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. Jaidin

    January 22, 2017 at 7:06 am

    I just had a dream that I was running through a small town that appeared to be filled with ghosts. in the dream I was very afraid until a man who looked kind of like slender man came and was leading me through the village. When he first came to me he whispered the line “you need help” it may have also been “do you need help?” But I don’t remember much.

    Along the way he would stop and collect small amounts of change off of window sills. I had to pay him as well when I first met him with some change that was conveniently in my pocket. For a while he kept avoiding the ghosts until he stopped and told me something along the lines of ‘you just need to say goodbye’ and three figures appeared that looked like patterned dolls. I got the felling they were elderly people that had died naturally and so I went and gave them each a hug and said goodbye. As i hugged the last one I called her “grandma” and then she told me that she was in fact my grandma. Who in real life is still very much alive. I was shocked and started crying and the dream ended. It’s been bothering me since i got up and I’d like to know what it means.

    • web admin

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      January 22, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      The dream shows that you may feel afraid. Things may be happening in real life that you feel like you need to escape from, and you do not think that there is anyone who has your best interests at heart. The last part may represent that you are afraid that you could lose your Grandma some day, and it would obviously be upsetting. It is also possible that your dream is just a blend of the things that you have seen in horror movies–it is actually quite normal to start dreaming about the shows, books and movies that you see. Whatever the case, it only shows what is going on in your subconscious and cannot represent what is or will happen in real life, so don’t worry about it.

  2. Megan

    January 21, 2017 at 1:59 am

    I had a dream i took my 10yr old son out of town for some christmas activity. My son ran off to pay with some kids and when i went to go find him, he had marks on his face and told me somebody, am adult female, had hit him. An old best friend of mine was with me, who i haven’t really spoken to in years, and we went and found the woman, who was a stanger, and beat her up. Somehow later i got separated from my friend and my son and i remember frantically looking for them all over this town which was foreign to me. I found my friend a while later, without my son, and she was crying. I kept asking ” where is he, where is he?” and she had a lost look her eyes, didn’t say anything and just kept crying and blowing kisses. That of course made me even more frantic! A man took me to A local hospital and my son wasn’t there. Leaving the hospital, i saw a little boy in the distance and ran to him thinking he was my son but he wasn’t and i asked him does he know my son and he pointed somewhere and when i looked i saw an ambulace and i saw my baby boy being covered up by a sheet. I ran to the ambulance and pulled my son into my arms but he was gone. Paramedic said he had died from a fever and bleeding in his brain. Then i woke up in s panic, was actually crying in my sleep! I ran to my sons room and kissed all over him whole he was sleeping! Now here i am, terrified to go back to sleep! It felt so real, and im petrified about it! If something ever happened to my son, i couldn’t go on!

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 22, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      These dreams seem to show a fear that something will happen to your son and that someone else could hurt him. The last part of the dream is an extreme way to show your fear for your son. While it felt real, it is highly, highly unlikely that this will happen. Parents often have dreams like these because they love their children so much that they are constantly afraid that something could happen to happen. Because of this fear, they have the dreams. While it is not enjoyable to experience, it only occurs because of your deep feelings for your son.

  3. Shanely

    January 18, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I used to have dreams about my friend dying and they went away after he stopped talking about suicide and then yesterday him and another one of our friends talked about it and he had said he tried it and I get scared easily when it comes to him and I had another dreams about him dying last night… what does it mean?

    • web admin

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      January 19, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      You should speak with your friends about not joking about suicide. They need to have real discussions about their worries that they are having. If they are unwilling to talk with you about their problems, then they should not be talking about suicide to you. Be there for them, but do not allow yourself to be drawn down because they are refusing to talk to you. Allow these dreams to fade away. You need to focus on the positive parts of life, not the negative parts. Good luck, Shanely!

  4. Carols

    January 17, 2017 at 9:34 am

    My wife’s mom just passed away a couple weeks ago she woke up this morning saying she dreamed her dad died and said she Didint want him to die how Can I help put her mind at ease I don’t want her to be scared about loosing another parent

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      web admin

      January 17, 2017 at 10:42 am

      This is a common occurrence. Loss, especially of a parent, may cause additional concerns. What she is feeling is normal. It would be best of her to try to spend additional time with her father at this time. You should simply be there for her emotionally. Try to not argue with her about things that come up in the future. Support her in every way that you can. Best wishes, Carols!

  5. Laura Audrey

    January 12, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Last night I had a dream about a person whom I do not talk to often anymore. I went to high school, with this person years ago. I no longer have contact with him but in my dream my best friend was telling me how he passed away. He was one of my close friends back then so I began to cry. I somehow woke up in my dream and in the that dream my best friend told me that he had passed away. I replied to her that I had dreamt of her telling me of his passing and it was his way of saying goodbye. When I woke up I felt very uncomfortable. What could this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 12, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Your dream may be a reflection of many inputs that you have had in your recent life. If you want to speak with this person, then send them a message. However, you may find that allowing this dream to fade away will allow your mind to relax. Whenever you think of this dream, remember that people die and that it would be beneficial for you to treat people with compassion and kindness at all times. Have a great day, Laura!

  6. michael

    December 27, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I have dreams of deaths. Of the exact moment in time I see it take place. The ones I dream about die in the same exact way in my dream. I can look at a piece of mail and know what’s in it before it’s opened. I know what’s going to happen on some occasions in life kinda like dajafu. I need help understanding why.

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 28, 2016 at 11:08 am

      That is an intense skill to have. Some people seem to be more in tune with the world around them, and you often have a closer connection to the people that you are closest to. Perhaps this is the reason why you can tell when something bad is or is about to happen to your loved ones. What a crazy experience to have though!


    December 25, 2016 at 7:00 am


    • web admin

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      December 25, 2016 at 9:35 am

      It is never a bad idea to be cautious, but this is probably just a coincidence. You have had these dreams before, so it is normal for you to have them. They just show your fear that something could happen to your sister. You are close, so she may have picked up on your fear and dreamed that she had an accident. Or, it could just be a coincidence that she had a bad dream on the same day that you had another death dream. Whatever the case, dreams can only show your own thoughts, feelings, memories and fears, so I would not read too much into them yet.

  8. Kevy

    December 24, 2016 at 10:48 pm


    i dreamed about my mother talking to this woman, i couldn’t tell who she was, but she seemed like a fortune teller.

    the woman said something like ” you will be divorced, and it will not be his fault, but yours. ” i’ve been thinking about this line a lot, because my parent’s are in a “weird” relationship, but nothing that would cause a divorce.

    moving on though, as the dream progressed, the woman did not say anything about my mother dying, but i could somehow understand what she meant, and right after, two rectangles formed like calender’s without numbers appeared, it didn’t show anything on it, but somehow i could understand what it meant and figured out that it represented the numbers 19-3. i thought it would be the timeline of my mother’s death ( december 19- jan 3 )… im not entirely sure

    what also happened, is that i remember seeing a small girl infront of me, i think i was following her but what was weird, was that she was spinning around chains while she was walking, and beside me while i was following her seemed to be prisoners… i immediately woke up after that

    if you don’t understand me so far that’s fine, heres TLDR version of what happened
    i was with my mother somewhere, she was talking to a woman who possibly talks about my mothers divorce, then the women without saying anything, somehow “said” that my mother would die, and two calenders without numbers represented 19-3. then, i was following a little girl who was spinning around chains in what seems to be like a prison…

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 25, 2016 at 9:33 am

      You said that your parents have an odd relationship in real life, so it seems like your subconscious just used this memory and feeling to make the dream. Fearing the death of a loved one is normal, so this aspect of the dream just shows that you love your mother and want her to always be with her. As for the last part of the dream, it could represent a desire to go back to a childhood where you are unencumbered by the responsibilities and obligations that chain you down in your present life.

  9. Patricia Larue

    December 23, 2016 at 6:34 am

    I dreamed about a celebrity dying in my arms. I was trying to give him his medication but he wouldn’t take it. He started sweating and died in my arms. When I looked over his shoulder I saw people I knew comming for him. Please tell me what this mean.

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 23, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Your dream may be a reflection of your feelings for this celebrity. You may care for this person and you may be concerned about their actions. The other people may be manifestations of other people who care for this person. Allow your dream to stay with you in the future. If you see anyone who is in need of help or who is suffering, then remember this dream and take positive action to help them. Thank you for commenting, Patricia!

  10. Ron

    December 12, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    I have had dreams in the past where I have been killed, i am in law enforcement so the dreams almost always involved a crime taking place and me trying to intervene. I never looked much into the dreams other than to make me even more aware and cautious.

    My best friend said he had two dreams last week (separate nights) one in which I was shot and killed and the other in which I was shot and laid up in the hospital, he said that he saw more men coming to “finish the job” and was trying to seek help. Makes me think.

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 13, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      Your dreams are certainly a reflection about your concerns about your job. If you have shared your dreams with your best friend, then he may also have been having such thoughts that manifested in his dreams. If you find that you are becoming concerned about these dreams, then perhaps speak with your fellow officers. See if you are not alone. If these dreams are common, then it may be beneficial for your emotional health you allow them to fade into the past. Remain mindful as you move forward. Have a great week, Ron!

  11. Israel Morgan

    December 5, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I dreamed about two people I don’t know dying but then it would go to a different scenario a different place and start all over again I wake up fall back asleep and you do it again and again all over again and keep starting back in a different place same people and it felt like someone that was close to me because in my dreams I was screaming and I was crying but I don’t know who these people are but they’re both getting killed off and on different ways different places and just it hurt me for some reason it still bothers me that I never even awake what does this mean

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 5, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Your dream may be a reflection of your empathy for those suffering throughout the world. Allow this dream to fill you with the energy that you need to take action. Perhaps try to support and care for those people that you find in your real life who need help. Maybe take action with charitable organizations. It is clear that you have a strong sense of care, so use it. Make the world a better place. Have a great week, Israel!

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