What It Means If You Dream About Death Or Dying

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How To Interpret 3 Common Dream Meanings About Death & Dying

In life, death is inevitable. We're all going to die at some point.

But when you find yourself dreaming about dying, it's normal to feel a little freaked out and wonder about the dream meanings and interpretations behind your visions.

In waking life, many of us avoid discussions about death because it’s uncomfortable and sad, which is why when we start dreaming about it, we want tend to ask ourselves, "What does my dream mean?"

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Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't mean you're going to die. But still, no one wants to think about someone they love or themselves dying because it’s depressing and out of our control.

It's not something we want to think about consciously, but we can't simply forget something exists just because we choose to avoid it. So, as a result, our avoidance of death causes it to appear in our unconscious state of mind when we dream — which is where dream interpretation and analysis comes in.

Depending on the circumstances going on in your life and what you see in your dreams, there are different reasons as to why you may be dreaming about death.

Here's how to interpret 3 common dream meanings about death and dying, when you find yourself dreaming about it.

1. Death by execution.

If you had a dream where you were being executed or of requests for you to be killed using euthanasia, it is an indication that you need to make a change in your life. While this is a rather dramatic symbolization of the need for change, there is some part of your waking life that needs changing as soon as possible.

Make sure to think about what is going well in your life and what may be toxic for your life.

If the dream involved you being on a platform and blindfolded, this can be indicative of feeling guilty about something in your waking life. It could also be representative of your denial or refusal to acknowledge something in your waking life.

If you have this experience while dreaming, analyze what is going on in your waking life and if someone is after you. This could range from a debt collection agency to a specific person in your personal or professional life.

If you were the executioner in your dream, think about what toxic relationships may be.

If you didn't know the person you executed or were going to execute, you may want to think about what tasks or duties you may have to execute in your waking life. This may be in regards to work, school, home and so forth.

2. Violent death

If you happen to witness a person being murdered or watched someone die, this could be indicative of a part of yourself that remains unexpressed. The meaning of dreams like this could reflect your unexpressed feelings and emotions about something or someone.

If you murder someone and you know who it is, this indicates some type of emotional pain or hurt in your waking life. This type of violent death also symbolizes the killing of an emotional bond to a person.

If you are unable to identify the victim, your unconscious might be suggesting you are being victimized in some way in your waking life.

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Animals in dreams that involve death symbolizes an intuitional nature. This could be a suggestion to look at yourself and how the animal you see in your dreams resides within you. Ask yourself how that particular animal can be applied to your waking life and yourself emotionally and mentally.

If the dream involves choking or strangling, it may be you’re experiencing conflict or indecision in your waking life. Think about decisions you’ve had to make recently or something you have been putting off.

This could also symbolize repressed emotions or memories that your unconscious is telling you about to deal with in your waking life.

If your dream involves drowning, it could indicate you are feeling overwhelmed or having overwhelming emotions or problems. Assess the situations and relationships in your life and how they may be impacting you and your life.

If you commit suicide in your dream, it could be representative of hopelessness or feelings of failure. If someone else commits suicide in your dream, it may indicate feelings of failing someone in your waking life.

3. Your own death

If you dream that you died or are dying from a disease or illness, your unconscious might be concerned about an aspect of your health. Make sure to think about the last time you had a doctor appointment and what was said to you.

Your own death in dreams could symbolize wanting to escape issues or burdens in your waking life. A dream analysis suggests the termination of certain relationships and starting new.

There are many possible dream interpretations that our unconscious mind could be trying to bring to our awareness through our sleep.

That's why is important to take your circumstances in different situations into consideration to see how these dream meanings may fit into your reality and waking life.

Are there responsibilities in your waking life you are trying to escape or avoid? Is there a person in your life who is toxic and need to cut out of your life?

Death in dreams is very rarely associated with death in your waking life. These types of dreams are usually sending the message that there is something or someone in your life that is affecting you and you are trying to avoid or repress them to your unconscious mind.

Therefore, the only way to get you aware of it in your waking life, your unconscious is presenting it through your dreams.

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Brittney Lindstrom is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.