What Does It Mean When You Dream About Death?

By on January 22, 2016

Death is a reoccurring theme in many dreams. Although it can be terrifying to experience, dreaming about death does not mean that you or a loved one is going to die. Since dreams are created by your subconscious mind, it is impossible for them to predict the future or tell you what is going to happen. Although some people report having their dreams come true, this is most likely due to coincidence and the person’s own role in creating the future. In order to understand why you are having a dream about death, it is important to figure out the underlying cause and trigger for the dream.

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Death is often considered to be a time of rebirth. Although you physically die in one form, your soul is reborn into a new life afterward. This ancient interpretation of death means that your dreams could signify that you are going through a process of self-discovery. You may be making some type of transition in your current life that involves positive transformations, inner changes or spiritual developments.

Often, people may dream about death when they are about the get married, deal with a break up or plan on having children. All of these changes are drastic enough to figuratively “kill” off your old life and give you a new life in its place. For example, it you dream that your ex-boyfriend or current boyfriend has died, it may indicate that your subconscious feels like the relationship is over and you need to move on. Meanwhile, the death of parents (who are currently living), normally means that you are readying for a major change in your life and a break with the old ways.

In some dreams, you may dream that you faked your own death. When this happens, it is an indication that you want to have a rebirth in your current life. You feel unable to make the transformations and changes that you need to. Due to this, your subconscious is trying to force those changes to happen in your dreams. This could also mean that you are ready to take control of your life and work toward your goals unimpeded.


You Are Coping With Death

If you have had a loved one, family member or friend pass away recently, dreaming about death could be just your mind’s way of coping. Your subconscious recognizes the fact that they are gone, and it is trying to naturally work through the process. On occasion, dreaming about death could also mean that you are trying to cope with your own death. Everyone has to die some day, and learning how to handle this idea can be challenging. People do not talk about death, what it is like or how to prepare for it, so your mind becomes accustomed to hiding thoughts about what could happen. Although your conscious mind tries to ignore these thoughts, that does not stop your subconscious from bringing up your preoccupations about death in your dreams.

In addition, it is always possible that your subconscious is preparing for the death of someone that you love. If you have a loved one who is terminally ill, your mind may have dreams about death long before their death actually happens as a way to prepare you consciously for the inevitable.


A Part of You Has Died

As you may have figured out already, many dreams about death are figurative instead of literal. You could metaphorically be dreaming about yourself dying as a sign that your old ways, habits or behavior are being forgotten. If you connect a specific person with a habit, you may dream that that person has died. For example, if you normally use drugs with a fellow addict, dreaming that the addict friend has died is a sign that you want to move on and stop using. When someone is a toxic influence on your life, you may dream that they have died because you want to have them out of your life. Likewise, dreaming of the death of a stranger indicates that you are detached from all of these changes that are happening with you.

A Wake-Up Call

Nothing is more serious than the death of you or someone else. When you dream about death, it is often your mind’s way to catch your attention and tell you that you need to do something. You may be complacent or unhappy in your current life. Whatever the cause, dreaming of death could be a sign that you need to wake up, take action and do something about whatever problems you are experiencing.

Resentment or Vengeance

If someone hurt you or betrayed you in the past, you may dream about them dying. This is generally a reflection of serious resentment against an individual.

You Need an Escape

Sometimes, dreaming about death is just a sign that you want to escape from the stress that you experience every day. You may be overburdened by responsibilities or need to escape from an abusive relationship. Whatever the reason, you need some way to take a break from your current life, even if it has to be during a dream.

You Are Missing Something

It is normal to feel like you are missing out on things in life. When you dream that a loved one has died, it could be due to feelings that you do not have the right characteristic or qualities. For example, if your aunt is known for being empathetic and compassionate, a dream that she dies could be a sign that you wish that you were more empathetic in your normal life. To interpret this type of dream, you have to figure out what characteristic your loved one represents that you feel that you are lacking.


Many people put the needs of their friends and family ahead of their own personal needs. When you dream that your physical self is dying, this can be a sign that you feel like you are always sacrificing yourself in real life. You may put other people’s needs ahead of your own, or you may feel like other people do not appreciate your efforts.


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    June 11, 2019 at 2:22 am

    so i had a dream where i was told i was gonna die in a year. two guys came to me, i guess they were some sort of doctors or like medical assistants, they said i will die in a year, if i won’t be taking some pills that they were showing me. which doesn’t make a sense to me, because i’m not sick in any way and i don’t need to take any kind of pills or vitamins. and mind you, those pills looked like those activated charcoal black pills.. which makes me think oh i guess it was just a random dream that doesn’t make any sense. but anyway, i’m little scared and confused ..

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      June 11, 2019 at 9:26 pm

      This dream is not of the future or of fate. There is no reason to allow these concerns or worries to impact your life. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Lilien!

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    Smh ryl

    January 10, 2019 at 12:46 am

    So this is weird for me but I am going to do I do last week I had a dream that my brother got shot in a car an can’t remember if he has died or not then today I had a dream that I was chillin with my boyfriend an we ended up having to go somewhere an we went in a relatives car they had money in the back seat an my boyfriend homeboy wanted to steal it. He got mad because I told him no he went somewhere got a gun shot me 3 times my boyfriend called my mother my mother called the ambulance they asked what hospital I wanted to go to I told them because they were trying to take me to another hospital then when I got to the hospital it was so strange it was like thedr. We’re not in a rush to fix me but I wasn’t pouring out blood or anything my family waited with me in the surgery suite then my GMA an aunt left an I started to feel like there was something in my throat then I woke up I am so terrified

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      January 12, 2019 at 1:10 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. You are aware of recent shootings and other violent events. You will find benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will help bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Smh!

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        August 6, 2019 at 2:02 am

        I had a dream I was in a female criminals mansion with other people who were my friends but never seen them before in my waking life. I was doing something with the criminals mother and hit her nose making her bleed.
        To cut a very long dream short we were leaving and the criminal lady said “the things we do for family” and as we left the courtyard she used a sword and cut a triangle into my good friends stomach and said “you bleed my mothers nose” and threw him in a pit were other bones laid for feeding something.
        I escaped death what does this mean.
        I would like to add I had a friendly relationship with this criminal while visiting her home what does this mean for me.
        I would be very appreciated if you can give some understanding to this.
        With love Nathan.

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          August 6, 2019 at 3:59 pm

          This dream is a reflection of a wide variety of influences that you may have in your life. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media. You are aware that violence causes more violence. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Nathan!

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            August 7, 2019 at 6:15 am

            Thank you for your reply and time in helping me understand very kind of you.
            The thing I have trouble understanding is i like comedy movies and I used to enjoy action movies like everyone else, and for computer games i last played a game called GTA 15yrs ago. I am a single father parent to 3 children and I don’t like violence am a shy guy…so being surrounded by violence doesn’t seem to fit.
            As for my nature to kindness, love etc..I firstly chose to take my kids away from my troubled relationship with their mother and raise them myself. I also took the decision to financially take care of my kids step sister and allow her to spend many night with us as their Mother’s environment is not healthy for them. I meditate 3hrs a day but struggling with addiction to cannibis due to my past. So please can you give a bit more insight to these dreams as I have them nearly every night either on the run getting chased or hiding from many people..but never ever getting caught.
            I have a great need to want money if that helps to get further away from the kids mother and get a good lawyer so I can take my children’s step sister and be her legal guardian..but need for money is my main focus in my waking consciousness, I also don’t have family or friends but since meditation this doesn’t bother me but it is exhausting lol and at times lonely.
            I hope this helps to understand my waking life a bit more and help you to help me. I thank you so much for any insight,
            With love Nathan.

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              August 8, 2019 at 4:53 pm

              You live a life generally free of negative influences, and it is clear that you are a kind and loving person. Addiction to chemicals that affect the mind may certainly influence your thoughts and dreams. Your meditation will certainly bring you benefit. You are thinking about money, which may be a sign of a financial stress that you have in your life. You may make the decision to deal with your addiction and financial issues by no longer using the drug and saving money at the same time. Your financial desires may be something that you are running toward, while fear of not having what you need may be chasing you within the dream. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address whoever is chasing you about their purpose. This will give you greater insight into the meaning of your dreams. Have a great day, Nathan!

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    October 14, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    I always dream of something related to death in the past weeks. At first i was giving directions to a stranger asking where the funeral is. 2nd, i dreamed of a cemetery surveying the area looking for a place to bury the casket, i was with my mom and other people. I also saw 2 old couple discussing their death and we were in a vehicle or i think they’re ghosts. 3rd, i dreamed my tooth was broken or fell and i was worried with my appearance. 4th, i dreamed of my grandma’s death. It was a very long procession. I saw my churchmates with me. I saw my mom walking beside a car where the casket of my grandma is. I was crying hard and said sorry
    I didn’t see my grandma in the casket, i was just told she died. Then i was taking a shortcut to the cemetery with a friend where i was attacked with evil spirits but managed to fight and escaped. In reality, my sister broke 2 mirrors, our clock suddenly stopped but turned on later, saw a big butterfly in our curtain, things falling ( i ain’t superstitious but i read those signs that death is coming)…and in reality i hated my grandma so much that i wanted her dead. She’s saying bad about our family but i rebuked it. She’s disturbing us and we all wanted her dead even her children and relatives wanted her dead. We pity her but everytime we see her, anger arises. She throws stone at our house, and she didnt care if we’re hurt as long as she gets what she wants. She’s so selfish and cruel. Sometimes we’re scared to go out from our house coz maybe we’ll meet her in the street and throw stone at us. I wanna live in peace because i also have a baby. She always come into our house but we don’t let her in. She already exchanged her family to her boyfriend. She cared for her boyfriend than her own family. My mom just ignore her when she comes, i’m also trying my best to ignore her because in the past months i’m giving in to my feelings and fight her. What could this dream mean? Is it and ending of her or her evil habits or an ending to my attitude to her?

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      October 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      Your dreams are reflections of your knowledge of death. Your strong feelings toward your grandmother also caused these dreams to manifest. These dreams should influence you to take a moment to introspect. Allow thoughts of your grandmother to fade, as this will reduce stress and negative feelings. Ensure that you are sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Meow!

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    Mei Lin

    May 11, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Im Mei. I have this very odd dream… cos basically its a dream in a dream. Well, in my dream, I have dreamed of my death. I have dreamed that I am about to die and get hit by an orange vehicle. However in my dream, I avoided all the means of being dead, thus escaping death in that current situation. But the thing is in my dream Iam chased by death (where I always wouldn’t die because I dream of my possible death.thus making me aware with the consequences). The last scene I can remember is that im at home with my mom and I basically forgot what happened next. I just woke up and I dont wanna sleep anymore.

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      May 11, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      Your dreams are reflections of your influences and concerns regarding death. You should allow all of the negative aspects of these dreams to fade. These are positive dreams, as they reveal the knowledge that you are aware of death. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. You will find that these dreams will manifest less frequently. Have a great day, Mei!

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    Sharon Mogambi

    April 22, 2018 at 12:42 am

    I dreamt that die is calling my phone
    and im afraid so i dont pick the call..on my hands i have a very old woman who is dead so im controlling her hands..moreover her eyes are open.im in a church which is dark and someone,a woman, is trying to scare me

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      April 22, 2018 at 10:49 pm

      This dream is a reflection of various influences and thoughts that you have in your life. You may be worried or concerned. Dreams about death are common and are often stressful in dreams. Share your positive energy with the world. This will ensure that your future dreams are more positive. Have a great day, Sharon!

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    April 16, 2018 at 12:21 am

    I dreamt that my sister died from a cut during a fight.then the next night I dreamt my mother died from an iv infection from a cut.

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      April 16, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      These dreams are reflections of your emotional connection with your mother and sister. It is possible that these dreams are influenced by various sources in your life. These dreams are not reflections of the future or of fate. Allow the negative aspects of these dreams to fade. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Have a great day, Tridh!

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    Desmond emuze

    February 20, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    for the past two to three years now I have been dreaming about escaping death and I lost my step brother recently and I thought that was it but I have started having these dreams again, please any clues what it means

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      February 21, 2018 at 10:40 am

      These dreams may be influenced by the death of your step brother. Allow the negative aspects of these dreams to fade. Allow these dreams to influence you in a positive direction. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. This will help you honor the memory of your step brother. Have a great day, Desmond!

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    January 29, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    I dreamt how I was in a camp where people were selected to die and move on to be with God. I understood in my dream how this is a hood thing like to be with God, but I wasn’t ready to die, I was shocked!

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      January 30, 2018 at 9:19 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your knowledge of life and how ideas may influence the actions of other people. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Remember that our decisions and our actions are responsible for our interactions with the world. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Have a great day, Irena!

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    November 19, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I dreamed ,me dying of gun shots and while dying I heard the police man and friend say ” I think this person is going to die ” . At that time , I thought to myself . Before you die , you get intuition of dying. The next scene was my rebirth . Rebirth as the same person , same family , same people . And I was narrating how I felt in the past life while dying . The next scene was with an astrologer or some learned man . Who was reading my hands. He was going to give me some information but I woke up …. Around 4:27 am.

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      November 19, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your knowledge and understanding of death and course of consciousness. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Have a great day, Deepkala!

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    March 6, 2017 at 7:18 am

    I dreamed I was walking through a sanctuary. A funeral of someone was going on. As I walked through I noticed a door to a bright lit room. A dead man was lying on one bed. A woman stood next to the bed. A dying man, nearly naked was writhing on another bed. I kept walking and heard Hawaiian music and could smell the scent of Hawaii ( I lived there many years ago ) . I waited for the procession of Hawaiian people to leave and walked into the room they had come from. I felt sad and homesick for Hawaii.
    Later in the day I fell asleep and dreamed I was doing a giant painting with shades of red-violet with a very small patch of yellow-white in the lower left quadrant of the canvas. I was in awe of the white.

    • web admin

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      March 6, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      Your dreams are reflections of numerous influences and memories that you have had through your life. It is clear that you have a fondness for Hawaii, and the painting may be a reflection of a memory that you have there. Allow the negative images to fade from your dream at this time. If you are able to visit Hawaii, and try mimic the scene that you experienced in your dream. Have a great day, Patty!

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    Kim Jeon Jungri Shipper

    January 26, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Hi im kind of curious anout whatmy friends dream means,well dhe told me that we were travelling and we were riding in a airplane,then zhe told me we got into a accident and the three of them was fine but havr wounds while im thr one who is the only one dead.she also toldme that i have bpoody face all over me and shr was worried if soelmething might happend to me.what does her dream means? Thank you^^

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 27, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Her dream is a reflection of her care and compassion for you. She may simply be worried about you. It is normal for friends to fear losing their friends. You should view her as a good friend. If you remember this dream, then try to spread positive energy toward your friend. This will help the two of you become closer in the future. Have a great day, Kim Jeon!

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