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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    February 16, 2020 at 2:14 am

    Last night I had a very traumatic dream. So almost a year ago, my best friend tried to take her own life but ended up in the hospital. She’s alive now but it was a very traumatizing event for me because we have a very deep connection. Now last night I dreamt that she died for real, I was suddenly at her parents house and I was going through her room and phone for pictures and just some things for me to remember her and our bond. The rest of the dream is very blurry now but I do remember a lot of screaming and crying by me. I also woke up to an anxiety attack, I could not breathe and I was crying heavily. What should I do now? This dream really scared me.

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      February 16, 2020 at 7:35 pm

      I think it is very understandable that you had an anxiety attack–that dream sounds terrifying to experience. The dream is unlikely to be forecasting what would happen in the future. Instead, it seems to be based entirely on what happened to you and her in the past. Because she tried to take her life before, you are naturally afraid of losing her now, which is why you had this dream.

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        February 23, 2020 at 7:16 am

        Just last night I had a terrifying dream that me and my best friend were at a sleep-away camp. On t he second day she dropped her bracelet in the lake and went to get it. Then a molded and grimy hand grabbed by the throat and pulled her under. I woke up in a cold sweat, crying and not being able to breathe. What does this mean?

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          February 23, 2020 at 6:30 pm

          This dream could be an indication of the media that you have consumed. Lakes and water are often indications of death, which may have been reflected within the dream by the hand. Death is an indication of your knowledge of change. It is possible that the relationship between you and your friend has changed or may be changing.

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    January 31, 2020 at 6:20 am

    I had a dream where I would know the time of someone’s death, and I could never stop it, whether I tried to help or not. I had to watch every single one of my loved ones die, all horrible deaths. In the end of the dream, I ended up getting killed myself, along with most of the rest of the world.

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      February 3, 2020 at 8:34 pm

      This dream is a powerful dream, as death is an indication of change. It seems that many aspects of your life are changing, so make a decision about what you want for your future. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy toward you.

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    January 27, 2020 at 2:02 am

    A friend(not close) had a dream my boyfriend and I had a car accident and I landed up dying and he shot himself?
    im not quite sure what its meant to mean and makes me worried as ive lost 3 people in the space of xmas eve and yesterday.

    help please?

    • web admin

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      January 27, 2020 at 7:21 pm

      Since so many people have been lost in the last month, it only makes sense that the friend’s subconscious would struggle to sort it all out. Most likely, the dream occurred just because they are aware of all of the deaths that did end up occurring, so I wouldn’t be too worried. It is highly that the dream will end up coming true.

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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

      web admin

      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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