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Death Dreams Interpretation-Death Dream Meanings-Dream Interpretation

Updated on May 21, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


When it comes to dreams, dreams about death are very common among men and women. Although you may believe that your dream about death is a warning, it probably isn't the case. Many of us try to use our dreams as a way to foretell the future and we often interpretate our dreams in the wrong way. Most commonly, death dreams usually mean that we are worried, scared, or anxious about certain situations in our current waking life. Most dreams about death do not mean that death is near, rather it represents the ending of one thing and the beginning of another.

When trying to interpretate what you dream meant, it is very important to try to remember every aspect of your dream. Once you remember, you can begin learning what your death dream is trying to say to you. It is also equally important to ask the correct questions in relation of your death dream. Below are questions that you would ask.

  • Who died in my dream?
  • How did I feel in my death dream?
  • Did you know the person who had died?
  • Were you able to see who had died?
  • Did you feel that someone was dead?


In most cases, when we dream about death, we usually dream about someone that we know. Remember, this doesn't mean that this person is damned to die. Dreaming about death can represent several different things in our life, especially when it is someone that we know. It is not uncommon to dream about someone dying that are part of our every day lives, such as a parent or a child. Some people may dream of a relative or sibling passing away. We can even have death dreams that contain someone that we don't even know. As you will see below, each person that we dream of can contain meaning to our waking life.

Dreams about the death of your child is common. If you have dreamed that your child has passed away, it can represent many different things. In such death dreams, this can suggest that your letting go of your child. For example, our children go through several different stages in life. They are constantly growing up and in retrospect, our children need us less and less. So many people believe that dreaming of their child's death is a warning. Actually, it can suggest one stage is ending in their life and another is beginning. Maybe your child is walking for the first time, starting school, or going to college. Dreaming of your child's death may actually represent your fear of them growing up, moving on. Dreams about the death of a child can also represent immaturity. This death dream can suggest that you need to grow up or move away from your immature ways. It may be time to grow up and let go of childish things.

Dreaming about the death of our parents is also a common death dream that men and women have. If you dream about your mother or father passing, this can suggest that you are scared of them dying or you have a fear of losing them in your life. Your parents may be old in age and perhaps they are sick. They may have been making plans for their funeral. Anyone of these could cause you to dream about the death of your parents. A parent and their child have a strong bond, love, and friendship. This unconditional love can be very difficult to lose. Most of us have parents or a parent that has been there for us since they one. Just the fear of losing that can cause us to dream that of our parent's death.

Dreaming about your parent's death after they have already passed away also holds meaning. This can represent that you are dreaming about a characteristic or quality that your mother or father represented. For example, if your mother was a caring person, this can suggest that you need to show more "care" in your waking life. If your father was a hard worker, your death dream can symbolize that you need to work harder in your life. Try to remember what qualities they showed best because it can mean that you need to bring them in your own life.


If you dream of a close friend, relative, or sibling that has already passed, this can suggest that you really miss them and that you may be having issues letting go. It can mean that you are having trouble getting over their death or it can suggest that you are wanting to live through old memories. In a sense, these dreams can be beneficial to you because you can heal yourself through such dreams.

When we dream of a loved one passing, it symbolizes that you are missing a quality of that person in your own life. It may be a quality that made that person the way they were, possibly something special. It can be a quality that defined them. You may need to try and use this quality in your own life as the dream suggest.

If you dream that a stranger has died, this suggest that you are feeling unattached to the changes occurring in your waking life. This dream can reach several different meanings. You know what changes have effected you recently. You feel disconnected for a reason and only you can solve the puzzle. Find out what has changed and how you can make it better.

If you dream about the smell of death, this represents a situation that is dead. In other words, this is a reflection on the past. This may suggest that you are spending way too much time dwelling on your past. This dream means that you need too quit living in the past and that you need to move on. Disconnect with your past so you are able to move ahead.

If you dream about seeing a living person die, this can symbolize your feelings toward the person that has died. This death dream can suggest that your feelings and emotions towards this person are dead. You may want to change your relations with this person. This dream can point to the dead's characteristics and traits, meaning that you need to change any similar characteristics that you share with this person.

If you dreamed that you died, this suggest that you need to make changes within yourself or inner-changes. It can also represent positive change that you are experiencing. When you dream about your own death, it symbolizes that big changes are in store for you. It suggest that you are leaving the past behind and moving to new beginnings. This dream also suggest to leave the past behind and move on to new things. Dreaming about your own death can also have negative indications. It could mean that you are in a bad relationship or can symbolize a destructive behavior. It could mean that you are trying to escape your waking life, may be too demanding or overwhelming. It can also mean that you are depressed or your feeling bad, even trying to escape responsibility.


In death dreams, the person that we dream about dying is usually a reflection on ourselves. Their characteristics and qualities are a reflection of our own. In order to best understand what our death dream means, we have to look for these traits in the person that we dream has died.

Dreams about death can simply be the own fears we have about dying.When we are young, we don't give death much attention. But as we get older and wiser, death is a common thought that we have. We may fear the death of others. This is why it is important to always get out what you need to say and live everyday like it is your last.

Although dreams about death suggest many things, we can't rule out that it is a warning that one will die. Some people have special gifts and are able to see visions. In this case, it can be a sign to be prepared or a gift to yourself to spend as much time with that person as you can.


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      David Schildt 

      22 months ago from Arizona

      Any thoughts about living in multiple dimensions simultaneously and the idea of walking in and out of those, also being thought of as dreams? I've been told that someone will hunt me down and kill me in the multi-verse, and I have experiences in a waking state and rest where there is attack and instant death only to be restored and regrounded to the existence I'm in now. I know I've walked through voids of complete darkness with no light and no ground, and when I found the light something had changed, and a sense of deja Vu. I can dream of playing a video game, is that enacted as real? Is the multi-verse a concoction of our understanding, and just how does on tap into another's dream?


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      4 years ago

      I had a dream and my dad was dead and friends were crying

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      4 years ago

      My sister dreamed last night that my father...who is deceased.... Is coming for me. She dreamed I died of a massive heart attack and she is scared this was a subliminal message. I had a stroke a few weeks ago at the age of 41...but this dream of hers has me a little rattled...

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      4 years ago

      death dream mean is so u r lose your life and do good work for people and good thing

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      5 years ago

      Interesting Hub. I dreamed about my parents dying, in two separate dreams, I am glad to know now what it means.

      Have a nice day.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      Jennifer, no reason to hit the panic button. While it could represent warning, it likely don't. Rather, this could be you wanting to hold onto your son longer as he journeys to new life stages. There's various emotions that could be at play here, but all belonging to you. Think about what was going on during this time and how life was treating you when you dreamed it.

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      5 years ago

      Omg I just woke up in a real panic that my oldest son died that him and his cousin got in the car with my mom's neighbor who I don't even know and they got in an accident and he died omg I'm freaking out what does this mean I can't go back to sleep it's like I need answer's why I dreamed this

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      Genie Hill 

      5 years ago from Corinth, Mississippi

      I dreamed of a man name Willie dying and the next day I was at my sisters with her husbands aunt and they came and told the aunt her dad died and his name was Willie Davis I didn't know the man

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      5 years ago

      I dreamt that I was having a normal conversation with about 15 people I didn't know at all when suddenly, either a flood or a tsunami came out of nowhere... whilst people were crying and screaming I had no expression as if all the death around me didn't bother me before I woke up everyone but me had died. I then woke up still with no expression... please help I've been having dreams with death like that for a month or two now I'm 12 years old

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      6 years ago

      Fascinating stuff. I've often wondered about several aspects you've mentioned here and it certainly makes sense. Great article!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      This is a tough one. I believe we have enough technology and accounts to know ghost are real. I believe ghost do have the ability to manipulate our dreams. Is this a warning? Perhaps. I hate to say it but I feel like it's possible. On the other hand, it can still be a reflection on your life. Your dream had a direct message. Could it be possible that this dream came out of nowhere without meaning? Sure, but I feel there's more meaning. Perhaps, you could tell me more. Are you spiritual? Do you have an ability? Do you have dark dreams normally? Does weird occurrences happen in your house? I will do my best to help you.

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      6 years ago

      I had a dream that an older man and woman who I did not know and appeared to be ghosts to me (because they entered the room from under the carpet) told me that my husband and I were going to die on the way home. It shook me up a bit and I'm looking for a meaning.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Natalie, thanks for the comment. That's a unlikely a dream for many, but the signs are there. Have you lost someone close over the past year or so? When you say that you got together with him, does this mean physically?

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      6 years ago

      Hub I didn't find what I dream about, specifically I was dreaming that I went to a strangers funeral and then I got close to him to see him. And he touched me and I started yelling, and he woke from his death. And we got together.... weird dream I had what can it mean

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      Michele Travis 

      7 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Interesting hub. I have been having lately, but I have so much going on. Thanks for such a good hub.

      Voted up!

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      7 years ago

      I always dream of dead people. Sometimes I know them other times I don't but it's what I dream about 90% of the time. It has been happening since I was a child. I also visit psychic regularly and I have been doing so since I was a teenager, this might be linked, but I am not sure :-(

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      8 years ago

      ....I dream all of the time and they call it REM sleep but this is such a fantastic hub presentation about the meaning and interpretation of dreams - love the images too - hopefully I will take it with me tonight when I go to sleep and dream about this hub and the awesome work and effort you put into it.

      sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 3:40pm

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia




      Lord De Cross









      Thank you all for taking the time to read this article. MbyL, thanks for reading all the way through. Glad you enjoyed the set up. Bill, I have issues remembering my dreams as well. Every now and then, I can remember them. Thanks again. Joyce, let's hope you do win the big one! The dream is worth it at the least:) Lord De Cross, thanks for the compliment and thanks again for your visit. LA, very interesting. It would fit the "new beginning" that these types of dreams represent. Very cool. Seeker, very easy to be disturbed by such dreams. They are very common and hopefully people can begin to understand them better from this article. Thanks Seeker. Tom, always great to hear from you. Glad you enjoyed it and learned a few things along the way. Frank, I thought you might like this one! Aylianink, you are certainly welcome and thank you for reading it. Tammy, wow! To have so many dreams in one niche, it would make me think that your dream is trying to say something to you. When we do dream of a certain person, it does we can be dreaming of their personality. They can also represent an uneasy bond that we have with those we dream of, just a thought. Great comment. Aviannovice, thanks for taking the time to drop in. It does make you think. Hope all of you enjoyed it. Take care.

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      Deb Hirt 

      8 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is great information, certainly food for thought.

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      This is one of my favorites by you so far. I hope you will cover other symbols. I have had three dreams in which I walked upon dead people with their faces lying in water. Each time I dreamed this, someone close to me has died, but not by drowning. I have had a few dreams in which I die, and most recently I died by vampire. It was strange because the person starring in the role of the vampire is actually "draining" me in real life. Very interesting hub!

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      8 years ago

      Quite comprehensive. Thank you for this.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 years ago from Shelton

      thelyricwriter this is utterly fascinating ..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Very interesting article. I have never had a death dream, but i suppose it is a common occurrence. Thank you for sharing..

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      Thomas Silvia 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend your hub was a very interesting read and i found some information that i did not know before. Great well written hub with useful information for those who have had death dreams.

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      8 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Another awesome and fascinating hub LW! Death dreams always tend to spook people out big time. I've had people in tears thinking that because they've had this kind of dream that something terrible is going to happen. It takes some convincing to persuade them otherwise. If I get anyone else so upset I'll just point them in the direction if this excellent hub.

      Fascinating and awesome! Voted up + shared!

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      8 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      What timing...I had a dream a friend died last night. I logically knew it wasn't indicative of her dying, but I was still unnerved most of the morning. I even called to make sure she was okay. She recently found out she was pregnant though, so I'm wondering if it's the changes in her life I was thinking about. Very interesting and appreciated - voted up!

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      Joseph De Cross 

      8 years ago from New York

      Been having dreams about death when young, but lately all has been peaceful. Great topic with wonderful explanations! You have delved into our own unconciousness with the perfect tact. Thanks for sharing this topic!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      8 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I usually look at your hubs because you occasionally write something other tattoo's like today and this hub is great. I don't usually dream but the other day I did, I was sitting at a slot machine and won a jackpot but did that actually happen, not yet.

      Voted up useful and interesting, Joyce.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sure I have had these but I just don't recall....for some reason I rarely wake up and remember specifics about my dreams....I know I have dreamed, but I can't remember much if anything about them.

      Very interesting information my friend!

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      Slaven Cvijetic 

      8 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      Very good hub! I read it from the top to the bottom. And it was a really good idea to insert some more positive dream hubs at the end, because it made me feel sad and I don't know.. down. Anyway, let's proceed reading your kissing dream hub! ;)


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