A dream about somebody’s death can be quite upsetting, but the good news is that it’s usually not about death at all. However, there are several other possible interpretations, so in this post, we answer the question, what does it mean when you dream about someone dying?
What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone Dying?
Sometimes when we dream of death, it can be provoked in one way or another by the recent death or impending death of somebody in real life. For example:
Somebody close is going to die soon or has recently died
If we know that somebody we are close to is going to die soon, it’s not uncommon to dream about them dying, and if we have recently lost someone we love, we’re even more likely to dream about their death.
In cases such as these, the dream may be reported as being a pleasant experience, an experience that is both pleasant and upsetting or one that is just upsetting – but in any case, the dream is most likely a part of the grieving process and is a way of coping with the loss.
A dream of somebody who passed longer ago
We may also dream of those who passed longer ago, and this may be interpreted as your subconscious mind expressing how much you miss them.
Alternatively, some people prefer to see the dream as a visitation from the loved one. It is a message that they are safe in the afterlife and that you are still in their thoughts.
A chance to say goodbye or resolve unfinished business
It’s also possible to dream of a deceased loved one if you didn’t get chance to properly say goodbye or if you left things unsaid between you.
In this kind of case, the dream may be a way of seeking closure, allowing you to accept their death and move on in a healthier way.
Never a premonition of impending death
One thing a dream of death can never be is a premonition that the person who dies in your dream is about to die in real life, so if this was causing you to worry, you can put your mind to rest.
Causes unrelated to death
Having looked at dreams that are somehow related to death in a literal way, now let’s move on to looking at dreams of people dying that have interpretations completely unrelated to death.
A transition or transformation
If you dream of somebody dying, one of the most common interpretations is that the death you are witnessing is a metaphor for a change, transition or transformation.
Perhaps you are aware of a major phase of your life coming to an end and a new one about to start. For example, you are about to move away, or you are about to start a new job – or perhaps you are about to get married or even have your first child.
If you are going through any of these important changes in your life or anything similarly momentous, the death in your dream is symbolic of the “death” of your old life and the birth of the new part to come.
This means if you are aware of big changes on the horizon, this interpretation of the dream is the most obvious one. It tells you to face the future with hope and optimism because change is a universal constant that should be embraced for the opportunities it brings.
Another possibility is that your subconscious is telling you that your life has stagnated and a change is required to allow you to continue to grow and progress.
If you are unaware of big changes on their way, you should spend time in deep thought and meditation to analyze how making changes would benefit your life – and if you realize change is required, you should have the courage to go ahead and make that change.
A change in a relationship
If you dream about someone dying, it could signal a change in your relationship with that person – something that you may be aware of consciously or only subconsciously.
Perhaps you feel yourself drifting apart from somebody, or maybe you didn’t fully make up with them after an argument, and now there is a lingering hint of bad blood between you that has caused your relationship to cool.
If something like this sounds like it could be true, the dream may be telling you to make more effort to stay in contact or patch things up – or just accept that from now on, your relationship won’t be what it once was.
However, it could also turn out that you’re glad to see the back of somebody, and that if your previous relationship fades, then it might not be a bad thing.
At the same time, also be aware that a dream about a friend or family member might not be about that person at all and could have a completely different meaning.
The end of a relationship
A dream of a dying friend can also signal the end of a relationship – or the desire to end a relationship.
If the relationship in question was of the romantic kind, the dream could be telling you that the relationship is over and now it’s time for you to accept it and move on.
Another possibility is that if you are still in a relationship, it might be time for you to end things and walk away because things aren’t working – and your subconscious has given you this dream to help you face this reality.
If the relationship is not a romantic one, this dream could also be a sign that the relationship is not worth pursuing since all the effort in maintaining it is coming from you without you receiving anything in return.
A need to pay more attention to yourself
If you dream of yourself dying, a likely interpretation is that you are not paying enough attention to yourself and your own well-being because you are spending too much time trying to keep everybody else happy.
Of course, it’s important to look after our friends and family, but if we neglect ourselves, we can leave ourselves in a poor mental state unable to care for anybody.
This means sometimes you just need to put yourself first and do the things you want to do – and let the others wait for a change.
Giving up a behavior
If you are giving up something like smoking, a dream about somebody dying – especially yourself – could be a manifestation of the end of that behavior.
If you are trying to give up smoking and you dream of yourself dying, the dream represents the death of the smoker in you – but it also represents your rebirth as a non-smoker, so this dream should be seen as a positive one that can encourage you to stick to your resolution.
The death of a friend – what does that friend represent?
If you dream of a friend dying, it can also be about what that person represents to you.
Is there something you used to enjoy together that you no longer do? For example, the dream could be about someone you used to go skiing with, but now you have been forced to give up skiing due to injury.
In this case, dreaming about the death of this friend isn’t related to the friend but the end of your skiing hobby.
This dream could have lots of interpretations, but you’re the only one who can understand what it relates to – and if you are giving up a shared interest with a friend, then this is the most likely explanation for this dream.
Falling to death – insecurity or a lack of control
Falling dreams are common, and if you dream of falling to your death, it may represent insecurity or a lack of control over your life.
Are there areas of your life that are making you feel insecure? Perhaps you are concerned about the future of your relationship or are worried that your partner might cheat on you.
Or are you worried that events are taking place that you are beyond your powers to affect? Perhaps a child is doing badly at school or is mixing with the wrong friends, or maybe things are going badly at work through no fault of your own.
If any of these scenarios are possible in your life, the dream could be helping you to face up to them – because when you can do that, you can begin to take back control and look for solutions.
Dreaming of a celebrity dying
If you dream of a celebrity dying, you should think about what that celebrity means to you. Is it somebody who represents your childhood? Your values? Your dreams and aspirations?
A celebrity dying in your dream can represent the end of whatever it is you associate with them.
A recurring death dream – stress or anxiety
A recurring dream about somebody dying can represent anxiety or stress, so if you experience such a dream over and over, you should spend time in introspection to try to discover what it is that is causing these feelings.
Many interpretations unrelated to death
As we have seen, many dreams about people dying are unrelated to death and can be interpreted in terms of change, transformation or endings, among other things.
To understand your dream, try to connect it to your current life situation and the troubles you might be facing, and then, through meditation and deep thought, your intuition will help you discover the correct meaning of the dream.