When someone dies, it can take years to heal. Even after months have passed by, you still suffer from grief after your traumatic loss. Because death is such a terrifying part of life, many people have dreams that their beloved spouse, parent or friend has died. In the worst of these dreams, you actually watch your loved one pass away. In other dreams, you just exist with the knowledge that they are gone.
After you have a dream that a loved one has died, one of the first responses is fear. While dreams cannot predict the future, you may feel afraid that your dream shows something that could happen in real life. Luckily, this is rarely the case. Unless your loved one is already ill, it is unlikely that your dream is prophetic. If your loved one is ill, then the dream most likely occurred because you are afraid of your beloved’s health. To find out what your dream could mean, read on.
When your beloved dies in a dream, it can be extremely traumatic. This type of dream can represent a number of things. At a base level, it shows your fear of the future. You love your family member or friend, and you cannot imagine what life would be like without them. Because of this, you dreamed that they died.
Your fear does not pertain to just their death. You may also fear that your beloved would stop being a part of your life. You may be afraid of a break up, or your beloved sibling may be leaving for college. Whatever the case, you might be afraid that your loved one could leave you and your relationship could change.
Death as Transformation
In many cultures and mythologies, death is viewed as a type of transformation. This is exemplified by the story of the phoenix. In mythology, the phoenix would burn in flames every 500 years. Then, it would rise from the ashes of its death as a new, young bird.
In your dream, death may have been symbolic of a transformation in your relationship. Perhaps your beloved started a new job. They may have moved away, started college or gotten married. All of these major life changes would naturally transform your relationship with them. This could lead you to dream that they have died. If you felt fear or apprehension in the dream, it may show that you feel just as apprehensive about the relationship changing in real life.
The death does not have to involve your beloved’s transformation. It could actually reflect a transformation that is going on within your own life. You may feel like your sudden promotion or new relationship is changing your relationships with your loved ones. Because of this, you dreamed that your loved one began the ultimate transformation in your dream.
The End of Old Beliefs and Habits
Sometimes, death in a dream shows an end to old beliefs or habits. Your past ways of thinking are changing, and you are starting to take on a new attitude in life. Your beloved family or friend may represent these beliefs to you. For example, your mother raised you to believe in a certain religion. As an adult, you have made the decision to convert to a different religion. If your other dies in the dream, it reflects the fact that your old belief system (as represented by your mother) is dying and a new one is taking its place.
Analyzing Your Dream
To figure out what your dream really means, you have to look at exactly what happens in the dream. How does your beloved one die? Are they upset or do they accept the death as a natural part of life? How do you feel in the dream? What is your location and who is around you?
The dream itself is important, but your attitude in the dream is just as important as well. If you are apprehensive or fearful in the dream, it shows that you fear the coming change or transformation. If you are sad, but accept the death, then it shows that you are coming to terms with the changes in your life.
Will My Beloved Actually Die?
This is a completely understandable question to have. If a loved one dies in your dream, you will naturally fear that the same thing could happen in real life. While there is no way of knowing the future for sure, it is unlikely that your loved one will actually die. This type of dream is quite terrifying, so it is natural to begin fearing your loved one’s death. Don’t worry though because it most likely is not a sign of the future. Unless you had the dream because your loved one is already gravely ill, it is unlikely that they will actually die in the near future.