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. Elizabeth

    October 16, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    I had a dream that 3 work colleague’s husbands passed away.
    2 colleagues work in same area as myself and I cannot recall the 3rd. I went to work the next day (in my dream) to find these women not at work (obviously in remorse), but I continued as normal like I wasn’t hurt or nothing??? What does this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 18, 2018 at 9:42 pm

      Your dreams are reflections of your knowledge of death. Something in your life may have caused these dreams to manifest. Conversations that you have had with your coworkers may also have been reflected in your dream. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Elizabeth!

  2. Judy Waleed

    October 15, 2018 at 6:19 am

    I had a dream of my friend dying in his sleep ,I attended his funeral and cried a lot in the dream, when I woke up I felt like I really did cry, I felt so sad and worried about him.

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 16, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      Your dream may have been a reflection of various influences in your life. The media that you consume may have manifested as well. This dream is not a reflection of the future or of fate. You may be aware that there is a change going on in the life of your friend. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Judy!

  3. Magnus

    October 13, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    I just had a dream where someone I barely know but I think I am in love with died. My mom hired someone to kill her. When I woke up my heart was beating so fast, like holy moly. It felt like my heart was gonna jump out of my chest. What does this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 13, 2018 at 10:35 pm

      Your dream may be a reflection of your various social and emotional relationships. Allow this dream to influence you to determine what you want for your future. Decide what you believe is appropriate and viable. Ensure that your share your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Magnus!

  4. Diana

    October 9, 2018 at 3:10 am

    I’ve been having so many dreams of death for the past couple weeks. And sometimes it’s about my parents and sometimes people I don’t know. Or sometimes it’s the same dream but with more detail like for example the dream can start off with my dad and my husband talking and driving but then it changes and I’m in this apartment and it has many doors and I open every door and every room is different some dirty, some old, some with children toys and with people I don’t know inside the rooms. But then I go outside urgently looking for my “sister” even thought I don’t have a sister in real life, and I’ve seen that she has been murdered and I run inside looking for help and then I go to my “ brothers” (I don’t have a brother either) room grab his phone and call 911 but it doesn’t send me to 911, the “murderer” answers and says something and i hang up and try 911 again and the same things happens and he says something that tells me he’s outside the apartment. So I try to wake up my “brother” but he doesn’t wake up so I try locking and blocking the door and closing the curtains and hide under the bed and when the murderer breaks down the door I wake up in terror and sweaty all over. I’ve been having this same dream a few times now and other different dreams. What could
    It mean ?

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 9, 2018 at 11:30 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of a wide variety of influences in your life. You will gain great benefit by abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. These dreams are not reflections of the future or of fate. Allow the negative aspects of these dreams to fade. Spend additional time with the people in your life, and ensure that you always share your kindness and compassion. Have a great day, Diana!

  5. Tina

    October 8, 2018 at 7:09 am

    About one week ago I had a dream that I was signing my own death certificate that was really awful and I felt awful that I would never see my loved ones again and then I woke up and then just last night I had a dream that my husband’s cousin passed away and I felt awful that I would never see him again if you could please tell me the meaning of these dreams and I was not thinking of anything like that before I went to bed that would be greatly appreciated.

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 8, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      Your dreams are reflections of various aspects of your life. These dreams are not signs of the future or of fate. Something in your life may be causing these dreams to manifest, such as the media that you consume. Allow this dream to influence you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Tina!

  6. Cynthia

    October 7, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    What means if I dream that I received massages and call from my father that my mother died and I rush to the cremation and I did’t saw mother but my father was laying on top of my father then I cried very had and saying to my mother to come back then I saw her soul was running towards me hug me and trying to say something. I love my mother soon much even more that myself and both of us are going thru very hard times for few years, even there will be no results in business even when we put much affords and we are still struggling in financial and praying hard, waiting for a change over in life. Both of us is going thru the same condition of problems and happiness in life but I can’t understand that why I dream that and this is the first time I dream something like this and my parents is alive. Kindly explain to me that I had this dream. Thank you

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 7, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of you emotional connection with your mother and father. This dream is not a reflection of the future or of fate. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Spend additional time with your family members, as this will strengthen your relationship. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Cynthia!

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