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.

Transformations

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.

Negativity

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.

1,178 Comments

  1. apryle viña-baltazar

    December 10, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Last night, I dreamt that my husband died though it seemed like a few days after the interment. People who are close to me were coming and offering their sympathies and condolences. There was a scene when we’re all shocked because my husband suddenly appeared, wearing the suit he had on our wedding. He smiled at me, we hugged and kissed. The next thing was we’re planning our next honeymoon. It seemed almost real, I was rasping when I woke up. I’m relieved that my dream had a nice ending. But what does this possibly mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 10, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with your husband. Death is often a sign of a change in a relationship. The honeymoon is likely a manifestation that the change will be beneficial. Allow your dream to influence you to share your thoughts and feelings with him. Spend additional time with your partner in person, as this will strengthen your relationship. Have a great day, Apryle!

  2. Claudia Contreras

    December 9, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    My sister in law dreamed that some poision me and I died. She has been worried and panicky. She literally messages me every 3 hours asking if I’m ok. What could this dream mean. Asking for advice

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 10, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      Her dream is not a reflection of the future or of fate. She cares for you, and her dream a manifestation of her fears. She will benefit from abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. Nourish your relationship with your sister. Speak with her about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Claudia!

  3. Claire

    December 5, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    My older sister is living with her 17year old partner who is very violent, and she is his lap dog. They have lived away from us for 16 years And recently came to live with my parents with there three children to have a fresh start. This is when I noticed that she was so under his comand. I knew it was bad but not this bad. They lasted about 7 weeks and moved back to live with his mum. I’m not overly worried about her may I add, she’s a grown women now and I’m sure if anything bad was going to happen it would of happened by now. Plus she refuses any help I do offer, like leave him ect. I had a dream that I saw her walking with one of her children holding hands and her head was constantly down. I tried to hug her and she walked away, and I tried to get her attention and yet she just seems to ignor me. Well I came to realise in the dream that she wasn’t alive, she was a ghost.
    What does this mean

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 6, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      You have offered her support, and she has refused your offer. She may be unaware that she is abused. It is possible that she is happy in this relationship and that she does not feel abused. Continue to share your kindness and compassion with her. If she decides that she is no longer happy in her relationship, then she may want to come back to you. There is no benefit to be gained by treating her harshly at this time. Have a great day, Claire!

  4. Alisha Sinha

    December 4, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    I dreamt about my family (mom,dad,younger sister and younger brother) dying. The dream was something like there was a guy who tied us with rope and threw us in river. Somehow I survived and after a long time i visited my home where i found the same guy staying alone in miserable condition. No one was there to stay with him. I woke up crying and it was early morning. I am really feeling low and don’t know why I am dreaming all these. I would like to tell u that its happening from past 1 year after my granny passed away. And every dream related to my family members dying will be during day time. Please suggest me what does this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 6, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      Your dreams are reflections of your various social and emotional relationships. It is likely that the death of your grandmother has caused your relationships to change. Death is often a reflection of these changes, and the deaths of your family members in your dreams is likely a manifestation of this knowledge. Allow this dream to influence you to spend additional time with your family members. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Alisha!

  5. Chloe

    December 2, 2018 at 11:00 am

    I had a dream that my baby sister (12 years old) died. I am currently pregnant and been having really vivid dreams. MY stepdad who is her dad recently passed away. It has always been my mom,my sister and myself all these times. But since i got married and moved in to a different country i miss this so much and i feel she is growing up and i havent been there to witness it. I felt so awful. I woke up crying like a helpless person.

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 2, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      Your dreams may be common when experiencing pregnancy. You are also aware of the death of your step-sister’s father. Death is often a reflection of a change in a relationship. You are in a different country, so your relationship with your step-sister has changed. Allow this dream to guide you to reach out to her. Share your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Chloe!

  6. Cat

    December 2, 2018 at 4:05 am

    I just woke up from a sort of medieval dream about a lover dying from being poisoned or in battle. I forgot which one. There were 2 other suitors but I was too heartbroken and couldn’t accept that he had passed. Then I woke up and felt really sad and guilty about it. What could this be about?

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 2, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      This dream was likely influenced by the media that you consume. It is possible that your social and emotional relationships may have manifested as well. Death is often a sign of change. You may be aware of a change in a current relationship. The other suitors may be a sign that you are aware that there are other people who are interested in nourishing a relationship with you. Have a great day, Cat!

  7. Subhashree Behera

    December 1, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    I dreamt that I am having a loving relationship with a guy. We were going somewhere and a girl tried to prank me. He got angry and while fighting with her I don’t know how but he died. He vanished all of a sudden. I tried to find him but I couldn’t. In real life I don’t have him as my boyfriend. I don’t even know him. How is it related with my real life?

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 2, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      This dream was a reflection of your social and emotional influences. The guy in your dream may be a manifestation of someone that you know or of a stranger. You likely want to develop a relationship with someone who makes you feel secure and comfortable. Allow this dream to influence you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will help draw positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, Subhashree!

  8. Shreya

    November 28, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    I just woke up from a dream where I saw a friend who was driving a train die after the train derails somehow. I remember seeing him behind the wheels and then the train bogey simply lay flat. I ran to find him and he was laying with a deformed body and face covered in blood. I can’t get the image out of my mind and it’s disturbing. Can you help me with what this could mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 29, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      There may be various reasons for this dream to have manifested. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media in the future. Death is also a reflection of changes in a relationship. It is likely that this relationship may be altering at this time. Nourish your relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Shreya!

  9. Complicated

    November 27, 2018 at 6:44 am

    I dreamed that while being in my room my best friend called me on the phone, and told me “remember the accident? Well sweetie I died there, and I am fine I’m here with God and with my friends, don’t worry about me”. After that, I answered to her and told her that she was my best friend, and I was crying with desperation, afterwards my dad came and I told him about the phone call and I kept crying, hearing her voice telling me that, was totally heart-breaking… when I woke up I was still crying and very very anxious and sad. She is fine, and there was no accident in real life.
    What meaning do you think it may have?

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 27, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      Your dream is not a reflection of the future or of fate. Your strong emotional reaction is likely a sign of your relationship with your friend. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media, as this will reduce the frequency of similar dreams from occurring. Nourish your relationship with your friend by spending additional time with her in person. Have a great day, Complicated!

  10. Lambo

    November 25, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    I had a dream that my crush was shot and I took her in my arms after which my shirt drenched in her blood. Eventually, after waiting for a long time, the ambulance came and I took her to the hospital thus saving her. I feel so vulnerable right now after this dream. What does all of it mean???

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 25, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      Your dream may be a reflection of your knowledge of recent shootings and other violent events. Your behaviors were attempts to save her. This is a positive aspect of this dream. Allow any negative aspects of this dream to fade. Nourish your relationship by spending additional time with your partner. Have a great day, Lambo!

  11. Illmax

    November 24, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    I dreamt that my crush was shot while we were in class, I tried to save her but unfortunately she died in my arms… What could this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 25, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your social and emotional relationship with your crush. Your knowledge of recent shootings and other violent events. You attempted to save your crush, which is a sign that you feel a strong connection with her. Her death may be a manifestation of a change in your relationship. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Illmax!

  12. Veronica

    November 23, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    I had a dream about people in my family that are distant and died.
    The dream went like this, I was with my mom, dad and twin. We’re finished shopping and putting the stuff away. Then there was a sudden crash, I don’t remember from what.But, people in my family that were distant which are my brothers, my aunt, and my two cousins they died left and right. We where escaping in a car, and I woke up crying from what happen non-stop. I had a another dream that I was being bullied. The dream that I mentioned, happened yesterday and the dream where I was bullied happen today. But these dreams only happen when I sleep in.
    I don’t know why this keeps happening…I’m concerned and sad. I never had dreams like this.

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 23, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      Your dreams are reflections of your knowledge of death. Death is often a sign of change. You may be aware that your current social relationships are changing. The dream about being bullied may be a sign that you need emotional support at this time. Strengthen your relationships with your family members by spending additional time with them in person. Have a great day, Veronica!

  13. Sapience

    November 20, 2018 at 5:46 am

    I dreamt that my father-in-law passed away at work overnight. My Husband came into the room crying saying that his dad died at work. He asked me for a hug and was horny and wanted to have sex. I thought that he was kidding and started laughing. Then he said no he really did die, his mom had just received the call from his colleague that came to relieve him from his shift. And that they were about to go to the job for the body.

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 20, 2018 at 7:52 pm

      This dream isa reflection of various influences in your life. You are aware of the emotional impact of death. You are aware of the sexual desires of your husband. In your dream, you may have connected the two. Allow this dream to influence you to strengthen your relationship with your partner. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Sapience!

  14. Victoria

    November 19, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    I had a dream earlier that someone (we’re like lovers but no, we don’t have a label of our relationship because we chose to stay this way. but we are committed. yeah. ) is dead. But before we tackle our dream, I would like to share what happened yesterday because I think that event was the reason for my dream. So yesterday, I returned the ring he gave me. I told him before that I would only return the ring if I don’t have any feelings for him anymore. Although I still have feelings for him, I still returned the ring because I am already not comfortable wearing it since he has no more feelings for me. Yeah, I think he has no more feelings for me. But he said that we should just pretend. Besides, it is already our last year in high school and we got one semester left. If we part ways now, it would be hard for us. You know, bitterness and such. So we decided to pretend until graduation day. So that’s the story. Here is my dream: I went to this unknown place and my classmates were there also. One classmate approached me and told me that D (let’s name him D) is dead. I was shocked of course. But then I saw his coffin. I had to cry but there were no tears left to cry lol. His coffin was diamond-shaped. I went to hold for his coffin but it moved. Yes, it did. I tried to hold it for the second time and this time, it moved with a greater distance from the first. I was not informed that it was his last day of internment. But before we went to the church and to the cemetery. Someone opened the coffin and I really saw D’s body. I don’t understand what am i feeling. It’s so much sadness that I could not even speak a single word. They moved D’s body. I saw his face, his beautiful face. (sht im crying now). After that, we went to the church. I saw his family. Later when we arrived, I went home because I had an ugly slippers. I was flying on my way home and back to the church. And then we were already in the cemetery. I don’t want to see him buried so stayed from a distance. I was sooooo sad. After a few minutes, I followed where the people are but I was lost. Thankfully, I saw my friend and he told me the directions. when I arrived, I saw my other two friends sitting on the ground and eating fried chicken (lol). I sat with them but I looked at D’s gravestone. His name was there of course. But I couldn’t just believe it. I told myself that this is just a dream you need not to worry. After a while, his family and our friends already went home and I was the only one left. I touched his picture on the grave, and this was the moment that I cried. Hard.

    Can you help me interpret my dream? I am really worried. And sad. Also, we’ve been distant for 2 weeks now.

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 20, 2018 at 7:18 pm

      Your dream is certainly related to your relationship in your waking life. The death is a sign of a change in your relationship. You decided that you were no longer interested in maintaining this relationship, and you are aware that this relationship has almost ended. Determine what you want for your future without him. There is no reason to nourish a relationship if you no longer desire to do so. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Victoria!

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