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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