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.

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    andrea

    May 20, 2019 at 12:37 am

    I just woke up from a dream where i got married with someone and then moments later my mom died. I woke up sobbing. It was terrifying and i dont want to experience it again. I immediately searched it up but i have no idea what it means. I love my mom sooo much but I dont always show it and I feel like Im a bad daughter. There was a moment in the dream where her ghost came back and I asked her if I was a good daughter and she said I wasnt but i still feel like she thinks I dont love her even though shes one person I cant live without. I never want to lose her.

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      andrea

      May 20, 2019 at 12:39 am

      I asked her if i was a bad daughter and she said I wasnt*

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        May 20, 2019 at 3:10 pm

        Your dream is a reflection of various emotional relationships that you have in your life. It is possible that you are interested in maintaining a lifelong relationships with someone who makes you feel comfortable and secure. Your dream is an indication that you want to nourish your relationship with your mother. Take this time to speak with her about your thoughts and feelings, and take action to spend additional time with her in person. Have a great day, Andrea!

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      May 20, 2019 at 2:54 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of various emotional relationships that you have in your life. It is possible that you are interested in maintaining a lifelong relationships with someone who makes you feel comfortable and secure. Your dream is an indication that you want to nourish your relationship with your mother. Take this time to speak with her about your thoughts and feelings, and take action to spend additional time with her in person. Have a great day, Andrea!

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    William Hampton

    May 19, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    I dream of loved ones dying and yes they come true just how i dream them and it sucks there are no intetpetatations just fact.this is a curse yes i beleive you can stop these from comming true but you hsve to write them dowm but because of yhe time in beteween you will forget at least that has been true for me.pay attention write dreams down please

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      May 20, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      Your dreams are reflections of various influences in your life. Some of your dreams manifest in reality. If you find that you have a particularly powerful dream, then ensure that it guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will support the people in your life who may be facing struggles in their life. Have a great day, William!

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    Daily Dose

    May 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    So I dreamt about this guy I loved before being literally dead, I cried my heart out for some reasons and felt my heart ache.. so bad. One year had already passed since we kinda split up and we don’t really have any contact with each other til four or six months ago? so it really threw me offguard when I suddenly dreamt about him ‘dead’. I don’t even know how to feel about all these right now, I’m so confuse

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      May 15, 2019 at 10:28 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your social and emotional influences. Death is often a manifestation of change. It seems that he has passed or that you are no longer communicating with him. Since he is no longer in your life, ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times. If he has passed, then this will help you honor his memory. It will certainly help draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Daily!

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    Ahuva

    May 13, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Hi 6 years ago i worked with a man that i loved deeply. He did not reciprocate and even had me fired…fast forward I sometimes dream of him. A few days ago I dream that his partner died and that he was looking for his daughter. Three days later I dreamed that he died.I dreamed that I heard that he died,woke up. I fell asleep and dreamed that I was reading of his death in a newspaper. The title was his name… has died. Can you help me understand please

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      May 13, 2019 at 8:46 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your previous social interactions with this man from your past. Death is often a manifestation of your knowledge of change. Something in your life may have reminded you of this person. Focus your emotional energy elsewhere. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Ahuva!

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        Sandra

        May 20, 2019 at 1:39 am

        3 years ago my fiancée & I broke up. I have not seen nor spoken to him since then. The other day I had a very disturbing dream that he committed suicide. Sometimes I have dejavú dreams of things that have already occurred or about to occur which is scary. I hope he is alive & well.

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          May 20, 2019 at 3:56 pm

          Your dream may be a reflection of your previous emotional and social relationship with your ex fiancee. Deja vu is often an indication of something that may influence your life in the future. This dream is not a sign that your ex committed suicide. Ensure that your dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Sandra!

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    Lydia Pagan Olmeda

    May 13, 2019 at 7:56 am

    I had a dream that the woman who watches my son and many other students in his after school care program had passed and I don’t know how but I did see a picture of her in my dream when I was being informed of her passing. Her real name and face were in my dream. What could this mean?

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      May 13, 2019 at 8:37 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your social relationship with this woman. It is possible that you appreciate her relationship with your child. Death is often an indication of a change. Ensure that your dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. It is possible that your interactions with her in your waking life have given you reason to believe she needs support at this time. Have a great day, Lydia!

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    Isabel Perez

    May 12, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    I had a dream that my older sister died. My brother in law, myself, my mom, niece and nephews were crying so hard. I dont know why, but I had seen a photo in the dream that showed me what had happened to her, which turned out to be head trauma so bad that her brain was exposed. Apparently we had all been told that she was in surgery to help her and then she died. Hated seeing and feeling all of that.

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      May 12, 2019 at 8:16 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. This dream is not a sign of the future or of fate. The presence of your family members show your strong relationships with them. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Share your kindness and compassion at all times. Nourish your relationships with your family members by spending additional time with them in person. Have a great day, Isabel!

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    Barbs

    May 9, 2019 at 5:15 am

    I had a dream my mom got shot in the head and died in front of me. People were protesting in the streets for her. I woke up sobbing and immediately called to make sure she was fine. It was one of those dreams that felt sooo real I HAD to give her a call

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      May 9, 2019 at 4:56 pm

      These dreams are manifestations of your knowledge of recent shootings and other violent events. Your decision to call her shows the strength of your connection with your mother. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will reduce the frequency of similar dreams from manifesting in the future. Have a great day, Barbs!

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    Crnidemon

    May 7, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    3 nights in a row i had dreams of my friends for school(which i do not hang out with) died in some accidents and main reason of their death was some heart issues. Dafuq this means?

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      May 8, 2019 at 10:11 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your social and emotional relationship with your friends. You will find benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. This will reduce the frequency of similar dreams from manifesting in the future. Nourish these relationships by spending additional time with your friends in person. Have a great day, Crnidemon!

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    Andrea mendez

    May 3, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    This dream I had last night, it was my biggest fear is drowning and water. I refuse to go on a cruise because I hate not having control over any uprising situation.
    I dreamt my that boyfriend and I went on a cruise and there was another woman around with us however it wasn’t in a affectionate sort of way. it was as if she was a cousin or aunt with my bf “parents” however the parents were my parents. any ways, there was an open area on the boat, we were all enjoying ourselves drinking and dancing. I notice the boat tipping so I told my loved ones I was going to be on the opposite end of the boat to prevent getting by the water. the boat tips over to the side, everyone is yelling and running for safety. I some how go end up outside of the boat on solid ground with my bf’s parents(again, my parent faces) and we’re being told they found my bfs body and is dead. I AM CRYING, and I cant stop, I’m scared, sad, heart broken. I’m telling myself how do I move forward-I love him with everything I am. we live together, everything of his is at home when we return. bad memories and good memories but none the less they’re MY memories. and his dad(who is my dad) looks at me as if he’s troubled or shocked saying I don’t know.so then I jump to walking through my apartment door and as I walk into my room, my bf is sleeping on the bed and wakes up and I ran to him crying because I had dreamt him dying. he just consoles me…and I woke up with a panic attack

    a about 4 days ago, my sister had an altercation with my aunts which may cause more separation from my dads family. and I’m sad because after my grandma passed in 2015, my dad family has fallen apart. his brother, wife along with 3 of my closest cousins have completely separated themselves from the whole family. we’ve come to peace with it. I don’t want the family to fall apart anymore than we have. could this be the reason why about my dream

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      May 4, 2019 at 3:46 pm

      Your dreams may be reflections of various social and emotional relationships in your life. Death is often a manifestation of change in a relationship. The events on the boat could be a manifestation of your worries and fears. Allow the negative aspects of your dream to fade. Determine what you want for your future. If there is someone in your life that you want to nourish a relationship with, then do so. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Andrea!

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    Lara

    May 3, 2019 at 12:05 am

    I had a dream that an old childhood friend died. We currently only keep in touch through rare Facebook encounters, but the love for her is there. However, I’m curious to know of it is related to having caught my partner in a lie and being unhappy for some time. I gave up my dream job for this person and we are in a rough economic situation.

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      May 4, 2019 at 2:45 pm

      Your dream could be a reflection of various influences in your life. It is possible that this close enough relationship appeared because of the issues in your current relationship. However, as you are in a relationship, you should determine what you want for your future at this time. Speak with your partner about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Lara!

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    Charlie

    April 30, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    This is a little strange in my opinion, recently I had a dream where I was in a car with my boyfriend at an intersection. The light was red. Soon the light turned green. We started moving, but once we reached the middle of the intersection a car came speeding toward us running a red light. The car “t-boned” us on the driver’s side, my boyfriend’s side. A bunch of blood and screaming later I was pulled out of the car and so was my boyfriend. I only had a few cuts here and there, but my boyfriend had it worse. I don’t want to go into detail, but I’ll just say it was bloody. The impact had killed him. I then woke up in a cold sweat. I have anxiety so instead of crying I had a panic attack. Earlier today my boyfriend mentioned a nightmare he had. When I asked him about it he explained my dream except I was the one driving and I’m the one who died. So, what does this mean?

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      April 30, 2019 at 11:38 pm

      The two of you had similar dreams. This is an indication of your strong emotional relationship and connection. It is clear that the two of you care deeply for each other. These dreams are not manifestations of the future or of fate. It is likely that the connection that you share will continue to grow stronger. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Charlie!

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    Ana

    April 29, 2019 at 7:43 am

    I dreamed about a sleepover with some classmates however I only remember one of them in my dream that it was late at night we were having a study session so couple people decided to sleep over and we ordered food so in the dream I fell asleep while the food came and one of my classmates payed and received the food and was killed by that person who took the food I woke up in my dream with the person who had killed my classmate staring at me on the floor I didnt see his face only a black cap he was wearing what’s this dream mean

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      April 29, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. This dream is not a reflection of the future or of fate. You will find benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. Nourish your relationship with your classmate about your thoughts and feelings. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with your classmate in person. Have a great day, Ana!

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    Levi

    April 28, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    I have five friends and in real life one of the person’s one of his sisters is dead. Today I woke up with a dream that 3 of my friends’ family is in danger. One is already going with the loss, the other is kinda going with another problem and to the other, it was found that his mother have cancer and very soon she gonna die. He doesn’t no what to do and he is starting to take the responsibility of taking care of his 3 sisters. In real life, now I have no chances to talk to him but the dream shows all the 3 friends’ is going through some kinda big problem in the family. It is freaking! What the hell does it mean!?

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      April 28, 2019 at 11:05 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your friend’s sister’s passing. It is possible that there are other influences in your life that are influencing your dream. Ensure that your dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will bring many benefits into your life and into the lives of your friends. Have a great day, Levi!

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    Daisy

    April 23, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Last night I decided to move on from a love interest that happens to be my best friend-he is in an unhappy relationship but I have been kind of waiting for 2 years. In my dream he died from lung cancer and I was sobbing that I lost my best friend and I loved the boy. What does this mean? Does is signify I should move on or I shouldn’t take him for granted?

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      April 23, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      You share a strong social and emotional connection with your best friend. You should continue to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Death in dreams are often manifestations of changes in relationships. If his current relationship ends, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings at that time. Have a great day, Daisy!

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      CKK

      May 10, 2019 at 10:10 pm

      You love him so much that you are always thinking of him and are subconsciously are afraid that you will lose him, which is a justified fear, because he isn’t your boyfriend yet and people sometimes die young. I can relate to your situation about the boy.

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        May 11, 2019 at 8:44 pm

        Thank you for sharing your positive comment. We always appreciate when members of our community support other readers. Please share more of your insights and experiences in the future. Have a great day, CKK!

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    Kate

    April 20, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Okayyy this one is weird. I had a dream that I went to a new high school and there a I saw a bunch of people I haven’t seen for years. After that I went to my first class and there was a random boy in my class who had a crush on me. Mid class, he started bleeding out of his chest but I guess it was a brain tumor ?? It was weird because no one was freaking out including me. I was sure that he had died but apparently he ended up living ? Anyways , thanks !

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      April 20, 2019 at 9:58 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your emotional and social desires. The death aspect of your dream could be a reflection of various influences in your life. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Kate!

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    Vanessa Delina

    April 19, 2019 at 4:27 am

    I dream that the godly man i love is dying ..i saw the funeral ..the coffin…i can accept that hes already dead…we have mutual understanding in real life but no commitment…whats the meaning?

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      April 19, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with this person. The funeral and coffin may be a sign that you are concerned about his health. You will find benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Vanessa!

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    madison

    April 8, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    I had a dream where one of my internet friends, whom I have never met either died in a fire or took their life (unclear cause). Does this have any specific meaning? I woke up crying from this dream haha.

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      April 8, 2019 at 11:10 pm

      This dream could be a reflection of worries or concerns that you may have in your life. Death is often a manifestation of change, so you may be aware that this relationship is altering. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Madison!

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    Siddhant

    March 21, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    What does it mean when you get a dream of a dying person which is not familiar or in any contact with me????

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      web admin

      March 22, 2019 at 1:10 am

      Dreams about death are often manifestations of change. The death of this person that you do not interact with could be a sign that a social relationship in your life has altered. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Siddhant!

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    Mary

    March 19, 2019 at 5:17 am

    My roommate dreamt of me dead but when she went to the hospital, the body she saw is another person. What does this mean?

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      web admin

      March 19, 2019 at 10:08 pm

      Your friend’s dream is a reflection of her emotional relationship with you. Death is often a reflection of changes. The other person could be a sign that she feels that an older version of your relationship has changed into your current relationship. This is a positive dream. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Mary!

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    debrah david

    March 18, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    I dreamt of my dad, whom I am very close with and still live with (he is in my life and I am 16), dying in a very detailed dream and I don’t know what that means and its really scaring me. I don’t want to lose him…

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      March 19, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      Your dream may be a reflection of your relationship with your father. Death is often a manifestation of change. This dream is not a sign of the future. Allow this dream to influence you to nourish your relationship with your father by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Debrah!

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