Dreams are a normal part of our physiological system that helps maintain restful sleep. According to a latest research, dreaming is considered as a sign of a healthy and interactive mind and it helps the brain to transfer the thoughts that are in your temporary memory to permanent memory. Many people have a habit of dreaming about stories related to their personal life or related to their loved ones. In the dream, if they see someone dying who is not closely related, they usually ignore the dream; but if the person dying is one of their loved ones, then this fuels the curiosity to find out the reality of the dream. 

But what does it mean when you dream about someone dying? In order to satisfy the guilt, people usually search for other individuals such as priests or fortune tellers who can help them in knowing the truth, but it’s a fact that different people interpret these dreams in different ways and without any proper reference the exact reality cannot be learned.

What Does It Mean When You Have Death Related Dreams?

Death related dreams are usually covered with an intense feeling that takes your sleep away, leaving behind a confused man who is curious to know the reality. It becomes very stressful at times to find the exact truth and this stress may sometimes affect your daily life routines as well. Following are some points that are believed to be the reasons of death related dreams.

Feeling of Guilt or To Be Judged by Someone

A bad incident associated with the past can make you feel guilty, sad or judgmental about yourself. Thinking about that mistake day and night can make that event happen again in your dreams. Sometimes you are not directly involved in any mistake but you have witnessed an incident of seeing someone dying and this feeling that you were not able to help that person can also throw you in a feeling of guilt that will rise again and again through these deaths related dreams.


Current Changes in Life

Death dreams are not always related to your past, they are also connected with your present time in many ways. Any sudden change or shock in your daily life pattern can also be a reason of these dreams. Recent changes in the relationship status such as leaving someone you love even a friend or your beloved pet, job related issues such as unfriendly relationship with fellows and boss, sudden death of a close one, etc. are the most common reasons related to current changes.


Feeling of Fear

Feeling of fear is the most common cause of having these types of dreams. Fear of anything either it’s a human or an animal or any fear of past can lead to death related dreams. Fear of losing someone, different phobias such as fear of height, blood, water, etc. and any bad childhood memories that has imprinted some fear in your mind also make you liable that you see someone dying in your dreams, mostly the person who is behind that fear and not acceptable to you.

What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone Dying?


Psychological Disturbances

Human mind is composed of two sets, conscious stage and subconscious stage. Both states remain separate when we are awake, but at the time of sleep these may mingle. The things that we have experienced during the conscious stage can transfer into our subconscious stage and this can be the reason of seeing someone’s death in dreams. Any trauma, shock, unfavorable condition can play a role in developing these disturbances.


Indication of Pregnancy

According to ancient myths, seeing someone dying in your dreams is an indication of getting pregnant soon. Although no scientific research has proved this concept, it is a fairly popular concept.


Incomplete Personality

According to a theory, it is believed that if you experience someone in your surrounding as overly dominating or possessing some qualities that you don’t have, then you may suffer from such dreams in which you see that person dying.


Disgracing the Possessed Qualities

A totally different and opposite theory also exists according to which if you are blessed with extra ordinary qualities and you are not utilizing them, then you will experience someone dying in your dreams as a feeling of disgrace that the qualities are not appreciated.



One of the most accepted theories of seeing death related dreams is the truth of vengeance and hate. You naturally develop a sense of hate for individuals who has not done well to you or betrayed you, or a person who is the reason for separation from your loved one.


Negative Thoughts

One of the most accepted theories suggest that if you are suffering from negative thoughts regardless if the thoughts are temporary or permanent, you develop a feeling of self-worthlessness or lack of confidence that can lead to dreams of death.


Fear of Losing

It is the most logical reason which specifies that seeing someone dying in your dreams, for instance your loved ones, is an indication that you love that person and you have a fear of losing them. Usually, your loved ones who are already dead such as parents, friends, etc. also develop a fear sense in your brain and will remind you about the incident in these dreams.

What Does It Mean When You Dream About the Dead?


If you find yourself talking to a dead in your dreams, this indicates that you are surrounded by people who are not compatible with you and this compatibility issue is causing a negative effect on your personality. This also symbolizes some kind of material loss and you need to get recovered from that loss as early as possible.


Dreams are an indication of what we are thinking. If you are constantly seeing a person who is recently died, this means that you miss that person and he had left some impact on your mind. It also indicates that you are adapting the problems similar to that of the person you are seeing in your dreams.


Usually you use dreams as a channel to talk to those people who are gone such as parents. The fear of losing a person also leads you to this path. These dreams may also mean that you are trying to understand their death.


Seeing dead siblings indicates that you miss the fun and time spent with them. You select dreams for reliving those experiences.


Parents who have lost their child in any incident dream of that child might mean that they want to keep their child through their thoughts and want to see him grow up in their dreams.


If you see a person dying who is already dead, then this is an indication that you miss that person on some special occasion which is related to that person such as birthday, anniversary, etc.


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  • Abby Oct.20 14:04
    I dreamed that I had this boyfriend in my dream (someone I don't even know) and when I got to see him he was laying on the floor with a guitar case open and someone else standing next to him tells me that I shouldn't had let the case open because now he has to go. I kneel down to hold him and he was dying in my arms saying his last words. What does this mean?
  • Kaiza07Oct.17 08:18
    I dream about someone i love but i dont know him. in my dreams i love him but she have a girlfriend that he loved but suddenly his girlfriend died and i say to him i love you but he dont notice me dont care about my feelings
  • Evan MercerOct.15 13:35
    I was dreaming and as always my parents asked me to mow the lawn and my mom went to trim the tree so could, but the dog was out and she was taking forever till we heard my little brother's screaming so my mom ran to find that his arm had been chipped by the wood chipper that wasn't there in real life. Then when I go to get the dog she says "no" and so I tell me mom and she still went to get her so I said," why don't you ever beleave me!" And she is at the top of the low hanging tree and got the dog inside. Then my brother comes up and falls because he has one arm and falls directly into the wood chipper and I try to help him but failed and I turned around so i wouldn't see his dead body logged in there
  • Nishant KumarOct.14 18:27
    This topic was really helpful. Yesterday evening I dreamed that my best friend has died. And I came to know about it later and hence I went to her funeral. The most disturbing thing about my dream was that even though I saw her dead, it felt as if she was calling me from somewhere, as if she was still alive and she was trying to tell me something. This was what woke me up, drenched in sweat, even on a cool evening. I do not hate my friend, she is my bestie. So what could possibly be the reason for this kind of an unusual dream??
  • zOct.14 02:48
    10/12/2016 I dreamed about people dieing even though I don't know them at all and they all get murdered and I feel it when they die,but. like I felled asleep in the afternoon and I dreamed. And all I can see is a alleyway and a person wearing a hoodie and thet hoodie person starts to run toward me with a needle and I hit the wall behind me and that person Stab's my arm with the needle and I fall to the ground and stare at my arm and my vision is blurry and I wake up super fast and my arm was hurting .. But when I dream all I can see is ma hands and feet and look and it doesn't feel like me I feel like someone else cuz I'm alway's wearing something else when I'm awake but when I dream I have different cloth's on when I was awake.
  • ErikaOct.12 14:56
    I woke up crying and in so much pain my legs hurt more than ever my parents came running into my room cause I was crying so much and then he was like what happened and I just said that my legs hurt so much so i guess they thought I was in so much pain cause I need to walk on my legs so they are going to get me crutches ;-; but that's not y I was crying ???? my dream scared me so bad and I couldn't control it but it wasn't like a scary dream as in scary things but it was about my life... It kind of made me think about it but I couldn't control my dream it was like I was just watching a movie cause I wasn't anybody and I could see myself it's just so weird and it hit me hard when my mom died in my dream ._. Then my dad died and then my littlest sister but before all that happened a lot of my past was brought up and including when I was living at this old place idk what it means since I have lots of dreams of me walking into my old house like it's my second home but there was someone always trying to break into the apartment at night and my dad would always want to go and find him but my mom said no and in this dream I was walking out first out of the apartment and before you get our there is large round stairway instead of a hallway and I see the guy in the bottom so I run to my parents and my dad comes with a gun and kills the guy and this kind of scared me cause the guys face of who was trying to break in reminded me of my step brother honestly the dream made me feel so alone like everyone in my family will die and I will just be there alone and no one will be there to save me protect me be with me and stuff that's y I woke up crying ;-;
  • Java PixelSep.30 02:47
    I had a dream where my parents was at vacation, and my 2 best friends and another friend of mine came over for the day, it was afternoon and these robbers came, and tied up my friends and put them into a corner infront of this old fashioned big clock, and the robbers said to me, " you know where your parents keep the money little girl? FIND IT. Or I'll kill one of your friends, you have 10 minutes." I searched, and searched, I couldn't find anything valuable. 10 minutes was up, and my friend Cassandra was pushed against another corner and the robbers grabbed my hands tightly and forcefully sat me down and I had to watch, WATCH, my friend being shot in the head. After that I had to keep looking for something valuable to save my two best friends, I failed, and had to watch both of them die. In 30 minutes, I lost my 3 important, close, friends to me, it was terrifying and I'm still young, I didn't wake up crying or sweating though. I woke up terrified, (this is the end of the nightmare) I told my 2 best friends I have anxiety. And they were worried, I haven't told my family at all I have anxiety, cause then they'll move me to another school. None of my other friends know I have anxiety ethier. I've been taking lots of naps lately too. I also told 2 of my first nightmares I had with my 2 best friends in it and I both died by an elevator being stuck and going down and dying by getting thrown off a tall building my 2 best friends in 6th grade. I haven't told them anything else cause one of them would just walk away, i didn't want them to be more scared or worried for me, so I stopped the talk about my nightmares. And the other day, this kid at lunch was making a loud noise on the table, and it got me shaken up I started looking at this painting on the wall that was a plane, and I immediately thought of my friend dying in a plane crash. I started to tremble with fear, I started to shake, my 2 friends, let's say Destiny and Stephanie for their fake names, destiny just looked at me with a scared look. And Stephanie tried to make me laugh cause she noticed I was scared, she tried multiple times and said "I'm trying to make you laugh" and I replie with "oh cool to know." I want to them my problems, but I don't wanna at the same time. Haha, wow life.
  • TinySep.28 13:58
    I had a dream were my boyfriend was shot. Its a bit hard to remember. But i was taking a picture and behind me (i was seeing through the camra lense in the dream [so i could see myself]) i was taking a picture and he was walking behind me. Then a man was walking behind him and shot him.. And the rest is blurry. But i woke up sick to my stomache. I cried alot.
  • ZiaSep.23 00:33
    This made me feel more anxious. I just recently dreamt about receing a news that my friend had died. The reason was unstated. We're good friends, we aren't that close but i had known her since i started college, i had been sharing a class or two with her. I hang out with her and her group of friends occasionally. She is currently on a student-leadership seminar in another state. Which made me worried there's something that's going to happen to her. I woke up with a bad feeling and all I texted her, i was being discreet. I just asked how long she's going to stay there and that we were having a test (which was true) my other friend had talked about her yesterday, like how she might miss the test and then I suddenly dreamt about her being dead I dont know what to think, this is my first time looking up a meaning of a dream...
  • DonnaSep.19 11:21
    I woke up dreaming a co-worker from over 20 years ago died. We were not close at all! I even checked the obituaries to see if it actually happened! (No obituary.) I'm not really in touch with anyone from that job. I left the job with many bad feelings. I even sued the place and won a lawsuit; but that was over 20 years ago!
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