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.


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    January 19, 2020 at 4:21 am

    I had a dream where I was hanging out with someone I admire and then someone shot them and while they were walking away I saw their face and it was me.
    Also it keeps repeating every night.
    What can this mean?

    • web admin

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      January 20, 2020 at 1:49 pm

      The dream may mean you are concerned that if you actually get to approach the person you admire, the relationship won’t work out or they won’t live up to all of your expectations. Thankfully, dreams are a reflection of your subconscious thoughts, fears and desires, so it is highly unlikely that this dream situation will occur in your waking life.

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    January 14, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    I dreamt of both a dead bull and my uncle dying. What to Interpret out of it

    • web admin

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      January 17, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      The bull may simply be a representation of your uncle, or it may have a symbolic meaning in connection to him. Death is often a sign of change or transformation in a dream, so this dream probably doesn’t reflect anything sinister or dangerous (thankfully!).

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    January 11, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    I dreamt that a good friend of mine shot himself in the head in front of a class full of people for no reason and for some reason I was so distraught, I picked up the fun and tried to kill myself but there were no billets left. The rest of the dream I was inconsolable, trying to talk to his mom, but the teacher who was being pretty nice with me, still made me sit down and do work with the rest of the class. It was really disturbing.

    • web admin

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      January 12, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      This dream may just be a reflection of all the mass shootings that keep happening across the country and the fear that something like this could happen in your own life.

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    January 10, 2020 at 5:13 am

    I had a dream about somone,I don’t know who they were or what their gender was but they were I guess playing by themselves and they got scared of something it was like, it was invisible only that person saw it and tried to run away but any way something slashed their throat and did it again while they were trying to run away and did it a again after they tried to run to there house but they were like spit in half. I’m sorry if it was too much, it just scared me.

    • web admin

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      January 11, 2020 at 11:46 am

      Dreams about death are often indications of your knowledge of change. It seems that fear was an important aspect of this dream, so it is possible that you are navigating concerns in your life at this time.

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    January 7, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    I had a best friend in my dreams but had never met this person in real life or anyone like them since this happened. We were the closest of friends and I felt a lot of initial sorrow when I would wake up knowing that it was all fake or rather just a figment of my imagination, just wishing to fall back to sleep to see them again. One night in my dreams there was a house fire and I was pushed out of the house by this person. My friend said that they wouldn’t be able to make it but that I would be okay. They told me I need to let go and move on with my life. I watched them burn up in the fire as they smiled back at me with tears running down their face, trapped behind a blockade of fallen debris. Shortly after that I woke up in a cold sweat and had tears running down my face.

    • web admin

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      January 8, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      The dream seems to show a desire to have a close friend to love and support you. The fact that you lose this friend in the dream may mean your subconscious mind recognized that the person doesn’t actually exist in your waking life quite yet.

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      Asma Akter

      January 21, 2020 at 9:10 am

      I just saw a cat was crying on my desk then I got up from bed and when I turned back I saw a beautiful dead girl was lying on my bed….the day after that my grandmother died . Can you please explain this?

      • web admin

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        January 21, 2020 at 6:12 pm

        The girl may represent yourself and the part of you that is now gone because your grandmother is gone. The crying cat may just be a direct representation of your grief and the trauma you are going through.

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    January 5, 2020 at 7:22 am

    I dreamed that my niece died she was playing with my nephew and she was inside a bag and she died

    • web admin

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      January 5, 2020 at 9:32 am

      The dream may show that you fear about all of the potential dangers that exist in the world. Death is often a sign of transformation, so you may just feel like your niece has changes approaching in her life.

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        January 6, 2020 at 10:56 am

        I keep dreaming of my cousin dying or about to die. Have also had dreams where he is in trouble. Really starting to freak me out.

        • web admin

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          January 6, 2020 at 7:16 pm

          The dream may have been random at first. Because of the trauma and negative response to the dream the first time you had it, it became embedded in your subconscious and more likely to reoccur. I wouldn’t read too much into it, so you can relax. 🙂

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    December 28, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    I had a dream about it being my bf, he means the world to me, what happened there???

    • web admin

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      January 2, 2020 at 4:12 pm

      Death is often an indication of a change in a relationship. Nourish your connection with your partner by spending additional time together in person.

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    December 26, 2019 at 6:52 am

    The person I dreamed about was a ex boyfriend of mine I was texting telling him that I still loved him and I that I need him and miss him. He wasn’t replying cause he was with family but that doesn’t explain why I dreamt about him dying?????.

    • web admin

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      December 27, 2019 at 6:11 pm

      Death is often a symbol for a change in a relationship. You are aware that the two of you are no longer maintaining a relationship, so that may be the reason for his death in your dream. If you are still attempting to communicate with him, then you should abstain from doing so at this time.

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    December 17, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Even if you climb to the highest mountain, you can only take a step on the ground

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    December 14, 2019 at 5:37 am

    One time I had a dream about my friends mom and grandmother dieing

    • web admin

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      January 5, 2020 at 10:53 am

      Death is often an indication of your knowledge of change. You may feel strong emotional connections to your friend’s mother and grandmother.

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    December 13, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    I had a dream that my crush died and nobody knew why and then i had to go back in time to try and stop it from happening and i did and it was scary but we were all happy in the end crush included he even hugged me and we went out and his mom was like aww you and your bestfriend are cute he was like she’s my best friend and my gf and then we walked we were at thee park i think or something. then all in the same night i had a dream that i was reunited with 6 old friends while i was helping out at a daycare type place hanging out with this 3 or 5 year old named jasper in the daycare type place 3 of my 6 old friends were there sitting at a desk in one of the rooms there talking something about me getting bullied or something and my ex was calling to apologize and i didn’t answer bc i was talking to those three friends which were all boys and i knew them since 5th and 6th grade one of them i knew since preschool then the other 3 of my 6 friends came in from the door way one was a boy and the other two girls one of them i only talked to like once or twice but she’s really nice so i considered her my friend then the other i forgot her name but i knew we were good friends then the other was a boy to who i ran up and hugged and he hugged me tight back i hugged the other to as well then i said something about it being my last day in the neighbor hood or something the we all hugged again but i hugged him 1 more time after we all group hugged Bc he’s always been like one of my favorite Fake brothers
    i’m not lying this was a real dream pls i need an answer asap

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 5, 2020 at 11:12 am

      Death is a manifestation of your knowledge of change, and it seems that other social relationships appeared in your dream. You may feel that you are losing your crush, so take the opportunity to speak with your crush about your thoughts and feelings.

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    December 7, 2019 at 7:22 am

    I’ve been a working nanny for seven years to twin boys. I absolutely love them. A couple of months ago they abruptly moved, due to their fathers job. They are an hour away Now, but I miss them so I’ve been going every other week to watch them. Last night I dreamed that I went there to watch them and upon arrival saw that their mother was devastated But trying to smile, and that only one twin was with her. I immediately teared up with a sense of fear and asked where the other twin was. She just shook her head and smiled with tears streaming down her face as the other twin stood quietly, sadly. In my dream I knew something awful had occurred, she didn’t explain in my dream but I knew he had been kidnapped and hurt or killed by someone. Next part of the dream is somewhere down the line when we are all trying to heal and grieve and live through it, and I was going to get a tattoo for him. I woke up in an anxious confused fit of tears and sweat and literally had to go over my past couple
    Days to remember if I’d been grieving or if it was a dream.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 13, 2020 at 7:46 pm

      This dream is just a reflection of how you feel as if you have lost the twins because they moved. Even though you logically know that they are healthy and fine, you are not able to actually see them in person, so your subconscious mind misses them and is concerned.

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    Madison Kersey

    December 4, 2019 at 5:13 am

    I had a dream my step dad died after my mom cheated on him.what could that possibly mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 20, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      Death is often an indication of your knowledge of change. You are aware that this relationship would likely be concluded if infidelity occurred.

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    November 27, 2019 at 5:15 am

    My mother had a dream that my older child caused my younger child to have a head injury which he ended up passing away from. i wish my mom never even told me of this, what does it mean? I am like sick over it

    • web admin

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      January 22, 2020 at 8:11 pm

      Your mother’s dream is a reflection of your knowledge of death, which is often a symbol of change. Do to allow this dream to have a negative impact on you, as this is not a reflection of what occurred or will occur. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.

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    September 30, 2019 at 5:55 am

    I had a dream that my mom cut my dog open and then woke up and started crying

    • web admin

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      December 28, 2019 at 10:50 pm

      This dream may be an indication regarding your fears. If your mother has shown you that she is abusive and cruel, then you should avoid her whenever possible. If she is a good person, then allow this dream to fade form your mind. Nourish your relationship with your dog by spending additional time together.

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    September 29, 2019 at 10:22 am

    I dreamt my father had died . 2 undertakers turned up to tell me . I was living in my childhood home still- I haven’t lived there for 12 years . They kept saying the date was 23rd April over and over to me . What could this mean ?

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 28, 2019 at 10:12 pm

      If your father is still alive, then this dream may be an indication of your knowledge of change. If he has passed, then it is possible that your dream is a manifestation of your emotional relationship with him. The childhood home could be a sign of your memories with him. The specific date could be meaningful to you for various reasons. It does not mean that your father will pass on that date in the future. Honor your father by sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life.

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    September 27, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I had a dream of my father’s death ..he is no more in real life though it scared the shit out of me..

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 28, 2019 at 1:13 am

      Your dream was a manifestation of your emotional relationship with your late father. Something in your life may have caused this dream to appear. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade, and honor the memory of your father by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. If you have similar dreams in the future, then speak with him about your feelings within the dream.

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    Karen Chan

    September 25, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I dreamt of Two deaths in One time. One was seeing my boyfriend’s friend quarreling with his gf and threatening her that he would hang himself if she leaves, she said to him that: “I don’t believe you coz you said that before too, so it’s up to you” then he hangs himself. Another dream i had was about my best-friend who is pregnant in real life but I don’t if she was in my dream and she rode on a car of his boss and had a car accident after going too fast. I cried so hard at my dream. What does that mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 27, 2019 at 6:03 pm

      Your dreams are manifestations of your knowledge of death and emotional relationships. In your first dream, your boyfriend’s friend’s behavior was emotionally abusive. If you are maintaining a relationship with anyone who threatens self-harm to get their way, then immediately end that relationship. The second dream is a manifestation of your knowledge of car accidents. Nourish your positive social relationships by spending additional time together.

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