Dreaming about death is incredibly unpleasant and scary, especially if you dream of the death of someone close to your heart or your pet. It is a subject that everyone wants to avoid. But why do we dream about death? Do these scary dreams mean actual death, or do they only symbolize something beyond our understanding?
Dreams speak to us through symbols; therefore, death does not necessarily mean actual death, but an end of one phase, fear, anxiety, wrong decisions, regrets, significant life changes, ‘death’ of a relationship, or some other problems (especially if this is a recurring dream.)
So, what does a dream about death mean? These are the 13 most common dream scenarios.
Dream about your partner dying
Summary: You’re afraid of your failure in a relationship.
If you were dreaming of the death of your partner – girlfriend or boyfriend, it means that you are doing too much for them. However, you’re doing this stems from fear or anxiety rather than free will.
Perhaps you’re afraid that they wouldn’t be with you if you didn’t do so much for them, or they’d even stop loving you. You are scared of your failure, which may result in a breakup. Stop acting out of fear and let your relationship run its course. What is meant to happen will happen.
The dream of a loved one dying is often the result of your fear of separation or that they no longer love you as they did at the beginning of a relationship. If this is a recurring dream, it’s time to talk to your partner and talk openly about what needs to be changed.
Dream about a child dying
Summary: You miss your childhood and the feelings associated with it—a successful solution to the problem.
The dream of a dying child does not, in any way, speak of the child’s death. Instead, your youthful and energetic inner child is dying or already dying. You are probably so busy that you have no time for fun, adventure, and all that gives you a feeling of freedom. Instead, you should focus on what you love and what makes you happy. It’s time to awaken your inner child.
In a positive sense, this can mean you will successfully solve incoming problems or a problem you managed to solve or end before it took on a dimension.
Dream about the death of a family member
Summary: Wrong decisions.
A dying family member or a loved one in a dream generally symbolizes the inability to make the right decisions. However, you may face significant changes in your life, and you must complete the right decision to get the best possible outcome.
In a positive sense, this dream usually means that the negative aspects you inherited from your parents (such as greed, envy, and bad eating habits) no longer identify you. It may be the greed you inherited from your father or the bad habits your mother has taught you may finally end, or you decide that you no longer want these properties you have from your parents.
Last but not least, it can also mean that if your parent or a loved one has already died, you are missing them, and dreams are one way to remember them or communicate with them.
Dream about your own death
Summary: Your “old self” is dying. Transformation. Life change. Long life.
Seeing your own death is quite a common dream and marks a new beginning; the “death” of your old self; self-development. Some part of your personality dies. You may have this dream when you are sick; it means you’re starting to heal. If you have this dream when you have a lot of stress, it means that pressure will end soon and you will feel better or that the heavy load you’ve been carrying for a long time will soon fall off your shoulders.
Have you ever heard that dreams have the opposite meaning? This dream can be a good example. Some cultures believe that if you die in your dream, it foreshadows a long life.
Psychologically, this dream can also mean that you are very concerned about your health. Maybe you have a bad habit or are deliberately doing something that has a devastating effect on your health. These thoughts and feelings are then projected into your dreams.
Dream about an ex dying
Summary: Letting go of your ex-partner.
You are finally moving on from your ex. Death in your dream symbolizes the end, a thick black line behind your former relationship. If you are no longer in a relationship with your former partner but have often thought about them or been addicted to them, this dream means you are finally letting go and opening your heart to love again. Read more in our article “dreams about ex.”
Dream about someone who has recently passed away
Summary: You have not yet accepted that the person is dead.
Dreaming of someone who has recently passed away means that you still feel as if the person was alive, or you still have vivid memories. This dream may also mean that you have not yet come to terms with the death of your loved one or cannot accept that they are no longer alive. This dream is not unusual because it’s a part of the grieving process. From a psychic point of view, this dream can mean that a person who has recently died communicates with you through dreams.
Dream about dead birds
Summary: Lost faith in your dreams. Something has taken away your dreams or life goals.
This dream is unfavorable, especially if you see dead birds falling from the sky. Birds, as a symbol, represent freedom and our dreams or goals. So if you see dead birds falling from the sky, it means that something has happened in your life that has taken away your dreams and something that has taken away your freedom.
This dream can also mean your fear of losing personal freedom or someone in your life humiliating you, and losing faith in your dreams.
If you see dead birds lying on the ground, it means a situation where you are not sure what you want in life or what your dreams are. You may feel that everything you do is useless; therefore, dreaming or believing in a better future is futile.
Dream of dead fish
Summary: Fear or stress of something that is already resolved.
A dead fish in a dream symbolizes a problem that has become a thing of the past, so it has already been solved. This is usually a problem that has been resolved without your intervention. Maybe you still think that you have some issues or that someone is holding a grudge against you and you are unnecessarily stressed while everything is fine.
Dream about hugging a dead person
Summary: Mourning. You can’t accept the fact that the person is no longer alive. Communication with a specific dead person.
This dream usually means that you are still mourning the death of a loved one, or you often think about them and remember the moments that bring tears to your eyes. It’s hard for you to forget, even though it’s been a long time since your loved one died.
It can also mean that this person wants to tell you something or that they want to warn you about something. For example, if your father taught you how to manage your money better, it’s time to focus on your finances and consider whether your investment is a good choice.
Some old dream books often speak of this as an ominous symbol, which often appears in the dream of very sick people as it symbolizes that death came for them. However, modern dream books do not consider this dream that sinister, and it usually means that the person you hugged in the dream is either trying to tell you something or you miss them and can’t accept the fact that they are no longer alive.
Dream about the death of your friend or best friend
Summary: Strong bond with your friend. They miss you.
When I dreamed of my friend’s death some time ago, I was shocked and didn’t know what to think about the dream. If you had the same dream, don’t worry. There’s no need to panic. Dreams of your friend’s death symbolize their strong bond and connection and that they miss you or often think of you.
If it’s a friend who lives far away or you haven’t seen them in a long time, take your time and call them or text them. waking life
Dream of a dead person talking to you
Summary: An internal struggle over not coming to terms with someone’s death. The soul of the deceased person wants to talk to you.
This type of dream can be quite terrifying, and having experienced it myself, I know how it feels when you wake up. A dream of a dead person talking to you could mean that you are fighting an inner battle in your head since you can’t accept the fact that the person has gone, or you don’t want to admit it.
The second interpretation of this dream is more spiritual in nature. According to ancient dream dictionaries, the dream of a deceased person talking to you is their ‘soul’s way of speaking to you or conveying an important message.’ Although some may deny this because they don’t believe in spirituality or the afterlife, old dream dictionaries claim this (and I prefer ancient dream books over modern ones.)
Dream about a dead person
Summary: Mistrust. “Dead” of a relationship. Broken emotional bond.
A dream about a dead person indicates that your feelings for someone are “dying.” You no longer feel what you felt before. You may have lost trust in someone or discovered that they’re not who you initially thought they were.
It could be someone who put you in an uncomfortable situation; you only want never to see that person again and erase all memories associated with them. This is clearly a broken emotional bond, mistrust, or better yet, the “death” of your relationship.
It doesn’t necessarily always mean that the person did something wrong. For example, it could be a friend who now has a family, and you don’t see each other as often as before. Your relationship has cooled, but nothing bad has happened.
If you saw the dead body of someone you don’t know, it could indicate an emotional problem in your relationship or friendship. In other words, something is not as it used to be.
Dream about dead bodies
Summary: Negative and regretful thinking.
Seeing a large number of dead bodies in a dream often means a feeling of guilt or an inability to come to terms with something. Dead bodies in your dream signify something big that happened that shouldn’t have happened because you could have prevented it or some big mistake that you now regret.
You can’t wallow in negative thoughts and regrets. It’s already happened, and you can’t change it. But what you can change is your present moment. Thus, seeing dead bodies in your dream indicates that something in your life may be amiss and that you may need to make changes.
This type of dream is more of a warning signal or a wake-up call to act before it’s too late.
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