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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    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

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      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?

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      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

      web admin

      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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    November 5, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    I had a dream my brother died. He wasn’t responding so gave him a wash he was still a baby in the dream his a teenage lad at the moment.. Then he started to turn blue and shrink. Called 999 from the landline and it was same voice from horror movies and they were mocking me saying try a different number or oh so sorry to hear that goodbye. I tried from the landline and my sisters phone . Both our phones were on 6 percent battery not sure what that means. It was in our house in Zimbabwe. Live in England now. We wrapped him up in a towel after we washed him in the sink. Then after a while he started to expand that’s when I knew he would be ok. Mum and dad came home from work and dad was driving a pick up truck. I ran out screaming we need to go to the hospital but I had no voice. I couldn’t speak at all. My brother was now making sounds but his lips and part of his body still blue. But mum and dad said it’s ok he is alive we won’t go to hospital. Then I woke up. Still have chest pains .. the same pain I have been feeling as I go through the agony of breaking up with my love.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 16, 2020 at 8:51 pm

      The dream may represent some kind of transformation approaching your brother in your waking life. Death is often a sign of change since it is the ultimate transformation. The change coming could be in your brother’s life or in your relationship with him.

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    November 4, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    I dreamt of my dead good friend husband, he was alive in my dream and telling me and comfort me because in that dream i lost my husband (alive in reality). In that dream also while grieving for my husband, i met someone who looks like my husband but a different characters.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 17, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      After seeing a friend lose their husband, it is only natural that your subconscious mind would be afraid of the same thing potentially happening to you as well. Because of this, you dreamed that he was talking to you about your husband dying. Thankfully, the dream just reflects your subconscious thoughts and fears and not what will actually happen in your waking life.

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    October 31, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    I had a dream where a co-worker of my dad and her daughter, a schoolmate and acquaintance of mine, died in a car accident. We’re not particularly close, but I was shocked because I never expected that to happen (in the dream). I only started really crying when we went to their house a while after the funeral and actually saw the memorial altar for her and her mom, and her dad had given us incense sticks to light. I cried because I remembered the times we hung out and just talked, and how cheerful and happy she was. I woke up crying, and even then I couldn’t figure out if they actually died in real life and I just can’t accept it so I cried even more. Now, a few minutes later, I realized it was just a dream. What does this mean?

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      web admin

      February 28, 2020 at 5:56 pm

      Dreams about death are often indications of your thoughts regarding a change in your relationship. You may feel that you need to nourish your social relationships. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy toward you.

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    Taylor love

    October 31, 2019 at 7:53 pm


    I had a dream that my brothers father died. I haven’t spoken to him in years. What could this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm

      Your dream may be a reflection of your emotional relationship with your brother’s late father. You haven’t spoken with him for a long period of time, so it is possible that something in your life caused this dream to manifest. You will honor his memory by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.

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    October 28, 2019 at 6:58 am

    I had this dream wants about this little girl I barely know. I dont think I got her name but I’ll call her Lilly. It was the night before my friend’s birthday party I intended on getting good sleep, instead I dreamt about me and this other guy talking to this girl with this… walkman? I dont know, it looked like one. You Don’t switch out the tapes though, it just sits there plays a song. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to it at first because I was talking to Lilly. She was just saying things a regular girl shouldn’t ask out loud. It wasn’t anything that bad, it is more just about private things I think to myself too. So anyways, we finish talking Lilly and we continue to see her everywhere we went. The movies, the pool, and the school. At the end of my dream, the song on Lilly’s Walkman is more noticeable now. It was soft before but now it felt like it was actually playing in real life. I could feel the vibrations. Lilly is swimming underwater up to the surface. Her ear buds plugged in and her Walkman beside the pool, nested in a blue or red towel. The song is just so beautiful. I can’t remember it but I knew I was enchanted by it. (Oml, this sorta sounds like I got this out of some sorta book but I actually did dream this. Might tell this to my kids one day, if I ever get to that age to have kids. Haha..) Anyways, Lilly was swimming upwards but suddenly stop. The song begins to glitch out and it cuts to the Walkman. It sits there as the song glitches out more and in the background, I can see splashing. The sound of gurgling. Like someone was struggling to get out of the water. The song stops and I knew right there and then, that Lilly drowned.

    This is probably one of the most violent dreams I can remember currently. I’m probably watching too many movies but this isn’t the first death that has got me feeling depressed just thinking about it.

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 4, 2020 at 7:41 pm

      You are aware that the media that you were consuming at the time of this dream may have influenced this dream. It is possible that you need to address this aspect of your life. Death is often a symbol for change, so it is possible that you are dealing with something in your life that needed to be considered. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media at this time. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life.

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    October 23, 2019 at 7:43 am

    I had a dream that my cousin was missing and his remains were found… then I have a dream that his god brother( I’ve known him for my whole life but we’re not actually close) died in a motorcycle accident but when I went to the accident scene he was alive again or woke up right in front of me, what could that mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 20, 2020 at 7:01 pm

      The dream may mean you feel concerned about your cousin or worry that he could get lost or harmed in his waking life. The death in the second dream could reflect your own concern for the god-brother, but the death could also represent some kind of metaphoric death and a transformation in his life.

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    October 16, 2019 at 9:44 am

    I had a dream that the guy I am dating died, he was in the car with my little brother and they went to the store and some guys started shooting at them due to my brother lifestyle, my brother survive but my guy died of a gunshot, I was very upset in my dream, crying, I could even feel the anxiety in my dream of him dying and I was so angry at my brother blaming him of his death.

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      web admin

      April 1, 2020 at 8:55 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your knowledge of recent shootings and other violent events. Death is a reflection of your knowledge of change, though it doesn’t mean that anyone in your dream is at risk. Ensure that this dream guides you in a positive direction. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Nourish your relationships by spending additional time with your partner and brother.

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    Divine Ata

    October 13, 2019 at 5:22 am

    I dreamt that a celebrity, William Bradley Pitt died. What does it mean?

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      web admin

      April 2, 2020 at 11:06 pm

      This dream may be a reflection of your appreciation for his work. Death is often a manifestation of your powerful feelings toward someone, though it may be confusing to consider how death indicates the strength of a connection. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will bring you many benefits in the future.

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    October 12, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    I had a dream and it’s really disturbing. A friend of mine was killed by a spirit and now that friend is asking for help like he thinks he is trapped or something. That spirit is killing more people whenever we find a way to help our friend.

    Bu the way that friend I’m talking about is we are not that close, I’m not thinking about him and not also talking with him.

    • web admin

      web admin

      April 2, 2020 at 11:45 pm

      Dreams about death are often manifestations of your knowledge of change. The spirit may be a reflection of the media that you have consumed. You will find benefit in nourishing your connection with your friend by spending additional time together in person. If you have similar dreams, especially ones with this spirit in it, then you should address the spirit regarding its purpose. This will help you understand the purpose of your dream, which may cause these dreams to appear less frequently.

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    October 11, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    I had a dream of a bunch of old *fake* friends teaching something like a back flip in the air to my friend while I was in my house. In childhood he was always very influenced and manipulated by them. I watched this from the window. I decided to go outside, but then when my friend made a back flip he instantly died, landing on his head. I screamed his name hoping for an answer but he died. Everyone was ignoring his death except me. When i’m sleeping I have no control of my actions. Out of rage, I killed the other group of friends with an axe.
    I’ve distanced from my friend a lot too because he moved in the city, going to a different school while I remained at home and went to school in a big city. But I wish I could still talk to him more. Do you know what this dream means? Thanks

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 3, 2020 at 5:27 pm

      It is clear that your decision to harm the people in your dream is related to your thoughts of their bad actions in your life. The person who landed on his head and died could be someone that you want to nourish a connection with. Death is often a manifestation of your knowledge of change. Take this time to determine what you want for the future. If you want to reach out to him to speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, then do so.

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    October 8, 2019 at 11:30 am

    I dreamt twice of my husband dying and am informing in my office that I’ll not be working cuz my husband is no more and am crying very badly..and nobody cares for me at all.. People r ignoring me.. and I woke up crying bitterly

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 25, 2020 at 1:30 pm

      Death is often an indication of your knowledge of change. You may feel that the people at your work are interested in your emotions. Take this time to make a decision about what you feel is appropriate. Nourish your relationship with your partner by spending additional time together in person.

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    October 7, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    My grandma passed away on the 28th of Sept and I had a dream Oct 1st that she passed away. My dreams don’t actually feel like I’m in them but I knew she passed away as if someone was just telling me and I saw her smiling or happy and she looked kind of faded. After that dream, I felt sad and tried not to assume the worst since my grandma is somewhere else getting treatment and improving her mental health. However, I got the news Oct 6th from parents that she actually had an accident and passed away due to loss of blood and I was in disbelief. I love my grandma and she is the closest person to me. I never got to say goodbye except for seeing her in that dream. She’s probably watching over me with my grandpa now who passed away in May from cancer. How do I heal and get better if she was the closest person to me and whom I had so many memories with and words I wanted to tell her. What does the dream indicate if I had it before I got the news of her passing? I don’t know what to do and I’m only 17. I miss her so much and I hope she knows that, but what can I do now?

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 19, 2020 at 6:09 pm

      It is clear that this dream is a manifestation of the strength of your emotional relationship with your late grandmother. Something in your life has caused this dream to appear, and it is likely that this dream is meant to be a positive influence in your life. You are aware of death, and you know that you should share your kindness and compassion at all times.

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    October 7, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    I always dream of dead people like literally everyday, l always wake up sad, worried and down… I frequently pray about it… Why is it that I dream that someone either my friend, relative or neighbor is dead?

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 25, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      Dreams about deaths are often indications of change. It is possible that you feel that your social and emotional relationships may be in flux at this time. You may be interested in making a major change in your life, so allow these dreams to guide you in a positive direction. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life.

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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

      web admin

      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..

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      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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