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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    April 10, 2020 at 2:38 am

    I’m 24 and I just woke up in tears from having a dream that my ex best friend died. In my dream she died going to a store to buy food for my friend group;however after her death my concern was telling her mom and sister how much I loved her because we hadn’t talked in a long time. In my dream, I was hysterical, constantly crying,and regurgitating what I was eating. Thankfully I was being taken care of by my aunt,uncle,mom and grandma. I’m trying to figure out the significance of this dream but I’m not sure. I think I was either emotional because I may miss my friend in my waking life. Or the fact that my grandma was caring for me in the dream, when in my waking life she passed away 7 years ago. I considered reaching out to this friend after 7+ years not talking but I don’t want to act irrationally.

    • web admin

      web admin

      April 10, 2020 at 4:39 pm

      Dreams about death are often manifestations of change in a relationship. You are aware that the two of you are now distant and have not maintained a relationship for a period of time. Either allow thoughts of your ex friend to fade, or make the decision to reach out to her. Take this time for introspection, as this will help you make a decision about the future of your relationship.

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    April 9, 2020 at 3:40 am

    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.

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    April 7, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    I saw that there was this little baby girl next to me. And this baby girl happened to be the daughter of Ellen Degeneres. I live in Turkey and in my dream, Ellen was in Canada and she didn’t know that her daughter was with me. I was in a car with my least favorite sibling and i was thinking of how to fly to Canada as soon as possible. My brother was telling me about how hard it’s gonna be to take care of a child even for a short period of time, yet i was so determined to look after this baby. The baby was apparently in the backseat so I turned and looked at her i found out that she was looked skinny and was hungry. So we stopped at a supermarket and I got her all the snacks she can eat and then we were gonna fly to canada. I didn’t even have a visa, i only brought my passport and told the security that i need to fly this baby to canada asap. and apparently after getting in a call with ellen we were to fly on a jet. However during the flight i just kept looking at the baby and wondered how much i’ll miss her when she’s gone and wondered if i’d ever get to see her again as i felt a very powerful connection to her. Then i woke up.

    • web admin

      web admin

      April 8, 2020 at 8:17 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your appreciation of the work of Ellen. It is possible that your dream about this child could be a sign that you are interested in having a child of your own. It is possible that you have a connection to Canada as well. Take this time to consider what you want for your future. Take whatever action it is that you feel is appropriate.

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    March 29, 2020 at 1:43 am

    most times when I dream that people die it usually happens and last night I dreamt that a friend of a friend died in a car accident and her soul was out of her body and she didn’t even realize it and she kept trying to find her way home and in the dream I happened to be around where she was and I kept avoiding her cuz it would be disturbing to come face to face with a dead person’s spirit I woke up traumatized

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 31, 2020 at 11:26 pm

      Dreams about death are often indications of your knowledge of change. This dream does not mean that your friend’s life is in danger, rather it may be a sign that you are aware that something about her life or your relationship with her is changing. Nourish your connection with her by spending additional time together in person.

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        April 8, 2020 at 8:01 am

        i had a dream but i cant remember all scenes about someone i don’t know. We are in the street,and he sits beside me and we talk to each other then we take a picture and i think i like him because he is quite handsome. Next day his friend text me that, his friend died and i cried a lot, and tell it to my sister about what happened and i said to her that at least we took a picture. and i woke up crying because of that boy

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          web admin

          April 8, 2020 at 8:39 pm

          Dreams about death are reflections of your knowledge of change. It is possible that the presence of your friend and sister within your dream are manifestations of the strength of those relationships. Ensure that your dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life.

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            April 9, 2020 at 7:42 am

            is it possible that i can meet the person on my dream?

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    March 27, 2020 at 8:10 am

    nice blog

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      web admin

      March 31, 2020 at 11:52 pm


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    February 28, 2020 at 1:39 am

    Two of my female friends told me on different occasions that they had a dream about me and I was dead in the dream…what does it mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 28, 2020 at 5:15 pm

      Death is typically a sign of transformation and change in dreams, so it unlikely that this means that they expect you to die sometime soon. Instead, your friends probably sense that some kind of change is approaching in your life and had the dreams because of that expectation.

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        March 13, 2020 at 11:45 am

        Someone who i don’t talk to anymore said he was going to kill himself if i stopped talking to him so i felt pressured to keep on taking to him. Now we don’t talk anymore but he still sends me messages that i don’t reply to. But i regularly have dream about me at his funeral or him killing himself, but he’s not dead. What should i do?

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          web admin

          March 13, 2020 at 6:53 pm

          I wouldn’t talk to him anymore. You can’t control whether someone kills themself or not. Most likely, he was saying it to manipulate you. If not, then he needs professional help. If he ever makes that threat again, call the police or a school counselor so that they can intervene and get him the mental health care he needs. Your dreams are only happening because the memory of him is so closely linked to death and suicide in your mind.

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    February 16, 2020 at 2:14 am

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

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 16, 2020 at 7:35 pm

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

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        February 23, 2020 at 7:16 am

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

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          web admin

          February 23, 2020 at 6:30 pm

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

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      foot book

      February 23, 2020 at 1:47 am

      I think

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    January 31, 2020 at 6:20 am

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

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      web admin

      February 3, 2020 at 8:34 pm

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

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    January 27, 2020 at 2:02 am

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

    help please?

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 27, 2020 at 7:21 pm

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

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    January 19, 2020 at 4:21 am

    I had a dream where I was hanging out with someone I admire and then someone shot them and while they were walking away I saw their face and it was me.
    Also it keeps repeating every night.
    What can this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 20, 2020 at 1:49 pm

      The dream may mean you are concerned that if you actually get to approach the person you admire, the relationship won’t work out or they won’t live up to all of your expectations. Thankfully, dreams are a reflection of your subconscious thoughts, fears and desires, so it is highly unlikely that this dream situation will occur in your waking life.

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    January 14, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    I dreamt of both a dead bull and my uncle dying. What to Interpret out of it

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 17, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      The bull may simply be a representation of your uncle, or it may have a symbolic meaning in connection to him. Death is often a sign of change or transformation in a dream, so this dream probably doesn’t reflect anything sinister or dangerous (thankfully!).

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    January 11, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    I dreamt that a good friend of mine shot himself in the head in front of a class full of people for no reason and for some reason I was so distraught, I picked up the fun and tried to kill myself but there were no billets left. The rest of the dream I was inconsolable, trying to talk to his mom, but the teacher who was being pretty nice with me, still made me sit down and do work with the rest of the class. It was really disturbing.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 12, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      This dream may just be a reflection of all the mass shootings that keep happening across the country and the fear that something like this could happen in your own life.

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    January 10, 2020 at 5:13 am

    I had a dream about somone,I don’t know who they were or what their gender was but they were I guess playing by themselves and they got scared of something it was like, it was invisible only that person saw it and tried to run away but any way something slashed their throat and did it again while they were trying to run away and did it a again after they tried to run to there house but they were like spit in half. I’m sorry if it was too much, it just scared me.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 11, 2020 at 11:46 am

      Dreams about death are often indications of your knowledge of change. It seems that fear was an important aspect of this dream, so it is possible that you are navigating concerns in your life at this time.

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    January 7, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    I had a best friend in my dreams but had never met this person in real life or anyone like them since this happened. We were the closest of friends and I felt a lot of initial sorrow when I would wake up knowing that it was all fake or rather just a figment of my imagination, just wishing to fall back to sleep to see them again. One night in my dreams there was a house fire and I was pushed out of the house by this person. My friend said that they wouldn’t be able to make it but that I would be okay. They told me I need to let go and move on with my life. I watched them burn up in the fire as they smiled back at me with tears running down their face, trapped behind a blockade of fallen debris. Shortly after that I woke up in a cold sweat and had tears running down my face.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 8, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      The dream seems to show a desire to have a close friend to love and support you. The fact that you lose this friend in the dream may mean your subconscious mind recognized that the person doesn’t actually exist in your waking life quite yet.

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      Asma Akter

      January 21, 2020 at 9:10 am

      I just saw a cat was crying on my desk then I got up from bed and when I turned back I saw a beautiful dead girl was lying on my bed….the day after that my grandmother died . Can you please explain this?

      • web admin

        web admin

        January 21, 2020 at 6:12 pm

        The girl may represent yourself and the part of you that is now gone because your grandmother is gone. The crying cat may just be a direct representation of your grief and the trauma you are going through.

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    January 5, 2020 at 7:22 am

    I dreamed that my niece died she was playing with my nephew and she was inside a bag and she died

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 5, 2020 at 9:32 am

      The dream may show that you fear about all of the potential dangers that exist in the world. Death is often a sign of transformation, so you may just feel like your niece has changes approaching in her life.

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        January 6, 2020 at 10:56 am

        I keep dreaming of my cousin dying or about to die. Have also had dreams where he is in trouble. Really starting to freak me out.

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          web admin

          January 6, 2020 at 7:16 pm

          The dream may have been random at first. Because of the trauma and negative response to the dream the first time you had it, it became embedded in your subconscious and more likely to reoccur. I wouldn’t read too much into it, so you can relax. 🙂

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    December 28, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    I had a dream about it being my bf, he means the world to me, what happened there???

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      web admin

      January 2, 2020 at 4:12 pm

      Death is often an indication of a change in a relationship. Nourish your connection with your partner by spending additional time together in person.

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    December 26, 2019 at 6:52 am

    The person I dreamed about was a ex boyfriend of mine I was texting telling him that I still loved him and I that I need him and miss him. He wasn’t replying cause he was with family but that doesn’t explain why I dreamt about him dying?????.

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 27, 2019 at 6:11 pm

      Death is often a symbol for a change in a relationship. You are aware that the two of you are no longer maintaining a relationship, so that may be the reason for his death in your dream. If you are still attempting to communicate with him, then you should abstain from doing so at this time.

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    December 17, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Even if you climb to the highest mountain, you can only take a step on the ground

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    December 14, 2019 at 5:37 am

    One time I had a dream about my friends mom and grandmother dieing

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 5, 2020 at 10:53 am

      Death is often an indication of your knowledge of change. You may feel strong emotional connections to your friend’s mother and grandmother.

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    December 13, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    I had a dream that my crush died and nobody knew why and then i had to go back in time to try and stop it from happening and i did and it was scary but we were all happy in the end crush included he even hugged me and we went out and his mom was like aww you and your bestfriend are cute he was like she’s my best friend and my gf and then we walked we were at thee park i think or something. then all in the same night i had a dream that i was reunited with 6 old friends while i was helping out at a daycare type place hanging out with this 3 or 5 year old named jasper in the daycare type place 3 of my 6 old friends were there sitting at a desk in one of the rooms there talking something about me getting bullied or something and my ex was calling to apologize and i didn’t answer bc i was talking to those three friends which were all boys and i knew them since 5th and 6th grade one of them i knew since preschool then the other 3 of my 6 friends came in from the door way one was a boy and the other two girls one of them i only talked to like once or twice but she’s really nice so i considered her my friend then the other i forgot her name but i knew we were good friends then the other was a boy to who i ran up and hugged and he hugged me tight back i hugged the other to as well then i said something about it being my last day in the neighbor hood or something the we all hugged again but i hugged him 1 more time after we all group hugged Bc he’s always been like one of my favorite Fake brothers
    i’m not lying this was a real dream pls i need an answer asap

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 5, 2020 at 11:12 am

      Death is a manifestation of your knowledge of change, and it seems that other social relationships appeared in your dream. You may feel that you are losing your crush, so take the opportunity to speak with your crush about your thoughts and feelings.

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      February 1, 2020 at 8:12 pm

      my dream is messy but here it is, at first i was watching a boy that i don’t know eating in a noontime show with its hosts, they were interrogating the boy because that was the show is for making jokes and cuteness of kids. all of the sudden the kid stopped eating and keep saying “i don’t want to eat anymore, i want my daddy.” my world spins and in front of me is the boy’s daddy, he looks like he have been in a car or motor accident holding a shattered glass he approached me, it was unclear who wrote the message in my palms “i ❤️ you.” for his son. i know it was me but it’s like his spirit come inside of me and wrote it, but before that my hands are all bloody and ugly. he disappeared and i told the boy the message his dad left, the boy told me that he suddenly remembers that i have an ability to share a message from the dead to the living. after that i left with an alcohol thinking how to clean up my wound because my hands are a disaster, one of my finger is gonna fall off. my dream is like i’m in the middle of dead and the living.

      • web admin

        web admin

        February 3, 2020 at 8:21 pm

        Your dream is a reflection of a wide variety of influences in your life. You feel that you are communicating with both the dead and the living. This gift should be used to help you share your positive energy with the world. If there is someone in your life who needs help, then be certain to support them.

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