What Does Dreaming of Someone Dying Mean? 8 Possible Interpretations

////What Does Dreaming of Someone Dying Mean? 8 Possible Interpretations

Dreaming of someone dying can mean all kinds of things. Dreams regarding death can have many different connotations.

However, many people believe that dreaming of someone dying is a bad omen. It could be a premonition of the person dying in real life. Death dreams usually signify an end to something, whether it is a relationship or a career. So is this the same when we dream of someone dying?

So what does dreaming of someone mean?

Dreaming that a specific person is dying has particular meanings:

If you dreamed that your parents died, then you could be afraid in real life of losing them. If they are ill, then this makes sense that you would dream of them dying. Another reason is that you are taking up some position of responsibility. It could also mean that you are moving on from an immature lifestyle and settling into a more stable one.

Dreaming that a sibling is dying is a common sign that you are missing them or that you do not see them as much as you would like. It is also a sign that you could be jealous of them, either their lifestyle or their relationships. Dreaming that a partner is dying is often an indication that you are trying to deal with their death in real life.

What other explanations can dreaming of someone dying have?

A change in your circumstances

Death dreams usually mean a change of some sort, as death signifies the end or a rebirth of something. Dreaming of someone dying means that this change or rebirth will happen soon if it has not already started. So you could be looking at a new career, finding a new love interest, or setting new career goals.

You feel betrayed by the person

The most common reason for dreaming of someone dying is that you feel betrayed by them in real life. If you are sad about them dying, then this means you are also sad in real life. However, if you were happy or not bothered that they died, this means that this is their punishment for betraying you and you want revenge.

The person dying has qualities you lack

There are those that believe that the person who is dying possesses certain qualities that you subconsciously lack. Think about the relationship you have with this person, are you jealous of them in real life? Do you envy them and wish you were more like them? This dream could also mean that the qualities this person has are no longer useful for you and it is time to move on.

You are afraid of losing someone

Think about your most important relationships in real life. Are you in danger of losing a special person? This could be that someone close to you is ill, or that you feel a partner is not in love with you anymore? This is quite a common dream and is simply your subconscious mind echoing what you are frightened of in real life.

You feel guilty in real life

Guilt feelings can lead to dreams about someone dying. If something terrible has happened and you think you did not do enough to help, then these types of dreams are your subconscious mind trying to deal with it.

You can even dream about someone dying if you were not actually involved in the event, but typically it will involve a close loved one.

You feel controlled by the person who is dying

This is a very subconscious cry for help. If someone in real life is controlling you to the point where you feel helpless, then dreaming about them dying is a passive way out for you.

Dreaming that they are dying doesn’t mean you want them dead, it is just that you need to escape from their controlling ways.

You fear losing something or someone

Fear of loss is often behind dreams of someone dying. When you value someone highly and you are afraid of losing them, this fear often gets transferred into your subconscious mind as dreaming. It is natural that you are afraid of losing the person you feel most strongly for.

It is sign of pregnancy

This is probably the least likely reason for dreaming of someone dying. There have been reports, however, of women dreaming about seeing a person dying just before they got confirmation of their pregnancy. This could be a literal translation of death as a kind of rebirth.

Dreaming of someone dying does not mean that they will pass away in real life. It is more likely that there is a particular feeling of loss about that person. It could be that you are missing them more than usual and usually occur around important anniversaries. Use your dreams about dying to resolve any issues you have with that person and hopefully, they will stop naturally.

Dreaming of someone dying doesn’t have to mean a bad omen. It all depends on the context and situation you are in at that time.


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  1. Marilynn Cottrell February 6, 2018 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    I guess you didn’t read my first question. I ask what does it mean when you dream of someone who already have died. And dreamt that in your dream ALL of your dead relatives and you (me) are having conversation

  2. Sulekha Samanta July 19, 2018 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Last night I had a Dream that there is one girl who is layed in stretcher and she was pregnant with heavy injuries and someone gave me the responsibility to take her to the another hospital safely by walking I made my best try sometimes I was trying to make her happy but sometimes I accidentally hurted her and after long journey when we reached to the hospital and I took her to the emergency room then she suddenly died. I don’t know what this means but tell me what does it mean?

  3. Lushie November 25, 2018 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    I know I’m probably most likely late on this but I am mainly on this site/article because when ever I dream about zombies for as along as I can remember since I was little (also before I was watching TWD so it was when I was in grade 4) and up until now (I’m 15) I just legit had this dream where I was with one of my older brothers along with my uncle and aunt. I was in the car with them and I asked my brother where’s mom and dad, and his response was I don’t know though not only that but my voice was like I was going to have a mental breakdown. Then as the car goes by on the highway (It’s based in the US yet I’m Canadian :/), all I see is deserted, broken places like IKEA is likeall torn down on one side and you can see people living in them peacefully which was odd to me. As soon as we get to some security border or whatever you call it, of course we get out and I obviously stay with my older brother though as we are walking through the security border and we ended up seeing walmart paper ads. It said black friday on it so I was curious enough to pick it up but my older brother had said leave it, I did as told and then we ended up going to the border security checkup thingy. At this point I couldn’t even see my aunt or uncle as if they had just disappeared. While we are waiting, I see this man in a fancy tux and he was holding his baby while waiting around, though stupid me decided to leave my brother and go explore the place. I ended up going upstairs (it was in a spiral…) and I went inside one of the rooms just to check it out. As soon as I stepped into the room, a zombie was walking around in it and he had seen me and charged at me. I left the room but the guy in the tux was right behind me so I grabbed him and forcefully put him in the room I was just in with his baby. Afterwards I heard screaming and loud cries coming from that room but I had only two emotions when that happened, I felt guilty and yet I also felt no remorse for him at all and that I needed to survive, not die. Then out of nowhere I heard multiple screams coming from downstairs so I sprinted to the main area, only to my shock to see my older brother having a zombie lunged at him and he’s trying his best to get him off of him. Now I just wanted to help him or scream out his name but he had seen me and yelled at me to get out of here, once again I did as told. I sprinted off outside somehow and there were these large frences (not the one that you see in elementary schools btw but the actual metal ones >-<) so I had to some how climb them 3 times and beyond that was a little community so I had sprinted there as fast as I could. Inside the community (it was outside of course and they had these tall townhouses but it was only by two) you could see preteens and teens walking and running home so I asked one of them If I can join them and one of them flirted with me but I didn't care. I looked back only to see my brother at the fences and I got scared and thinking what if he got bitten so I tried to go inside the house. Once I was almost inside the house, he ended up right beside me and I said aren't you dead or bitten? and he was like No then after he said that I hugged him tightly and I started crying heavily because I didn't want to lose him. anyways after we go inside the people gave us food an decided to tell us stories and my brother asked if they had went and faced the zombies before. one of the kids was like yeah but with 5 people then as he was telling us what was happening, a young girl goes and has a rampage and started killing the boy in horrible ways and my brother and I had to watch it while trying to eat our foods. AFTERWARDS I just woke up irl because I was so scared and I know my writing is a bit off, sloppy since my grammar is off, and I'm just too lazy to fix it atm. so this is what I had some what experienced this morning

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