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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    a m

    April 22, 2020 at 12:33 am

    I had a dream that my best friend got stabbed at my school several times with a very long machete until he was almost unrecognisable. I heard sirens and I saw people hurry to the crime scene but it took me a moment to figure out that my friend was the reason for such chaos. The imagery was so vivid and I saw his body through a video that one of his 3 killers recorded and sent round just after. In that dream the emotions of sadness and horror felt so real. I was crying and screaming whilst everyone else at school was mourning passively. In this dream everything about my school looked the same, the building and the crowds of faces. I am used to vivid dreams but I never get nightmares and this one was the most harrowing, horrifying one I have ever had.

    Luckily this was just a dream – my best friend is alive and well, and our relationship is strong – but I am anxious as to what this dream means.

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      web admin

      April 23, 2020 at 5:51 pm

      Dreams about death are often manifestations of change. It is possible that the nature of your relationship is changing, though you are confident that the relationship is strong. The dream could have been a sign of other aspects of your friends life. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address the purpose of those who are present within your dream. This will provide you with insights that will help you better understand its purpose.

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    April 20, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    My dream was my grandmother died and then my mother started getting ill and dying as well. My mother started having memory loss and not being able to take care of herself so I would later on take care of her myself. I then would frequently visit my grandfather’s place that wasn’t so clean to stay at once and a while with my mom

    • web admin

      web admin

      April 20, 2020 at 6:37 pm

      This dream seems to be a reflection of your emotional relationship with your grandmother and mother. It is possible that something in this dream is guiding you toward something. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Death is often a reflection of your knowledge of change, so you may find that your relationship will be benefited by kindness and compassion.

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    April 20, 2020 at 6:21 am

    I had a dream that I was hanging out with an old friend who I was very close to but haven’t seen for about a year. We were out having a good time then one guy who I don’t know and can not recognise chased us and slit her throat with a knife. He killed other people to. He was with a guy I couldn’t recognise but in the dream we were friends and I begged him to help me get away. I got away from him with his friends help who had to help me secretly without the killer noticing. The police were in the area laughing and having fun then I told them everything and they began searching for the killer on the run. I then woke up.

    I recently broke up with my boyfriend and I think he was cheating on me… could this have something to do with that? I felt every single emotion in the dream like fear and grief.

    • web admin

      web admin

      April 20, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      Your interpretation of the dream may be a sign of your thoughts regarding the end of your relationship. It is possible that the relationship between the police and killer is a manifestation of certain thoughts that you may have in your life. Take this time to consider what you want for the future. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life.

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    April 19, 2020 at 10:37 am

    I had a dream in which my crush was killed by someone else. In the dream I didn’t witness the event, in my dream I went through about a week of depression and woke up really disturbed. What could that mean?

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      web admin

      April 20, 2020 at 7:07 pm

      Death is often a reflection of change. It is possible that you are concerned about the future of your relationship. Take this time to determine what you want for the future. If you want to nourish this relationship, then spend additional time together in person.

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    April 17, 2020 at 6:42 am

    I dreamt my nephew died he’s is dating someone that ever No one likes because she hurt him once before and in addition I dreamt about my nephews grandfather who just passed on and then I ran into and old friend who handled me a bunch of phone charges so odd.

    • web admin

      web admin

      April 17, 2020 at 6:50 pm

      This dream seems to be a reflection of the various emotional and social relationships that you have in your life. It is possible that your experiences caused this dream to appear. If you feel that there is something that you feel compelled to do, then you should consider thinking about taking appropriate action. Regardless, you will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.

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    April 17, 2020 at 4:41 am

    last night i had a dream that i was going to school with friends and i had this boyfriend(which has now been my ex for a while but i still love him and care abt him) and we went to school together and he would come to my house with my other three friends. one day we got a call that one of our friends passed away. he was another one of my exes but we were close. loosing him really hurt. so when he passed we would always do the things he liked. a little later in the dream i was hanging out with friends and i get a call that my boyfriend had died. it was terrifying and just so sad and i couldnt stop greiving over him. then one day i was in my garage wit fam and he had texted me and i started crying and then my step dad told me to forget abt him but i couldnt then the next day at school everyone noticed a changed my peronsality and apperance bc everything i had was made up of this guy. then i woke up and my heart was beating really fast and had a tear running down my face and txting the kid.

    • web admin

      web admin

      April 17, 2020 at 6:50 pm

      Your dream was a manifestation of the various social and emotional relationships that you have in your life. Death is often a reflection of change, and it is possible that these relationships are undergoing an alteration. Take this time to think about what you want for your future. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life.

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    April 14, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Last night I dreamed that a person who was once very special too me died in a car crash, and then we got a call that my grandma died.

    • web admin

      web admin

      April 15, 2020 at 2:41 pm

      Death within a dream is often a sign of your knowledge of change. It is possible that your relationship is now distant, and that may be the reason behind the crash within the dream. The call that your grandmother died may be related to your feelings regarding this relationship. If your grandmother is alive, then nourish your connection by spending additional time together in person.

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    April 12, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    I had a dream of a castle. Almost all the people I knew were in the castle and the castle was ruled by a very evil clown. Everyone obliged to his orders and rules because they wouldn’t want to be punished by him. He treated everyone the same yet he had a very definite hatred towards me. Everyone would freely wander around the castle except for me. He held me as a prisoner yet he didn’t want to show that, but everyone including me knew that i was being held there. And everyone was feeling sad for me because they couldn’t help me. One day we were sitting in the garden and I suddenly needed to go to the bathroom and I used this as an excuse to try and run away. I told my friends to busy him until i manage to leave through the front gate. As i opened the door i realized that there was a huge fountain and it was surrounded by a lake on both sides. I had no other way but to swim my way across the driveway and i also had to swim under the water the entire time because the clown had an ability to watch and see everything around. When i finally got out of the lake i opened the gate and at that moment i saw the clown’s face right next to me even tho he wasn’t physically there however it meant that he has found out about my escape. Then i ran outside and got on the highway and decided to take a cab. When i sat inside i said home and turned my head to look at the driver only to find out there are three drivers seated on the driver’s seat passenger seat and one in the middle. and they turned their heads towards me at the same time and started the car. And i realized that it was a trap because the clown has apparently placed fake taxis around the castle in case i try to escape. So all of a sudden I opened the door and jumped out of the car, and last thing i saw that i was severely injured yet i got up and tried to continue to my escape.

    • web admin

      web admin

      April 13, 2020 at 12:22 am

      This dream seems to be a manifestation of your feelings that you may be trapped or in a situation that you can’t control. There may be an aspect of your waking life that makes you feel that you are uncertain or confused about what the future may hold. Dreams about being attacked are often manifestations of stresses in your life, so take this time to consider if there are any changes that can be made at this time. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address whoever is within your dream regarding their purpose.

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    April 10, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Last Night I had a dream where there was an occurrence of odd situations where people would end up dying. At first, there was an explosion then later darkness at night there were people that came looking for people so I hid in a closet with another person(I know the person in real life and I haven’t talked to them in maybe over a year)and then later that night electricity filled the floor so we hung on the closet bars so we would not touch the floor but the next morning when I woke up she was gone and when I came out the closet to look for her she was dead in the back of a truck later in my dream my crushes mother and I were hanging out and then the darkness came and consumed her I then had to go to my crushes birthday party and tell him and when I did he just hugged me I then woke up from my dream.

    • web admin

      web admin

      April 10, 2020 at 4:40 pm

      Your dream seems to be a reflection of various social relationships that you have in your life. Death is often a reflection of your knowledge of change, and it does not necessarily indicate that a relationship is changing for the worst. Take this time to consider what you want for the future of your relationships. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life.

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