed or my dad who is on the bed as the face is always distorted.

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 25, 2017 at 9:41 am

      The dream may represent your fear that someone could be taken away from you. You may fear that your father could die some day, so you had this type of scenario happen in the dream. Death can also be a sign of transformation, so it could mean that you feel as if your relationship with your father is constantly changing. If it is you that is dying on the dream, then it sounds like the dream is a sign that you realize your relationship with your children changes as they grow older, and you are sad to watch them grow out of their youth.

  2. William Carter

    May 25, 2017 at 12:36 am

    I had a dream last night that my ex girlfriend who has been my ex for many years died. What does this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 25, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Death is often a sign of transformation in dreams. In this case, it may be an indication that you finally feel ready to completely let go of the memories that you have had of her in the past and move on in life. It most likely does not mean anything about her future, so don’t worry.

  3. Mel Monaco

    May 24, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Wow. I’m so relived last night I had a dream that my dad my best friend died by falling off a building. Then I saw his angel on a power line when I looked back he was gone. I wrote a book about his death then has a flashback of when we went to an arcade and had so much fun. I woke up worried. When I read online (may die) I panicked I cried. I said ” so he is to young.” Crying I read this.. ugh I think I had this dream because I haven’t been in touch with him last time I sw him was a month ago

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 25, 2017 at 9:17 am

      You are probably right about your dream interpretation, and don’t worry–it is unlikely that he is going to die anytime soon. Good luck and thanks for commenting, Mel Monaco!

  4. Mercy Muthoni

    May 23, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    I have woken up thirty minutes ago and cried alot.this is after i had a drea my dad dying because of heart attack. it just hapenned that he had finished his medicines and so my mum had to go 40km away to a hospital where the medicines could be available. when my mum left i knew my dad couldnt survive so i went to my parents bedroom where he was. i found him in lose of breath and we had our last words where i told him i love him and he told me he loves me and urged me to take up his responsibilities. i cried because am 4 months pregnant and i want my dad to see my child grow

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 24, 2017 at 9:48 am

      When you have dreams when you are pregnant, they are often extremely vivid and lucid. This sounds like one of those dreams. It most likely happened because you love your father and fear that something could happen to him someday, and you won’t be able to stop it. With the birth of your son, you may also be subconsciously working through your own mortality and a desire to give your son a stable family and home. Death is often a sign of transformation in dreams, so his death could just reflect that your world is transforming with the birth of your son and your relationships will naturally transform as well.

  5. Jaykay

    May 19, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    I had a dream where my 2sons died. 3years and 2years respectively. I woke up startled and somehow slept again,I still had another dream again but this time it was about my 2nd son,the year old dying.i had these dreams the same night.I’m so scared. What does this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 20, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      These dreams represent a fear that you will lose your children. This is a natural fear to have whenever you love someone. Death is often a sign of transformation or change, so you may also have these dreams because you are watching your boys grow up and realize that they are transforming into new, miniature adults before your eyes.

  6. Gelaiito

    May 15, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Hello i have a dream awhile ago about my grandma. In my dreams she took to the hospital ang she died there after that i was waiting on the church my mother where there my relatives are there also we all crying and after the mass i go and walk to my grandma. She is lying on casket however she is still talking with happy face saying “dont cry im okey” and we like crying. But i remember im holding tablet and like she just video herself. Then i wake up and cry alot. Im bothered. Bdcause the last time i dream 3 times about dying someone they become true. Last 4 months my uncle die and the tso days before he die even im not asleep it flashback on my kind. And now it show up again. Same as before. Pls answer me

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 16, 2017 at 10:15 am

      It is normal to fear losing someone that you love, so this dream is probably just because of that fear. This is especially true since you had the dream before and people died. You may be afraid that it will happen again, so you dreamed about it. With that said, there is no harm in spending more time with your grandma. We never know how long we have on this earth, so it is important to spend as much time as possible with loved ones.

  7. Maria

    May 13, 2017 at 11:17 am

    So I had a dream a while ago and just brushed it off and started thinking about it recently, it goes like this: I was home but my house was completely different but in the dream I knew it was my house, I also live with my parents. A murderer broke into my house and started chancing us, our house had an elevator and me and my mom ran in (only me and my mom were home) As the doors where closing the murderer grabbed my mom and started punching and bashing her skull in, there was blood and everything, and I just stood there, not out of fright or anything like that I just stood there and felt nothing, I watched my mom get her skull bashed in and just watched with no emotion, I didn’t even feel guilty. The murderer was wearing a mask and he looked at me, I pressed the button and went to hide up stares. I got this weird looking object that would work as a weapon and went into the basement. And right when the murderer was walking in I woke up. I wasn’t panicked or anything, I just sad in bed and thought it over and a kept thinking about how I stood there looking at my moms body with no feeling, I didn’t feel scared or upset, I was just watching. Now me and my mom have the strongest and best connection ever, I love her to death and she always does things for me and she trusts me and I trust her. Now I had another dream last night, My best friend Anna, asked me to kill her. I don’t remember why or anything but there were stares and we were standing on the top and there was fire on the bottom, she looked at me and was crying telling me to kill her and just do it! So I looked at her sadly and just pushed her down and she burned. And I tried to cry and find a reason too but I just couldn’t cry about her, I wanted to and would try myself to force myself to cry but I didn’t actually cry. Some more information about me is that I have been through a traumatic experience when I was little, I was molested and im not sure if I was raped or not. I am ok now and accept it and I don’t feel like a victim or anything, I think maybe that’s it but why now and why am I not feeling anything in these dreams? I am so close to my best friend and she never betrayed me and same goes with my mother, I love her so much she trusts me so much and I never let her down, I dont feel like I need to listen to her I want to because she is an amazing mom.

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 14, 2017 at 9:23 am

      You may feel like there is an outside force or individual who could harm your family. It is also that you just feel afraid that something like this could happen and hurt the people around you. You may not know how you would respond, which is why you responded so apathetically in the dream. It probably doesn’t mean that you want these things to happen; only that you are afraid that something like this could happen. Past trauma has a habit of bringing things up like this in dreams, so it could be from your past.

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