Death dream meanings


The end of a cycle; The end.


What is it that already over?

General Meanings:

The dream has a lot to do with the death ,when it wants to frighten the dreamer. The main thing is that people know about the death, that it exists, but does not realize it and when they dream of the death, it overwhelms them. They experience how short life actually is, and it can be over any time, any second. Usually the death in dreams symbolizes the big changes and/or the end of something in dreamer’s life. However, the changes and the end might be a good thing, where you can start everything from the beginning.

The death of someone
It depends on who died in a dream, as for example if someone that is closed to you died in the dream, then such dream shows the fear of losing of that particular person. It also could show that you feel guilty of not giving enough of attention to that person, therefore you dream of his death, where you lose any contact with him for good.

The death of your own
If the dreamer sees his own death, then the dream shows that maybe some part of you is dead and not alive anymore, which shows that you are changing as a person, as individual. The other meaning could show that the dreamer is not taking care of himself, which means that he needs to start looking more after himself instead of the others. The dream could also have a good meaning, where the end of something old that lies within you is no more the part of you, and you are becoming better person, having only positive features. This dream could be called as a process of rebirth and new beginning.

Psychological Meanings:

In reality the death has only negative impacts, however in dreams it is only a symbol transformation and not a signal of actual death. Consider, that what dies in a dream it is replaced with something new. Dreams of death very often shows the aspects of your personality which you do not like in yourself and maybe trying to get rid of them. The death of your own scares a lot, as the death is something unknown and not understandable, out of the mind. The fact that everything will be over when you die feels unacceptable. The end of your life gives some thoughts, which might change your view to the life. Therefore when dreaming about the death might want to tell you that you should make some cardinal changes and decisions in your life. There is a possibility that the dreamer is trying to take mind and body apart.

In the traditional interpretation of dreams the death is explained as a birth of new life or the conditions of life will be changed. Death was always associated with severe anxiety, therefore it symbolizes things which will never will be as it used to be. The ancient Indian dream theory foretells that the dreams about death denotes to vitality and health.

Spiritual Meanings:

On the spiritual level death in the dreams is part of human’s life, which is indicated as omniscience, rebirth, resurrection and reintegration.

Traditional Meanings:

European (Judeo-Christian)

  • News of someone’s birth if heard of someone’s death – to dream that somebody you know or not necessarily know has died, signifies that someone will give a birth;
  • Long life if see someone dying – to dream of someone’s death that you see happening, denotes to long life for you or the person that died;
  • Will overcome difficulties if see the unknown death – such a dream shows that you will be able to cope with harsh situations in your life;
  • Suffer and agony if buried alive – to dream of your own death, where you were buried alive signifies to misery you will suffer;
  • New message from relatives and friends if dream of those you knew that are already dead – to dream of your deceased relatives and friends, signifies something new you will find out;
  • Sad news if touched or kissed a dead person – to dream of kissing or touching the person that is already dead, promises gloomy and tearful news you will receive;
  • Will suffer the hard period in life, but will recover soon if see an open grave – to dream of the open grave, signifies that the dreamer will struggle while dealing with difficulties, however he will be able to get back to the state he was before;
  • Will leave the past behind if dream of dying – to dream of your own death, shows that the dreamer is ready for the changes in his life, where he will move forward instead of looking back. The mistakes that were done and the lifestyle that he lived before will be in no matter, as everything depends on the presents. It means that the dreamer is ready for better, brighter and happier future. The death is the beginning of new chapter in life.

Hindu (Hinduism)

In Hinduism culture the death means not only the loss of faith, but also the long life.

  • Bondage and tribulations if been buried alive – if the dreamer was buried, but still saw himself alive, then such a dream shows misery and troubles;
  • Will become more alive than ever if dreamed of being dead, but wanting to be alive – for a dreamer to say in a dream – ‘’i’m not dead, but alive’’ means that after such dream he will rethink his life and will make changes where they have to be done. However, if the dreamer liked being dead, then such a dream shows that things will get worse, because the dreamer does not want to change for the better and he might get depressed and fall into deeper negative state of the mind;
  • The others still have the respect for the dreamer when he is dead in a dream, but still thinks that is alive and lives among the others – such a dream shows that people around this person still care about him and nothing is lost yet. The dream shows that the dreamer should try harder while communicating with others, especially if he wants to be noticed for the good things he has done;
  • Repentance if shoveling your own grave -for a dreamer to see himself shoveling his own grave, denotes to repentance. The dream shows that the dreamer feels guilty and sorry for whatever he has done;
  • A serious lesson needs to be learned if the dreamer dreams of being imprisoned – to dream that you are imprisoned in some place, where nobody knows where is it and you know that you will die here at this imprisonment, signifies that there are things to which you should pay more attention and learn the things you should learn. Take the meaning of this dream as serious lesson of life what is right and what is not right;
  • Will increase in health if something going out of dead man – such a dream shows that the dreamer will obtain goods, especially in health;
  • Will get wiser if talking to dead man – to dream of seeing yourself speaking to the person who is dead, signifies wisdom and intelligence you will obtain;
  • Loss of money if dead person eats or drinks – to dream of the dead person, that is eating or drinking, symbolizes the losses especially the ones that are related to money;
  • Dishonest richness if carrying the dead man – to dream of seeing yourself carrying the man that is dead, signifies to money and other luxuries. However these things will be earned in dishonest and unfair way;
  • Long but unhealthy life if the dreamer was kissing or touching the dead man – such a dream promises long journey through life, but it will be the life leaded by sickness and diseases;
  • Danger in life if lying with the death person – to dream of seeing yourself lying next to the person that is dead, denotes to dangers that you are surrounded by. Consider to stay careful with these people;
  • The dreams will come true if the dead person woke up as never died before – to dream of yourself or somebody else that wakes up from the death and looks healthy and very alive, shows that the dreamer’s desires and wishes will come true;
  • Will get another chance if woke up from death more than once – for a dreamer to die and wake up more than once, shows that he will have more chances at things he is doing;
  • Illness if the death tries to talk you into dying – such a dream shows weak health of the dreamer;
  • The dreamer will die if death person asks to go along with him into his grave – such dream shows the upcoming death of the dreamer. However, this will not happen soon, only some day in the future;
  • Difficulties in the future if the dead person follows you – to dream that the dead person was following you, but then later left you by yourself, shows that you will face the barriers in the life. Do not worry as things will be sorted out by you or by itself;
  • Short life if was following steps of dead person – such dream shows that you will have a very meaningful, but short lifetime;
  • Will be rewarded if died, because protected someone – when the dreamer tries to save someone from the death, then such dream gives a signal of how great the dreamer is and for the good intentions he will be rewarded in his life;
  • Peace if death was smiling to you – if you dreamed that you were facing a death as a person and stayed calm and happy, then such dream shows how balanced and wise you are as a person. The death is just another chapter that is impossible to avoid, therefore you are absolutely calm and tranquil about that;

Arabian (Islamic)

In Islamic death has either good meanings, either bad omens in the dreams. It all depends on who was dreaming of the death – was it female or male. It also has a huge difference between your own death and other people. There are some main explanations of dreams, which are related to death:

  • Will be made rich by someone above him if dream of his own death – to dream of your own deaths, signifies to rich and wealthy life, however, the death represents the bad view towards you from the others;
  • Will receive the money if the dreamer was buried – to dream the death and being buried signifies the huge gain of money;
  • Wealth if became ill – to dream you will become ill and have been abandoned by everyone, promises wealth, but limited one;
  • Will make lots of money, but will lose the respect if been dead, but then became alive – such dream shows that when you get something, you also have to give something away. In this dream you will lose the power and respect from others, however will be granted with riches for that;
  • Long life but loss of the horses if the emperor died – the death of emperor will bring joy and long life, however you will lose all of your horses;
  • Worries and sorrow if mother dies – to dream of the death of the mother signifies the wishes that will not be fulfilled;
  • Will avoid the evil if the son dies – to dream of the death of the son, signifies the relief from bad things that is surrounded;
  • The joy if the daughter dies – to dream of the death of the daughter denotes the change from unhappiness to happiness;
  • The brother will die if he is already sick – such dream shows real possibility of death of your brother, if he is really sick in reality;
  • Richness if the wife dies – to dream of the death of your wife usually has a good meaning, which promises better and wealthier life;
  • Will have a healthy baby if pregnant women dies – to dream of the pregnant woman’s death, means that she will give a birth to healthy beautiful baby boy;
  • Marriage if bachelor dies – to dream of the death of the bachelor, shows that very soon he will marry the one he chose;
  • Unexpected worries and troubles if death came out of nowhere – to dream of the death that was very quick, unexpected shows that the dreamer will face barriers while dealing with obstacles;

Artemidorus Meanings:

The death in dreams for unmarried people announces the wedding. If the woman is unmarried, then such a dream could pronounce of engagement she will be offered to. For the man to dream of the death could symbolize the proposal he will make to someone, however, the dream might show the wedding he will attend to, but not necessarily will be a groom in it. According to Artemidorus, the slaves who dreamed about death, were set free, so according to this, the death in the dreams can have many meanings depending on what situation the dreamer actually is.

Medicine Wheel Meanings:


Change, transformation, rebirth.


Death is the end of one phase of life and new beginning of another.

General Meaning

Very rarely – the actual death of you or another person; Very often – notice of changes; The dream suggests to allow the new aspects in your life and leave the old ones behind. Basically, the dream asks to welcome the transformation in the future.


The end of all life.

Transcendent Meaning

The journey into new unknown places, without being afraid and letting the novelty into your life.

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  1. The dream happened around the time I was in grade 10 dating a native Canadian guy and I had a dream where I was lost in this beautiful Forrest and fog started coming in and out of the fog his great grandfather, great great grandfather and his brother appeared. They spoke to me but I couldn’t understand them and all of those men were dead, I believe both of the elders were once chiefs of the tribe (don’t know if that helps) and I am a Christian by baptism (again I don’t know if that helps) and I could describe them perfectly, they looked so alive and real I could hear their chants, I could hear their native songs and feel their power, spirits, strength. I don’t know thier names as they do not say the names of the dead after burial, can anyone tell me what this means?