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The Meaning of Death and Dying in Dreams

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This article will explore the meaning of death and dying in our dreams.

This article will explore the meaning of death and dying in our dreams.

What Does It Mean If I Dream of Dying?

Before interpreting your own or another’s dreams, it is important to remember the following:

  • Although only the dreamer truly knows what his/her dream means, this article explores what death typically symbolizes to people. Each individual is greatly influenced by the world around them, but dreams are a reflection of the dreamer’s inner world. Dreams reflect the dreamer’s mental, emotional, and physical state. A dream's symbols and contexts reflect the dreamer’s beliefs and cultural influences. So although only dreamers know what their dreams mean, this article discusses shared perceptions of the symbolism of death and dying in dreams.
  • Dream interpretation is most effective when the dreamer is taking an active role in exploring and discovering the personal meaning of his/her dream. It works best when the symbol is analyzed within the context of the dream, and the dreamer examines the emotions evoked during the dream and how it all connects to their current day-to-day life. It is important for the dreamer not only to recognize what meanings resonate most but what meanings produce a strong response.
  • If a dreamer is deeply offended or annoyed by an interpretation, this may hint at a possible issue the dreamer is attempting to deny or repress. Incorrect interpretations help the dreamer eliminate the possibilities of what his/her dream means and are still useful.

Common Meanings of Death and Dying in Dreams

Most dreams of death and dying symbolize the end of something old and the start of something new. This dream could be positive or negative depending upon the thoughts and feelings the dreamer has about the dream and the context of the dream. Dreaming of death is most common in people experiencing a major life change or a rite of passage (entering adulthood, graduating, marriage, changing a career, retiring, etc.).

If the dream feels negative and the ending of something old is emphasized, this may indicate the dreamer is either too fixated on the past and needs to move forward, the dreamer is prematurely ending something that still needs his/her attention, or, in the case of dreaming of a death of someone still alive, may reflect feelings of jealousy, hatred, and resentment towards that person.

Many dreams are simply fulfilling a wish the dreamer has. The wishes we dream of are often the socially unacceptable ones, the things we don't allow ourselves to think about during the day. Wanting someone else in our lives to die or wanting to die ourselves is socially unacceptable, and the desire may come through in a dream. Dreams revealing these dark desires may help the dreamer seek help from a professional or face the feelings of anger and rage they have towards others in their life. More likely than not, dreaming of your own death may indicate your desire and need to escape the current stressors of your life. Only confronting these stressors in your waking life will resolve the dream and the negative feelings associated with it.

Dreaming of the death of a former lover may symbolize the end of the relationship and the dreamer’s ability to begin to move on.

Death dreams may simply reflect the dreamer’s preoccupation with a loved one’s illness or recent death or a struggle with the acceptance that death is a reality to us all.

Analyzing this dream requires the dreamer to consider what is dying.

Analyzing this dream requires the dreamer to consider what is dying.

Psychodynamic Perspective on Dreaming of Death

Dreams can assist the dreamer to explore and understand the state of his/her unconscious and see what is needed for greater personal development.

Dreams may not mean what they appear to mean at first glance. Characters and objects within a dream, although separate from the dreamer, may actually illustrate aspects of self to the dreamer. The qualities assigned to each object and their relationship to each other may reflect aspects the reader is unaware of, is beginning to develop, has repressed, or has only recently accepted.

In dreams, death tends to be a powerful symbol of self-transformation, inner growth, and change. It may indicate that the dreamer is discarding what is no longer needed and making room for something new.

Analyzing this dream requires the dreamer to consider what is dying. The death of a child may symbolize the ending of childhood and the beginning of adulthood. The death of a person in one’s life may symbolize an aspect of self symbolized by that person for the dreamer. The dreamer may either lack this aspect or may have decided the aspect is not useful and is improving it or moving on from it. For example, if a dreamer dreams a superficial person is dying, perhaps the dreamer has recently identified how they have been superficial and are attempting to improve themselves and reprioritize their life.

Since the death may symbolize the ending of old beliefs, habits, thoughts, or inner qualities, the dying person or animal may offer further insight into what is coming to an end. Animals such as rats, mice, and other typically unpleasant creatures may symbolize negative thinking or negative approaches the dreamer is discarding. Animals also tend to symbolize an individual’s more primal, instinctual nature.

If the dream feels negative, it is possible the dreamer is attempting to repress what the dying object is experiencing. It is important to note that the nature of relationships one experiences with others in dreams reflects the relationships one has with oneself. In dreams, how we allow others to treat us is how we treat ourselves.

If the dream involves an individual who has already passed away, the dream may be a message from a wiser part of the dreamer’s psyche to his/her waking ego.

Carl Jung’s theory: If the dreamer is dreaming of the death of the opposite sex, especially if this person is unknown to them, this may represent a repressed anima (for men) or animus (for women). This theory states that all individuals possess both masculine and feminine aspects of self. In dreams, individuals may find they struggle to acknowledge and express all parts of self in balance and harmony.

If dreaming of a person who has already passed away, it is believed that this may be a message from the dreamer’s unconscious to the dreamer’s superego. This dream may also be part of the mourning process, allowing the dreamer to make peace with the loss.

The Christian Perspective on Death Dreams

Dreams of death, especially the death of Jesus, may symbolize martyrdom, sacrifice, and religious devotion. The dreamer may feel persecuted by others and has experienced the need to turn the other cheek. Death dreams may be a dream of self-sacrifice for Christians where they are choosing to put the needs of others ahead of their own.

A dead dove may symbolize loss of innocence, the painful ending of peace and harmony, and the tragic end to love and beauty.

A dead dove may symbolize loss of innocence, the painful ending of peace and harmony, and the tragic end to love and beauty.

Alternative Perspectives of Dreaming of Death

Some believe that death is a positive sign that the dreamer will have prosperity and longevity.

Many believe dreaming of their own death or the death of someone they know is a predictive dream showing what is to come. This belief is typically anxiety-provoking which makes it even more likely this dream is a reflection of the dreamer’s fears, anxieties, and stress.

If the dream involves someone who has already passed, many may interpret the dream as a direct message from that individual.

Dream Interpretation

It is important to note that dreams can mean so many things to each individual at any given time and could mean more than one thing within the same dream. It is common for dreams to be layered in nature where a symbol may relate to something that occurred during the day, to our subconscious, to our spiritual growth, and events in our childhood influencing our beliefs, thoughts, and behavior now.

Interpreting one's dreams can be a powerful way to gain insight into a world the individual is too busy to explore during waking hours.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Sue B.


Sue B. (author) on September 23, 2013:


This dream would disturb me as well. Although the emotions and fears in the dream would be very strong for me and I would intensely worry the dream would, in some way, be predictive, I would want to see how the dream could symbolize something for me. The little boy may represent some aspect of self or something precious to me. The head itself would relate to thoughts and beliefs. If I step away from my fears and worries, I may perceive the dream as showing me that something has blown my mind and I worry this new information could threaten something innocent or important to me.

hpjtuckey on September 22, 2013:

I've got quite upset and anxious over my dream last night, I personally don't believe that dreams predict the future but it scared me so much it woke me. in the dream, A child I know very well was walking along the edge of a roof top, I noticed him just as he stepped off the edge, I ran toward him but I couldn't get there in time. when i got to him the back of his head was burst and bleeding, i asked someone to get a compress for his head but they couldn't find one. I woke up and now i keep seeing his tiny body in my arms, he's two. just need some help on how to deal with this, thankyou

Sue B. (author) on August 05, 2013:

Hi moiponestsoka-

Thank you for commenting and sharing your dream. When people normally tell me about dreaming of a loved one dying they are very worried and anxious. Your cultural belief that death means longevity for the person you are dreaming about certainly eases fears. The dream could still reflect someone's fears of losing someone or having something come to an end but a belief that it is a positive dream can be a great comfort. Thank you again for sharing!

Moipone from South Africa on July 31, 2013:

interesting, once dreamed that my father had died and we were going to bury him. in my culture Death means Long Life for the person you dreamed about,

Sue B. (author) on April 14, 2013:


Thank you for sharing your dream. I apologize for responding so late to you.

This dream about your own death is an interesting one. The dream could show your thoughts of death as well as current feelings and beliefs about death. The failure of organs in general in this dream could show you a fear of your body failing and not working. Do you not want to die in a hospital? That is a common wish and may be reflected in your dream.

Sue B. (author) on March 09, 2013:


Thank you for sharing your dream. It is an interesting one and I think it relates to both your emotional and spiritual parts of self.

The skyscrapers sound like they represent high expectations and personal goals. Being able to travel in the air would show how much control you have over your life as well as your ability to accomplish these goals. Falling then would relate to failure. In some ways, does failure feel like it is killing you?

The keys are interesting. I would associate the ctrl key with "control" and how overcontrolling your life or losing control may have played a part in this issue. Using the "shift" key is also interesting. I would associate this with maybe a change and having a fear of change.

The suicide would relate to destroying something precious. It would also to intense self-blame and internalizing failures.

Wanting to write a message would relate to having trouble expressing all of these emotions. The purple blood to me would not only relate to feeling depleted and drained, but would possibly relate to how this dream could be symbolic of something spiritual for you.

The old apartment may relate to something from your past you need to resolve. All of the water would relate to emotions. The bathroom would relate to where you manage emotions. The laundry would relate to unresolved issues. Everything is filled to the brim- do you feel you are, too?

MID-2013 from Kansas City, MO on March 07, 2013:

I am still thinking about my dream from last night. It was very vivid but I don't remember much of it except for one main part - I dreamed that I was dying of multiple organ failure. But for some reason I refused to die in a hospital bed. So I got up, moved to the couch, and then died there. When I was actually gone gone, that is when I woke up. I woke up feeling like the dream had litterally popped like a bubble above my head. There was no feelings of either way (being happy or sad) when I first woke up. Now I am just simply weirded out by it.

Sue B. (author) on February 23, 2013:

Savannah Judd-

Thank your for sharing your experiences.

There do not seem to be any interpretations needed for these dreams. It sounds like you may be experiencing PSI dreams are dreams that provide information you are not readily observing in your waking life. These dreams may also reflect an intuition about what is going on for others. It is possible you may have picked up consciously or unconsciously that both individuals were struggling medically.

jaynellew on February 21, 2013:

Hi Sue, I just woke up from a terribly disturbing dream, and I was hoping you could help me interpret it.

For a while now, I've been dreaming about walking between two balconies of a skyscraper in mid-air. I can't quite remember why I would want to do that though. (I'm not sure how these keyboard controls work but...) Apparently, if I pressed the 'Ctrl' button, I would be able to walk on air, but only the 'Ctrl' button. But, in my dream last night, I dreamed that as I jumped off the balcony, I just could not remember which button to press. I kept pressing 'Shift' as I fell through the air, and then, frantically, when I finally tried 'Ctrl', nothing happened. I was already on the ground. Just then, a groundskeeper walked by and said, "Oh, another suicide." I remember feeling so desperate. I wanted to let my family know that it was all an accident. So, I scooped blood from what was pooling beneath me and tried to throw it onto the ground to spell out, "Not a Suicide". When the blood hit the floor, it was clear purple in colour. I couldn't finish the message.

I was transported to an old apartment of mine. I ran into my parents' room but there was no one there. There were clothes hanging to dry in the bathroom. The sinks and buckets were full to the brim and there was this constant dripping from the taps.

Thankfully, I woke up then. I was so relieved.

If you have any insight as to what it could all mean, I would be so grateful. Thank you.

Savannah Judd from Wichita, Kansas on February 17, 2013:

Hey my name is savannah I need help understanding what's going on in my dreams any why are they really coming okay ill start of by telling you what's going on in them. Yesterday I was taken a nap with my 2year old and my month old and in my dream I was holding my sisters newborn and I was crying and saying I never had the chance and she died in my arms (i know my sister was pregnant but never know she had the baby tell to day Wen I called to ask how she was and how the pregnancy was going she was only 5 months pregnant the baby was born 2weeks and 2 days ago she died at the same time I was taken a nap.)

Then another one I had about 5years ago that ill never forget

I was running in my hometown down a street that I remember as a kid I walked down every day to get to school I heard my great grandma talking her voice was fading away I ran as fast as I could to find her and be hind me was getting dark like I was running in to the light I got to the end of the block and I almost fall in to an endless dark pit but a hand grabs my ARM and pulls me back i scream not knowing who it is I hear a voice one I will never forget my great grand ma was floughing above me she said to me baby girl don't be afraid I start crying and say gg what's wrong she says savannah its my time to go I'm ready to go its my time don't be afraid ill always be with you

The next morning my grandma my great grandmother daughter calls me and says there's something I need to tell yu my heart drops she says your great grandma past away in her sleep

I told my mother about my dream right be for my grandma called

Can you help me understand what's going on

Sue B. (author) on February 11, 2013:


If this were my dream (from the perspective of your sister's friend- not you), it would relate to either an aspect of self where you represent a part of self for this friend or it would symbolize something occurring within the relationship. Since you are dying in this dream, it could be a potential lost opportunity for a relationship, a neglected part of self that needs attention, or thoughts and feelings associated with you in some way that have been repressed or denied for too long that they are somehow harmful causing an imbalance.

Sue B. (author) on February 10, 2013:


This dream sounds like it could be reflecting a fear you have that you will lose your dad and Aunt Emi. Since death is a part of life, you may be grappling with the knowledge that you will eventually lose them and do not know when this will occur. Since you are at a boxing fight, it may relate to your internal struggles with the idea of death and my desire to somehow fight death. The dream leaves you with a feeling of powerlessness over death. It is not something in your control and this dream may be reflecting how you are struggling with this concept.

Sue B. (author) on February 10, 2013:

Robby M,

your dream of dying and being with a woman you deeply love leaves me with the impression that you are having an Anima dream, the unconscious feminine aspect of self. My first impression was that you are not sure how to express this other part of self and you believe that expressing this part of self is someone ending or killing off your current identity. I'm wondering if you have the false believe that you somehow need to choose which aspects of self to express and are not seeing that you can coexist and find a way to express all.

Dying in many dreams can reflect the end of something old and the beginning of something new. This dream seems to focus on the ending and is not yet focused on what new things will come.

Dreaming in this manner- double dreams from two perspectives seems like it has been a powerful problem-solving tool for you allowing you to see your issues and situations from different perspective and truly examine what is going on in your life.

Muu on February 09, 2013:

Sue one of my sisters friends told me she had a dream about me dying. She told me she woke up crying and it felt so real. We have always had a thing for each other but have never acted on it. What is that meaning of that dream?

alex2304 on February 05, 2013:

Please help me interpret my dream. I had dream last night that I was waiting for a boxing fight to start then my grandfather (my mom's dad who passed away 1981) came in and sat right in front of me. In my dreams i was fully aware that he was already dead. So I asked "what are you doing here?" and he said "I am here to pick up your dad and your Aunt Emi (my dad's sister). Then I told him "pls not yet" and I started running away from him and to warn my dad..In my dream i didn't get to warn my dad because while i was running there were bunch of people trying to stop me..

I hope you can help me interpret this dream. Thank you

Robby M on January 30, 2013:

Hi, I came across something I wrote a few years ago about this reoccurring dream I had for a while:

guess I'll start with the background. I have these dreams. It's actually pretty interesting how I dream. It's been like this since I can remember. One night I'll dream about something from one visual point. I'm an invisible outsider, a watcher if you will. I see and observe an event or a string off events, unattached and unemotional. The next night, the same event (or series) occurs, but through my own eyes. This time I'm in the incident(s) and feel all that is happening. I am the by-product of the cause and effect. If the night before, I had observed someone putting something on a table and I followed their actions, then they go back to the table and find the item is missing. That second night, through my eyes, I was the one that took it and carry out some purpose. Cause and Effect is the bottom line, and understanding of life events being intertwined.

So here is one that has been haunting me over the last 2-3 months. It's the same 2 dreams with some details different, one after the other.

The first starts as me being the observer looking over a woman's shoulder. She's on her knees looking down on me. She's holding me and crying. I don't know this woman (as the observer), but I watch as she cries. Then I see me crying. She says she doesn't want me to give up and that help is on the way. Then I hear me saying that I'm sorry and I don't want her to cry. I watch my slowing breathe as I thank her for completing everything I wanted in life. Then I see me start to cry as I say that my only regret is that I was so sad that I just met her and now this is the end.

As the observer, I just watch. I move around the two bodies. Then I wake up to my alarm ringing. For the next ten minutes, I do what I have to do, with this incredible calmness like I'm still in the dream as the observer. That ends as I'm actually waking up....and then I feel fine, I go about my day without a second thought.

Cut to the second night. Now I'm me. I'm the one dieing looking up at what I can only describe as the only woman I could ever truly love on every level possible. She has black hair and black eyes. The hair goes down past her shoulder. Even in my predicament, all I do is think how beautiful she is. I start to cry because I'm thinking that when I die, I'll never see her again. I'm not scared to die, in fact, normally I'm comfortable with the notion. But I start thinking about how I'm just finally getting my life where I want it to be. A successful career and a woman that I was going to marry. I can feel the blood that's coming out of my body. I can feel the slow onset of death, but all I care about is looking at her for as long as I can hold on. Everything gets said like the first dream, and I do everything I saw myself do the night before. I wake up crying, and so sad. This time though, I quickly gain my composure and I get ready for my day without a second thought

Sue B. (author) on January 13, 2013:


Thank you for sharing your dream. I am sure this dream continues to bother you as it sounds very traumatic for you.

Since you read about what death means in a dream, I would really reflect on the meaning you recently learned since it is likely you internalized it. Do you feel you need to move forward or need to remove yourself from the situation?

My first impression from reading your dream is that you are not in touch with all parts of self. The idea that your skin is falling off gave me the impression that you are vulnerable, sensitive, and do not feel protected. The image of bleeding to death as well gives me the sense that you are losing energy and are in crisis. It doesn't sound like you are in a state that you can sustain and just carry on. The dream does prompt change- whether or not it relates to your boyfriend is for you to decide. If the dream does relate to your boyfriend, I would suggest you not only review your thoughts on if he is the right person for you but if you have been approaching the relationship in a way that is best for you as well. Has too much of your attention and energy gone to him? If he is demanding this then that is one thing but it is very possible that this has to do with your reactions to others and the way you treat yourself.

Since your left arm was numb, it gives me the impression you have lost touch with your feelings and maybe what you've been doing in life or your ability to connect with others. Since you are playing with a cat that you are allergic to in real life just prior to this episode, it made me wonder if this dream is about feeling as if you are poisoned in some way by connecting to what this cat is symbolizing for you. Cats can often relate to our more emotional or feminine side as well as our sexuality.

If this was my nightmare, I would review how I am grounding myself and nurturing myself and explore how this imbalance within me could be translating to my relationships.

Sue B. (author) on January 13, 2013:


Recurring dreams can be very meaningful. There is also a related hub about this if you click on my profile. If this were my dream, I would also wonder if this is an actual message from my grandmother and I would be curious about the physical house.

I would also explore the symbolism within the dream. This could relate to your processing of the loss of your grandmother and could also relate to an aspect of self that is your grandmother internalized or a very spiritual part of self that has been neglected and needs your attention. The house could be a place within that you explore and retreat to at times. You are making new discoveries that could relate to different aspects of self or spiritual gifts.

Naomiinnyc on January 09, 2013:

Hello- I came across your post and am wondering if you could Shed some light on a recent nightmare in which I die a bloody, painful and traumatic death.

In the dream I am with my brother and mother. It is nighttime and we are sleeping in one big room, where my brother is somewhat separated. Within the dream, all of a sudden I begin to have nightmares of supernatural nature and feelings of burning. At this point I wake up screaming, but then go off to play with my cat (who I am allergic to in real life).

We play for a short while and my boyfriend shows up and runs off to get the camera to take a cte picture of her. All of a sudden there a moths everywhere and I kill them with a notebook. When I am done my skin becomes itchy and a large chunk of skin on my left arm moves and falls off. My mother who is with me again, insists we head off to the emergency room.

On our way out, I yell at my brother for hanging wet towels on the curtain rod for fear the curtains will fall and become ruined. As we arrive in the emergency room skin begins to fall off my whole body, and my left arm begins to turn blue and swell. At this time they bring me in, it's become urgent and a surgeon tkes a scalpel to the left arm to relieve pressure. I have lost feeling in my left arm and when they cut it to do so, hit an artery and I start to bleed out rapidly. At this point I am filled with fear but say to my mother to tell my boyfriend I love him and die.

That is the end and am quite traumatized by the whole ordeal. I have been with my boyfriend for 5 years and recently we have made an amazing turn towards the positive, but I've had issues deciding if he is the one. I've read death can mean moving forward or the need to remove, so maybe your expertise can help analyze.



Vicki-rae on January 07, 2013:

Hi there, I was hoping you could give me some insight into my dreams that I have had over the past 11 years since my grandmother past. I dream I go to her old house (that was sold before she died) and all her belongings are still there and food still in the cupboards, I always seem to move in for the weekend and every different dream find something for me or my family that we didn't know was there, everything is just like it was when she lived there but it's dusty and the food has expired. Over the years I have many dreams where I take my sons there and explore or I go by myself and escape from life, we always try to live in the house but before the decision is made in every dream I wake up.

I have stopped outside the house many times trying to have the gutts to ask the new owners if I could walk around it one more time, but never have.

I always remember these dreams perfectly and offen feel as I am dreaming that I pick up from where i was in my last dream and that I know I'm not really there but don't want to wake up and enjoy it.

Thank you for your time.


Sue B. (author) on December 30, 2012:


Thank you for sharing your dream.

I am sure this was disturbing for you! Dreaming that you die in an accident may relate to feeling like you are neglecting yourself and dying inside emotionally or spiritually. I would also look at the path your current life is taking since it was an accident. Perhaps responsibilities, priorities, your focus, demands, etc. are in conflict and crashing.

Seeing your family would relate to the relationships you have with these individuals as well as the aspects of self they could correspond to and show you your attitude towards yourself. I would see this dream as demonstrating a need for healing and showing you what areas to concentrate on.

Sue B. (author) on December 30, 2012:


Certainly your dream sounds like it was greatly influenced by the horrible events a the Sandy Hook Elementary school recently and the ongoing media coverage.

This dream sounds like it is reflective of your feelings. The baby is your vulnerability and your protection of what you value. The situation at the school is your fear and your realization that this horrible event could possibly happen to you. This dream sounds like it is allowing you to process this event and find ways to respond if this ever occurred to you.

Your care of the injured and helping out may reflect your helpless feelings related to Sandy Hook and your desire to somehow help the situation.

Finding out the shooter is your father would relate to many things especially since this is far from how your father acts. It is possible you feel betrayed by this horrible event and feel the entire nation was betrayed. It also gives me a sense that you could be unnerved to realize we simply do not know who could harm us or act in such an unthinkable way. Your anxieties could relate to the possibilities that a killer could be lurking right under your nose similar to how this killer seemed to be living undetected.

Since you are tortured in the dream, it is possible you are being tortured by your thoughts and feelings about this event.

I would recommend you talk to someone about your feelings and seek some support. This event has certainly traumatized people on a national level and has certainly awakened many fears and anxieties in a lot of people. As the nation heals, it is important not only to make sense of these events and the feelings it produced but also to put it back into perspective-- it was horrible and tragic and also highly unlikely to happen to the majority of schools and individuals. Many horrible things are possible. Not many of these horrible things, thankfully, are not likely to occur for us. The culture that you live in takes terrible events and learns from them in order to make these terrible events even more unlikely to occur again so that we can enjoy healthy and safe lives without fear.

joyce3182000 on December 28, 2012:

Hi.. i had a dream last week seeing myself died in an accident (not clear what kind of accident) my soul floating. Next i saw myself seating elevated inside our house viewing my family (my husband & 3 children- aged 22,20 &10) in their usual/normal chores. Seating next on my left is my dad (who passed away 3 years ago) and other 2 person on my right side (cannot recognized them - color gray). Feeling acknowledge that i was dead, happy that i'm seating next to dad and not remorse of being dead. Please interpret my dream. Thanks Joyce

kchan123 on December 26, 2012:

Hello, I would like to know what my dream exactly means.. sorry if it's a little lengthy.. Im still quite in shock.

I'm still in high school btw.. It was turning out to be a normal day at school, but I arrive during lunch when everyone was out and about. the skies were cloudy and dark yet I was obliviously happy. I head to a section of the school that in reality isn't there, and as Im heading there I hear more and more students talk about someone out on the streets who was on a shooting rampage. Many began to wonder if we were heading into lockdown (its when the whole school shuts down and everyone hides until the threat is gone) Now, my school is both open with many sections connected by pathways as well as closed with some blocking entrances. Naturally everyone begins panicking and I start to nervously head to the classroom. The room turns out to be no bigger than a large closet. By the time im there I already hear people screaming.I felt the man's presence near. I imagined him with a large gun. Frightened, I hid in the closet that had no doors/blinds whatever to shut with. The room was dark enough for no one to see me. For some reason I knew he was going to check inside the room so I stayed put. At the corner of my eye, I see a medium sized red box. I quietly open it and find a white baby sleeping, I feel terribly sorry for the baby being abandoned at this time of crisis. When I hesitantly pick the child up, he looks like a rag doll with beady eyes until i set him on my chest where he returns into a live baby. He begins to whimper and I hid his face when I heard the man walk in the dark room. I held my breath in as he walked back and forth.I barely escaped when he disappeared away from the school.

many people headed to a large dome where the gym was, yet I chose to linger with the few people who were choosing elsewhere to hide. I still couldn't find it in me to cry or mourn those who were killed. Some were just laying on the ground losing their blood. I noticed one boy barely holding on to life and I grabbed him and carefully scooted his body towards the entrance of the dome, his friend who was in tears thanked me in a different language and I replied with a thank you as well.. I could tell there was room for me yet I declined and chose to check if anything else needed to be done, by then I handed my baby to someone else and hoped he would be alright.

I saw one of my acquaintances near me and others go in a crouching position. Instead of going in the dome we crouched in front of it. My heart was beating fast but i could barely feel it. Everything felt surreal. I heard loud screaming when I saw from the corner of my eye the man (in all black) threw green smoking bombs at the dome. All of a sudden the ground beneath me broke and separated from the school grounds. This is where it gets a little confusing.. A few others and I were holding on to what we could when were suddenly in the sky being lifted by a helicopter. Some fall to the city below but I grabbed a lingering rope and pulled myself to the inside of the helicopter. The pilot somehow fell out along with the others and I felt the same rope being tugged so hard it flipped the heli upside down and I began a steady fall down towards the ground. I felt panicked at first and as I descended I said, "lord please let me die quickly. just get it over with" By then I knew death was approaching me and I just wanted it to be done with. A quick death sounded much better than a painful healing process,in my mind. I landed almost cushioned and gently placed on the center of my living room.. I was in awe and curios as to how I survived when I noticed the man who killed my friends,students etc was right near me in my kitchen..

I pretend I was dead and I tried so hard to not move an inch .I looked to the side in my peripheral vision and saw a few dead bodies down the hallway and 3 or 4 guns laying around. I finally couldn't contain my stillness, and pretend to wake up. The man noticed and reached for a gun. I stared straight at him in shock and realized it was my dad who was the killer. He evilly grinned and pointed the gun right at me. never in my life had I ever felt so betrayed by the sight of my own father about to kill me. I hoarsely asked why, and he explained it was my best friends fault, the fact that he's gay. and the gay pride parade going on downtown made him want to kill everyone, and so he did. This sounded like the exact opposite of my father and I felt so numb. But I felt the tears as I scooted as far as I could from him, I couldn't believe the situation I was in. I begged him to kill me fast, to quickly end it but he decided to try and torture me by shooting my thigh & then my ear. funny thing was I could not feel anything unless I focused on the pain. I stared straight at him wondering how this could have happened, He smirked as he shot a few more bullets, but I somehow repelled them with my hands. Sounds weird, but I was able to save myself from 5 bullets with this. My dad got irritated and was about to shoot me straight on.The one spot I knew I would instantly die from was the heart yet before the gun reached me, someone from the other room shot him at the same time he shot me. I black out and then I wake up... I feel like that couldn't have been my actual dad, perhaps it was something else.. Please help me find out what it all means.. Again sorry for the length of it all. I've been in tears all morning.. Thank you!!

Sue B. (author) on December 23, 2012:

Stella Ferrraris,

Thank you for commenting.

Your dream about you ex sounds like it could relate to how you are processing this relationship and the part of self that still is associated with the time period in which you were married. His death could relate to ending the relationship and cutting something off -- either a part of yourself and/or your ex. Being chased by him sounds like you could have been running away from feelings and were not facing the issue. It seems that by not processing this, it continued to haunt you and is not left yet in the past. If you felt responsible, it could be you have not dealt with guilt associated with this divorce.

Acknowledging that he is alive again and talking to him on the phone would be a positive symbol. Perhaps you need to acknowledge the feelings, the pain, and the changes within you that occurred from this divorce. You could be communicating with the issue and the part of self that you have cut off in the past. I would find this to be a healing dream.

Stella Ferraris on December 23, 2012:

hello, perhaps you can shed more light on my dream.

i am happilymarried and i dreamt about ex being my husband, in my dream, i was with my friends when he called me to bring some documents to him, and the he died. after his death, he was chasing me around saying i was responsible for his death. then Woman told me what i must do, i dont know what i actually did but i just saw that he was alive again and we were talking on the phone. please help me with the translation. Gracias

Sue B. (author) on December 16, 2012:


Thanks for sharing your earthquake dream. This sounds like it relates to significant changes within your inner world. The buildings would be psychological structures and beliefs you have built overtime. To have an earthquake would relate to how these beliefs are being destroyed and you have room to develop something new and to grow. Since it was so pleasant, this could mean this change does not threaten you and you are embracing it, ready to grow and expand your mind.

chipmunk90 on November 29, 2012:

hi, a few days ago, at around 5a.m, i had dream in which i am standing in the balcony of my grandmother's house & suddenly i see the distant buildings in view started falling down & then one by one the earthquake destroyed all the buildings in sight n i realized it was finally reaching the building that i was in. There was great sound & enormous roar from Earth n then i noticed there were huge waves n tides too, behind the debris of fallen buildings that was reaching. the disaster finally reached where i stood & i woke up seconds before it was about to hit me. It was a near-death experience but the feeling of dying was not very threatening. Can you please interpret the dream for me? thanks

Sue B. (author) on November 23, 2012:


Thanks for sharing your dream. I hope you found this hub insightful. I would think the unknown woman who has died is an unconscious aspect of self. Since this dream was disturbing, I would think this is reflective of suppressing an important part of self that may need expression. What are you burying deep inside yourself? The basement tends to be another symbol of the unconscious. I find it interesting a body was going to be buried really far- this sounds like a way to escape from facing this part of self.

I would think burying is not working for you and burying further away still will not work. this dream would tell me it is time to face something important within myself.

Sue B. (author) on November 17, 2012:


I am sorry to hear about your mother. Since it has been almost 2 weeks since you shared this dream, it is possible your dreams have continued to change and progress since your mother's death is so fresh for you.

The dream sounds like it is reflecting your relationships with each person. Dreaming your mother is alive then dying in the dream would show you are still processing her actual death and are only beginning to understand what this loss means to you. Since your family wants to leave and you will not leave your mother since she is alive in the dream, I wonder if you believe your family is not speaking to you due to your mother in some way. Now that she has passed, where does this leave you with connections to family?

I would find it helpful to follow my dreams at a time like this and acknowledge my mourning, progress towards acceptance and healing, and understanding what needs my energy in my waking life.

SHIMMAR on November 06, 2012:

Hi ,i am wondering if someone can tell me some thing abt this dream i had this morning around 4 :00 am and i am very distrubed .

I saw that i am standing outside of some graveyard and watching someone is getting buried and that is unknown to me ,then i saw some unknown women died and her body for some reason is in the basement where we have stayed for few days but its not our house and that body is kept in the basement cuz its supposed to be buried in some other graveyard which is far .:(

I am really distrued i am it dosent mean something bad can some plz tell me something abt this.


fiftysomething on November 05, 2012:

My Mom passed 2 weeks ago and this morning I had a dream she was alive. We were in a house I lived in when I was a child. My sister, brother and nephew were in the living room and told me they wanted to leave. (Right now they are not speaking to me.) I took care of my Mother for over last 7 years while she had a brain injury and in the last 3 years my sister saw our Mother approximately 4-5 times, my brother only once and my nephew never. In my dream, I told them no I didn't want to leave while Mother was alive. The next thing I remember was my Mother lying on a gurney dead. I was crying over her body. I woke up crying. It was very hard on me and just thinking about it makes me want to cry. Please help. Thanks.

Sue B. (author) on November 02, 2012:


The bus would relate to fate (a predetermined route) and the fire would relate to cleansing - the end of something old and the beginning of something new.

I would think the dog and your uncle may relate to aspects of self besides the relationships you have with them. This may be a rather spiritual or psychological dream for you allowing you to understand your inner dynamic, process issues, and gain further self-knowledge and insights. Your uncle's feelings expressed in the dream could be your feelings or your assumptions about your father's feelings.

i would begin to write these dreams down ongoing to see if there is a pattern. I would think they would demonstrate for you how you are healing and moving on slowly.

shassar on October 28, 2012:

Hi, I have lost a beloved pet 6 weeks ago. He was 8.5 years old, my first dog and my best friend. I had to put him down after he was attacked by a coyote. I did have recurrent thoughts of him dying (not dreams) the day before and I did not take precautions to protect him more.

Since then I have had dreams about my dog and my uncle twice. Last night I dreamed my uncle was on a bus on fire, he was holding my dog (Truffles) close to his chest. I banged on the bus door telling him to give Truffles to me to save him. He gave me the dog, but he stayed on the bus. I remember in the dream I was saying goodbye to him, how much of a great person he is and what he has done for me. I ran away from the bus with Truffles in my hands. I don't know if my uncle died because I woke up.

3 weeks I dreamed I walked into a familiar bedroom. My uncle had plates of fruits and pastries by a window and was crying. I asked, "Uncle, why are you crying?" He said. "I want everyone to remember my boy (Truffles)".

Why do I keep dreaming about my dog and my uncle? I don't know what these all mean. My uncle was very close to the dog too and he is at the point of being ignorant about Truffles' death. He doesn't want to talk about it because it saddens him.

Sue B. (author) on October 20, 2012:


Your ex sounds significant for you. Although you say what you had is forgotten now, your dream sounds like it may be telling another story. Your ex could be representing an aspect of self that you have ignored and then lost that needs reclaiming although I have a feeling this dream could relate to a lack of closure with your ex. You are saying you always loved him yet you are married with a baby. was there something you always needed to say or demonstrate that you are now unable to do? Since he has died, all potential to have a relationship, a conversation or any interaction has been lost. This may be something that is causing a lack of closure and I need to return back to that relationship for an important life lesson and important acknowledgement that you may have ignored.

Lollipop0017 on October 20, 2012:

Hi please help me with my dream and what it means. My dream is about my ex boyfriend our relationship ended 4 years ago but he died in January this year, every other night I dream about him, that we are together and in love and so happy, then I wake up and I say what are you trying to tell me, and obviously I don't get no answers. But I'm wondering if he is there with me and trying to tell me something or is it me just dreaming about him. Ill always love my ex but I'm married with a baby now and what we had is forgotten now. Please explain all this to me as it is starting to affect me. Thank you. Lollipop

Sue B. (author) on October 20, 2012:

Melissa Joseph-

I would think this is a self-discovery dream only it seems as though you are fearful of the unknown within yourself as you become aware of things you did not know were there. The basement would represent a deeper level of self that is often present unknown to us- our subconscious layers. The washer machine sounds like it would relate to processing emotions. Under the stairs sounds like it is even deeper within your unconscious than the rest of the room. The cat sounds like an aspect of self you regard as threatening in some way. I would associate primal instincts as being represented by a cat. The thought that this somehow could have killed you could relate to your fear- there may be a fear that you will somehow lose yourself in accepting unconscious aspects of self and acknowledge parts of self you were unaware of.

Melissa Joseph on October 20, 2012:

I've been having a dream where I walk into the basement of my old house but it looks a bit different. For example all the furniture was moved around and there was a washer machine in the corner next to the stairs that wasn't there before. When I walked down the old wooden stairs I stopped on the middle step (also the stairs were longer). There were bright glowing green cat eyes under the step that I was unaware of and as I was about to step down the paws of the cat pulled my ankles and brought me under the staircase. I'm not sure if I died or not because I couldn't see anything after that I only heard screaming. And the other weird part was the cat was wearing a suit..

Do u have any idea of what my dream means??

Sue B. (author) on October 12, 2012:


did you ask your wife-to-be what she thinks the dream means?

If this were my dream, I would associate seeing your grandmother who has passed with a machete as a symbol related to our relationship. I would see the grandmother as representing something from the past that should not be influencing us anymore but is. The machete could relate to either feelings of anger/aggression or a need or threat (depending upon what is going on) to cut off something or act in a divisive way.

okellodavis on October 11, 2012:

my wife to-be also had a dream where she saw my late grandmother and when she wanted to tell me, my grandmother picked a machete then my wife to be woke up.. what could this mean?

Sue B. (author) on October 10, 2012:


I would associate your dream that you girlfriend died with fears that you will lose her or that your relationship is troubled in some way. It is common to have fears of someone leaving you or not being in your life when you have a strong emotional connection. This dream may be prompting you to look at this since you may be unconsciously pushing away your girlfriend out of fear of losing her- ironically making it more likely you actually will lose her. In order to have a positive relationship, you will need to confront, process and let go of these fears.

jhanz on October 02, 2012:

i dream that my girlfriend died. can u help me out what does it mean?? thank u.

Sue B. (author) on September 22, 2012:

Luis R-

This is a rather interesting dream that I would say may be spiritual in nature. Although you are dreaming of death in this dream, I think in this case death relates more to something more psychological- the end of something and the beginning of something new. Entering the darkness does not sound like death in this dream but rather approaching the unknown and allowing yourself to explore the unconscious. Space and stars are often associated with the unconscious and the unconscious aspects of self.

Being in the box sounds literally like thinking inside the box. This felt safe and was comforting for you. This dream sounds like it was based on the assumption that entering into the unknown was negative and would end your life rather than enhance it. At the end of the dream, you do take the risk and learn that you are gaining further insight and awareness.

This sounds like it could also be a spiritual dream that reflects an increase sense of spirit and things bigger than yourself. Literally, it could be reviewed as a dream connecting you to the universe.

Luis R. on September 15, 2012:

Hello I wanted to see what you think about my dream. I dreamed that I was in a rectangular box with a porta- potty and an unusual floor. The setting was in space so I could see galaxies, stars, nebulas, etc. Well I was in the box but so were two other animated characters that come from a cartoon called Pokémon. It was Ash and Pikachu. Ash jumped from the box and fell into a deep dark abyss under the box. Apparently the box is the only thing floating in space. I kept looking down until I couldn't hear his screams anymore. I for some reason decided to jump as well. I was afraid momentarily at first of dying, but I got over it rather quickly and jumped. I was facing up and I could see the box and the galaxies getting smaller as I continued to fall. I felt ok and accepted that I would die. It was getting darker until I was fully engulfed in it. I closed my eyes just as this was happening and I smiled. My last words were, "Here we go. This is the end." I seemed to have whispered this. I felt the darkness surround me and I thought this is how it feels, but as soon as I became the darkness I saw light which in turn was me realizing that I had woken up. What do you think this dream means?

Sue B. (author) on August 31, 2012:


Dreaming of your mom waking up from the dead may relate to your struggles to truly accept that she is gone and actually gone. Since she becomes a zombie, it may also relate to your disconnection from painful feelings associated with the loss of your mom and your disconnection from your mom. Although this sounds like a scary experience, dreaming of similar things over and over again can mean you are not addressing something important and may need to confront your feelings.

I would associate your dreams with attempting to avoid these feelings and put them to rest without truly processing them and feeling like you are being chased by these feelings- they can't quite go away. If she is chasing you in the dream, then you are running from something associated with her. I would think this relates to a need to confront your feelings and really allow yourself to grieve.

ch on August 26, 2012:

Last i had a dream about my deceased mother, she passed away on 2005. In my dream, we are in her funeral, my cousin and aunt were crying, and then suddenly my mother wants to wake uo from the dead, she keeps on waking up like a zombie and then she started to chase after me, i was so scared. Im so confused, i dont know what is the meaning of my dream.

And before this i also had a dream about my deceased grandfather who died last year. The same thing happened in my dream. Please help me, im getting scared.

Sue B. (author) on August 12, 2012:

Hi Megan,

You may want to review other dream articles that relate to dreaming of your ex that you can find under this article or my profile. This may shed some light onto your dream.

My first impression of your dream is that you may be dreaming of what you are hoping will happen and may also be dreaming of something occurring within you on a deeper psychological/spiritual level. Regardless of if you reconcile your marriage, you may need to reconcile and repair the inner relationships you have with yourself. Perhaps it is important to you to reach inner completion and acknowledge all aspects of who you are (animus/man, inner child) in order to be successful with your relationship.

Megan on August 06, 2012:

I had a dream yesterday which I and my husband were getting married again. My husband and I are not living together right now, we are separating and living in two different countries. In the dream, i saw that my husband came back to live with me and we had a baby girl whos 2 years old (we dont have any kid yet) and we all were in whites on wedding day but i didn't see my husband though. What did my dream try to tell me?

Sue B. (author) on June 27, 2012:

Kate, I am sorry to hear you have been having troubling dreams. Nightmares usually result from intense fears/anxieties or an issue we are not confronting but need to. Eating the live bird gives me the sense that instead of expressing something (singing like a bird) you are swallowing it. What needs to be expressed within you?

You will off your uncle- this sounds like you are cutting off something within your psychic and harming yourself. This type of dream would be screaming for you to stop repressing something.

The plane sounds like it may relate to coming into contact with reality- the ground- and learning that you are cutting off something important. This may be an accident/unintended but it is happening. How can you express yourself and honor all parts of self?

kate on June 26, 2012:

Hi, i'm being really bothered from the past 3 days because of the dreams/nightmares I've been having. In my 1st dream I ate a live bird (i'm a strict vegetarian and animal lover,never hurting any being). In my second dream, i was a contract killer and i killed an uncle. In the 3rd dream, I exited a plane with my husband and got news that another uncle and his wife had died, maybe from an accident. Their son was on the same plane as me.I am a very intuitive person, but rarely get such dreams , which is freaking me out.please help!! Thanks


Sue B. (author) on November 14, 2011:

Brittany, thank you for commenting. I should write a hub specifically about reoccurring dreams since these tend to worry people the most.

If you are having similar dreams over and over again, I usual interpret this as something important you are not paying attention to yet. Perhaps there is something you need to let go of (allow to die, expire) so that you can move onto something new and continue to grow in the direction you wish.

And yes, these dreams would freak me out too!

brittany on November 13, 2011:

i have repeated dreams of death and its my own death sometimes anothers death and im getting sick of it. its every night and it freaking me out.

Melvin A. Spikes on August 23, 2011:

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