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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    Adrienne D Pinckney

    July 26, 2019 at 1:57 am

    I had a dream that I was with my old best friend and he died by getting shot by someone that I don’t particularly like, but they don’t know that. Once he was shot, somehow me and the person that I don’t like tried to hide the body (in a black trash bag) in a elevator and than the dream ended. I’m scared to go back to sleep but really need help with this one!

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      July 26, 2019 at 10:26 pm

      Dreams of shootings are indications of your knowledge of recent shootings and other violent events. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media. This will draw positive people and energy into your life. Do not be concerned about sleeping. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address whoever is attempting to harm you about their purpose. Have a great day, Andrienne!

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    Melissa

    July 26, 2019 at 1:23 am

    It’s currently 4 am where I’m at right now and I woke up crying and stressed and frustrated but in my dream, I was at like at someone’s party but I don’t remember how I got there, I just remember walking in. So at the party, it’s been a while and I receive a call from my mom (note that in real life my mom always call me if she ever needs anything or just to make sure I got somewhere safe) but in the phone call she just says “hey I’m leaving, I’m cold and sad” and she sniffles like she’s been crying and she takes her last breath. There’s no sign of like suicide she just said good-bye. What does that mean? It hurts even though it’s not real

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      July 26, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      The party within your dream may be an indication of your social and emotional desires. The behaviors and statement of your mother could be a reflection of your knowledge that she is aging. Nourish your relationship with her by spending additional time with her in person. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Melissa!

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        Melissa Martinez-Barbosa

        August 3, 2019 at 9:21 pm

        Thank you so much even though I’m late.

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          August 4, 2019 at 1:43 pm

          Thank you for sharing your positive comment. We look forward to hearing more of your thoughts and feelings in the future. Have a great day, Melissa!

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    Melissa

    July 26, 2019 at 1:22 am

    It’s currently 4 am where I’m at right now and I woke up crying and stressed and frustrated but in my dream, I was at like at someone’s party but I don’t remember how I got there, I just remember walking in. So at the party, it’s been a while and I receive a call from my mom (note that in real life my mom always call me if she ever needs anything or just to make sure I got somewhere safe) but in the phone call she just says “hey I’m leaving, I’m cold and sad” and she sniffles like she’s been crying and she takes her last breath. There’s no sign of like suicide she just said good-bye. What does that mean? It hurts even though it’s not real

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      July 26, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      The party within your dream may be an indication of your social and emotional desires. The behaviors and statement of your mother could be a reflection of your knowledge that she is aging. Nourish your relationship with her by spending additional time with her in person. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Melissa!

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    JK

    July 23, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    I had a dream just this morning. In my dream, my roommate was found dead after missing for a few days. Worst part is she was in a trash bag, so it was speculated that she was murdered.

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      July 24, 2019 at 10:18 pm

      This dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. This will reduce similar dreams from manifesting in the future. Death is often an indication of your knowledge of change. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, JK!

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    David J.

    July 20, 2019 at 7:04 am

    I just had a dream (and cannot go back to sleep because of it), where I was watching two news reporters sitting on a rock ledge at the Grand Canyon. The rock was very unstable and barely attached to the rest of the canyon. (Almost like an upside down pyramid…. with the bottom of it, where they were sitting on top of… on an area approximately 4ft by 5ft). As the news camera began zooming out (from a few hundred yards away)… I watched the rock break off and both reporters fall a long way down… till their bodies finally hit a slopes part of the canyon, and their bodies rolled and became all mangled against other rocks. A few seconds later… the news station realized what just happened and cut to a commercial.

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      July 21, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of various concerns that you may have in your life. The media may be under threat in the area of the world that you live, and this dream could be a manifestation of that knowledge. There may be be someone in your life that is in need of support. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, David!

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        David J.

        July 22, 2019 at 8:20 am

        Wow…

        Thank you very much!!

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          July 22, 2019 at 1:36 pm

          Thank you for sharing your supportive comment. Please share more of your thoughts and feelings in the future. Have a great day, David!

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    She

    July 15, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    I had a dream that my mother was shot in front of me.

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      July 16, 2019 at 12:14 pm

      It seems like you may have commented twice on this one. I have to answer and approve each comment individually, so it may take me a bit to answer all of them. If you do not see your comment away, do not worry because you will. Read through my initial response and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for commenting!

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    She

    July 15, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    I had a dream that my mother was shot in front of me

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      July 16, 2019 at 12:10 pm

      I would have to know more about the entire situation to tell you exactly what it means. Judging by just what you said, you may have a fear that you could lose someone close to you or have them hurt in some way without any ability to actually stop that situation from happening.

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    Kim

    July 10, 2019 at 5:30 am

    I had a dream that my late husband, I am currently remarried, let a couple have sex in our bed and she died. I was asleep on the couch apparently while this happened. I did not see the dead woman but I remember looking at the bed and thinking it’s really small for us to sleep in. For some reason I also drank pickle juice from the jar in my dream. I was really upset over this woman dying and my husband letting them use our bed. It just seemed like a really strange dream to me. What could it mean?

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      July 10, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. It is certain that you will benefit from abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. The dead woman may be a manifestation of your knowledge of death or change. The pickle juice could be a sign that you are aware of the health benefits of drinking pickle juice. Make a decision about what you want for your future. There may be something confusing that you are dealing with at this time. Take whatever action you feel is appropriate. Have a great day, Kim!

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      Dee

      July 19, 2019 at 2:43 am

      I had a dream that my xboyfriends mum died. He and I did end on the greatest of term therefore I hesitate to call. I havent been in touch for over a year.

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        July 19, 2019 at 2:49 pm

        This dream may be a reflection of a wide variety of influences in your life. This dream does not mean that she has died. You have not spoken with your ex for over a year, so allow this dream to fade. Death is often a manifestation of your knowledge of change, so look inward and determine if there is something in your life that you need to adapt to. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Dee!

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    Shania Moreland

    July 10, 2019 at 12:56 am

    I had a dream theses two “spirits” were after me and my sister, I didn’t know why.(my mom wasn’t in the dream just a bunch of friends) in the end my friends got in to a car to get away but there was to much to fit so they all went first and I texted my dad to grab expensive from the house and clothes. The road we were on some how turned in to a cabin thing that was though some trees when he was coming with the stuff the “spirits” hit his head to the point where it was bleeding and all I could do was watch because ik if I went down there I was gonna die too.

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      July 10, 2019 at 1:34 pm

      The spirits may be reflections of various spiritual concerns that you may have in your life. It seems that you are have a concern or worry regarding death. The clothing may be a reflection of your thoughts in regards to your material possessions. 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. Have a great day, Shania!

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    Rose

    July 6, 2019 at 1:36 am

    I had a dream where the father of my best friend died. We all got very sad and emotional, especially me because i have a very good relationship with her parents.
    Her mother is pregnant and since she was having a boy after 4 girls, she was very happy about that ( this happened in real life, the pregnancy part i mean ), but now in the dream she seemed to not want the baby anymore.

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      July 8, 2019 at 12:13 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with your friend’s father. Death is often a manifestation of your knowledge of change. The pregnancy is a symbol of life, which is also a sign of change. It seems that you are aware that these relationships will alter over time. Make a decision about what you want for the future. Nourish your relationship with the people in your life, as this will ensure that you remain an important part in their life at this time. Have a great day, Rose!

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      Anon

      July 19, 2019 at 5:54 am

      I had a dream in which my grandma died of cancer. She doesn’t have cancer and hopefully never will. Well, technically she died because they euthanized her because she didn’t want to be in pain. I had to say goodbye to her and everything. I remember falling asleep and waking up to her just laying and waiting for medicine to kick in. It was really upsetting because me and my grandma are really close.

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        July 19, 2019 at 4:15 pm

        This dream may be an indication of your emotional relationship with your grandmother. You may be concerned about her health, or you are aware of the benefits of euthinasia. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Nourish your relationship with your grandmother by spending additional time with her in person. Have a great day, Anon!

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    Bob

    June 26, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    I had a dream where I was in my cousin’s place and I got a call from my father and he said that my grandma was going to die in a few hours. I quickly went home and there sat my grandma looking tensed not talking to anyone.And then I ent and sat beside her and suddenly I woke up crying in my bed.

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      June 26, 2019 at 8:41 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with your grandmother. This dream is not a reflection of the future or of fate. Death is often an indication of your knowledge of change. Nourish your relationship with your grandmother by spending additional time with her in person. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Bob!

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        daniel

        June 28, 2019 at 10:58 am

        had a dream
        in the dream 3 days have passed
        first day my dad died
        2nd day my mother died
        3rd day , to somehow overcome the grief of the death of my parents i went out and bought a dog which i fell instently in love,
        the second i go out with him for a walk , he got hit by a truck

        i remember crying trough out the whole dream
        woke up crying too

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          June 28, 2019 at 10:46 pm

          Your dreams are manifestations of your knowledge of death. It is possible that you are aware of a recent death in your life. You likely feel a strong emotional connection with those who passed in your dreams. Ensure that these dreams guide you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy toward you. Nourish your relationships with your family members at this time by spending additional time together. Have a great day, Daniel!

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      Bob

      June 28, 2019 at 11:45 am

      My cousin died almost 2 months ago and in my dream my dad killed my brother and my mom divorced him. Then my mom died of cancer (my grandma had cancer a while ago.) even though my mom had “died” I was the only one who could see her all the time as if she was still there. I’m just confused because in real life my cousin died and my grandma had cancer, both events occurred in my dream.

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        June 28, 2019 at 11:02 pm

        The deaths of your cousin and grandmother appeared in your dream as a reflection of your emotional relationship with them. The murder of your brother is not a reflection of the behaviors of the people in your life. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media, as this will reduce the frequency of similar dreams from manifesting in the future. Nourish your relationships with your family members by spending additional time with them in person. Have a great day, Bob!

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    Dee

    June 25, 2019 at 2:50 am

    I had a dream of a coworker dying itvwas a horrible death think it was a terminal illness i was comforting her paerner and friends and helping her
    The machines at the hospital said she had died butvshe kept sitting and taking big breaths

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      June 26, 2019 at 10:27 am

      Death is often a manifestation of the knowledge of change. This is not a dream regarding the future or of fate. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. If you want to nourish your relationship with your coworker, then do so. Ensure that you share your positive energy with the world, as this will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Dee!

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    Bhawna Panchal

    June 22, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    I had a dream that i am near a hospital and having a cold drink after my friend’s sister’s operation. So some random vendor comes up to me to sell a drink. I say no to him. He gets so angry that he fills the bottle with water and throws the water on me. Next day i goto him in anger and ask him why he did that. I had a glass that i wanted to crack before him to show my anger. Situation turn to the extent that he he will jump down the building if i ask so. I said yes. He jumped down. Later there is a court scene.. my fam is there.. i am so worried that if i go to jail then my life will be spoilt. As a good gesture I ask my sister to contact that person’s wife and daughter, for any financial help.

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      web admin

      June 23, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      The dream seems to show a worry about an unexpected event or person getting in the way of your life. You may also be concerned that you will lack the necessary self-control to stay out of such a situation, judging by your reaction in the dream. By planning ahead and being cautious in your decision making, you can prevent such problems from happening in your real life. Best of luck, Bhawna Panchal!

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    Anurag Sampang

    June 21, 2019 at 6:28 am

    I had a dream in which I was in an unknown place with my family and we were staying in an apartment building. I was sitting in the balcony of our flat and I saw six people were trying to fix an electric pole (they had no harness) which was right beside the balcony. I saw them and then i reached out for my mobile for playing game as I was bored. Then suddenly i heard a scream from below and i was shocked to see one man had fallen down below and then one after another 4 people out of six had fallen down to death. I was so shocked and panicked, i went inside to tell my family about it and then i came back to find the last two people finished their job and were nowhere to be seen. It all felt so real

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      June 21, 2019 at 10:11 pm

      This dream may be a reflection of concerns or worries that you may have in your life at this time. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Anurag!

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    Erica

    June 17, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    I had a dream that my crush and I finally started to date, we were so in love, happy. Then suddenly one day a friend tells me he died. We had no clue as to how this happened and I was devastated, hysterically crying and I felt every pain and tear in that dream. Then it changed to me drowning from how sad I was that he was gone.

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      June 17, 2019 at 10:17 pm

      Your dream may be a reflection of your social and emotional desires. Death is often an indication of a change in the relationship. It seems as though you may be interested in speaking with your crush about your thoughts and feelings. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him as well. Have a great day, Erica!

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    Lee

    June 17, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    I had a dream i was in the hospital and saw a random body-less person hooked up to tubes. He threw the tube that he was breathing in, which had a sharp needle, and it pierced me and someone in front of me at the same time. I wanted to punch him but he died right after throwing the needle and I soon died after. I’ve been having several death dreams of random strangers but this is the first time I died. What does this mean?

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      June 17, 2019 at 10:05 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of various concerns or worries that you may have in your life. You will certainly find great benefit in abstaining in consuming violent and dramatic media. Dreams about death are often indications of a change that you may have in your life. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Lee!

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    P

    June 9, 2019 at 6:15 am

    I had a dream where my bf was stabbed he was fine a couple weeks later he died

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      P

      June 9, 2019 at 6:19 am

      My heart started to ache and my chest was about to burst. Every time someone said his name I would cry my eyes out.

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        June 9, 2019 at 9:18 pm

        Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. It is certain that your supportive comments will help other members of our community. Please share more of your thoughts and feelings in the future. Have a great day, P!

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      web admin

      June 9, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. You will have dream benefit abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Nourish your relationship with your partner by spending additional time with him in person. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, P!

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    Galaxy Says

    June 6, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    I saw a dream in which i was sitting my exams in my classroom with random people from school and a junior freind of mine started coughing uncontrollably. Then, she was coughing up pools of blood. No one knew what to do. Everyone was crying and panicking. We asked to take her to hospital and she said” its ok i’ve taken my medicine” as she said this she coughed up more blood until she died right there. And suddenly i woke up. What does it mean?

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      June 7, 2019 at 1:55 am

      This dream may be a reflection of various influences in your life. Your social relationship may be changing, as death is often a symbol for change. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. If there is someone that you want to maintain a relationship with, then nourish that relationship by spending additional time in person. Have a great day, Galaxy!

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    Nina

    June 2, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    I had a dream my friend came over to sleepover and I had this weird feeling that someone was watching us. It wasn’t a human being. The following day, in that dream, my friend died. I attended the funeral. After that I came home and went to the bathroom. The bathroom was the old before we had it renovated. It was dark and I saw a silhouette of my mom and she stood up but she transformed into a ghost, a boy with distorted face. He told me that I’m the next one. A few days ago, another friend of mine(not the one I mentioned before) committed suicide by hanging. I’m so sad to learn that he was struggling but he didn’t appear in my dream. Should I warn my other friend about this? Because she appeared in my dream and I have a feeling this is connected to my friend who died recently in real life. What does it mean I’m next? Please I need answers.

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      June 4, 2019 at 9:49 pm

      The dreams and recent deaths may be manifestations of a wide variety of influences in your life. Since you dreamed about your friend and you feel impelled to speak with her, you should ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with her. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with her in person. If you feel that it would be appropriate or beneficial to share your dreams with her at that time, then do so. Have a great day, Nina!

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    Jasmine

    May 22, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    My aunt fought with me in a dream and she has blamed me with many fake things. I started crying and try to wash my face. Suddenly, I saw my dead father while holding my 2 years old child and doing so, he is crying and looking at me from away. I came to the earth and I am so tired that I even not able to move and hold his hands. We both are looking at each other and crying. What does it mean? Thanks

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      May 23, 2019 at 3:21 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of various emotional connections and concerns that you may have in your life. The presence of your late father is a manifestation of your relationship. Allow the negative aspects of your dream to fade. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will help you honor the memory of your father. Have a great day, Jasmine!

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        Rachel

        July 27, 2019 at 5:13 am

        So I dreamt about me and my friend on a military base I think? And I don’t know why we were there, probably trespassing. The weird thing is I didn’t see any soldiers, they looked like regular people. Anyways, I wanted to escape through the window but due to him having watch everywhere I wasn’t sure how it was going to be. Next thing I know, I opened the window and I see this stranger laying down on the street bleeding while some people were surrounding him (I didn’t looked shocked or anything, my main goal was to escape) I guess I didn’t care in the dream? But I told my friend there’s a guy dying and someone stole his finger?? Then one of the people was walking passed our room and I made a fake excuse we we’re really hurt but they ignored me due to them trying to find a phone or something to report the death of the guy.

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          July 27, 2019 at 8:40 pm

          Your dreams about the military base could be a reflection of your thoughts regarding the military. The regular people could be a sign that you are aware that military people are just regular people who joined the military for one reason or another. The wounded people could be a manifestation of your knowledge of the dangers associated with war. Your attempts to share your kindness and compassion are manifestations of your positive energy. Have a great day, Rachel!

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