This dream dictionary will help in translating the dream language. It is 'Jungian' based and focuses on the best possible applications of the dream images and actions in relationship to the emotional energies found in dreams. It references the symbolic and metaphorical value of the images/actions that are representative of the personal and universal/archetypal emotional patterns that are the subject matter in our dreams.
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Death dreams can be alarming, whether you dream that you or a loved one die. Dreaming of death is usually more symbolic and often indicates an ending of a particular habit, behavior, circumstance, etc. More directly, dreaming about death can be part of the grieving process if you recently experienced the passing of a loved one.
To dream that you are in bereavement suggests that you are repressing your grief. Perhaps something is bothering you more than you realize. You need to express your sadness and not keep it inside. For those that are experiencing bereavement in real life, such dreams are a way of coping with what has happened. TOP
Black symbolizes the unknown, the unconscious, danger, mystery, darkness, death, mourning, rejection, hate or malice. The color invites you to delve deeper in your unconscious in order to gain a better understanding of yourself. It also signifies a lack of love and lack of support. More positively, black represents potential and possibilities. It is like a clean or blank slate.
If the feeling in the dream is one of joy, then blackness could imply hidden spirituality and divine qualities.
To dream in black and white, suggests that you need to be more objective in formulating your decisions. You may be a little too unyielding in your thought process and thus need to find some sort of balance between two opposing views. Consider the views and opinions of others. Alternatively, black and white dreams is a sign of depression or sadness. You may feel that there is not enough excitement in your life. TOP
To see a burial in your dream indicates that you have gotten rid of your bad habits and have freed yourself from a negative situation. You are finally letting go of something.
To dream that you are burying a living person signifies emotional turmoil. Alternatively, it suggests that you are being buried by problems and stresses of your waking life.
To dream that you are being buried alive suggests that you are being undermined or stifled in some way. You are feeling trapped or helpless. TOP
* Please also see Funeral.
To see a casket in your dream symbolizes the womb. It also signifies your thoughts and fears of death. If the casket is empty, then it denotes irreconcilable differences. Alternatively, the coffin represents ideas and habits that are no longer of use and can be buried. In particular, if the casket is white, then it refers to lost innocence.
To see a body in a casket in your dream signifies that you are going through a period of depression. You may feel confined, restricted and that you are lacking personal freedom. There may be a dead or decaying situation or issue in your life that you need to address. It is time to end this situation or relationship. TOP
To see a coffin in your dream symbolizes the womb. It also signifies your thoughts and fears of death. If the coffin is empty, then it denotes irreconcilable differences. Alternatively, the coffin represents ideas and habits that are no longer of use and can be buried. In particular, if the coffin is white, then it refers to lost innocence.
To dream of seeing a body or dream of seeing yourself in a coffin suggests that you are going through a period of depression. You are feeling confined, restricted and lacking personal freedom. There may be a dead or decaying situation or issue in your life that you need to address. It is time to end this situation or relationship. TOP
To see or talk to the dead in your dream forewarns that you are being influenced by negative people and are hanging around the wrong crowd. This dream may also be a way for you to resolve your feelings with those who have passed on. Alternatively, the dream symbolizes material loss.
If you dream of a person who has died a long time ago, then it suggests that a current situation or relationship in your life resembles the quality of that deceased person. The dream may depict how you need to let this situation or relationship die and end it. If you dream of someone who has recently passed away, then it means that their death is still freshly in your mind. You are still trying to grasp the notion that he or she is really gone. If the dead is trying to get you to go somewhere with him or her, then it signifies that you are trying to understand their death. You also don't want to be alone.
To see and talk with your dead parents in your dreams represent your fears of losing them or your way of coping with the loss. You are using your dream as a last opportunity to say your final good-byes to them.
To see your dead sibling, relative, or friend alive in your dream indicates that you miss them and are trying to relive your old experiences you had with them. In trying to keep up with the pace of your daily waking life, you dreams may serve as your only outlet in coping and coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.
To dream of your dead child is a way for you to keep your child alive through your dreams. For a parent to lose a child is extremely difficult. Such dreams occur because you still cannot accept or understand how or why your child was taken from you so soon. TOP
To dream about the death of a loved one suggests that you are lacking a certain aspect or quality that the loved one embodies. Ask yourself what makes this person special or what you like about them. It is that very quality that you are lacking in your own relationship or circumstances. Alternatively, the dream indicates that whatever that person represents has no part in your own life anymore. In particular, to dream about the death of your living parents indicates that you are undergoing a significant change in your waking life. Your relationship with your parents has evolved into a new realm. If you dream about the death of a child, then it implies that you need to let go of your immaturity and start being more serious. As your child reaches certain milestones and grows into an adult, dreaming of their death may be symbolic of their own self-discovery, transition and transformation into a new stage of life.
To dream that you are faking your own death suggests that you are looking for a new start. You need some change in your life.
To dream that you die in your dream symbolizes inner changes, transformation, self-discovery and positive development that is happening within you or your life. You are undergoing a transitional phase and are becoming more enlightened or spiritual. Although such a dream may bring about feelings of fear and anxiety, it is no cause for alarm as it is often considered a positive symbol. Dreams of experiencing your own death usually means that big changes are ahead for you. You are moving on to new beginnings and leaving the past behind. These changes does not necessarily imply a negative turn of events. Metaphorically, dying can be seen as an end or a termination to your old ways and habits. So, dying does not always mean a physical death, but an ending of something. If you dream that someone is telling you that you are going die, then it implies that you are being pressured to make an important change or choice. You are about to embark on some new life adventure.
On a negative note, to dream that you die may represent involvement in deeply painful relationships or unhealthy, destructive behaviors. You may feeling depressed or feel strangled by a situation or person in your waking life. Perhaps your mind is preoccupied with someone who is terminally ill or dying. Alternatively, you may be trying to get out of some obligation, responsibility or other situation. You are desperately trying to escape from the demands of your daily life.
To see someone dying in your dream signifies that your feelings for that person are dead or that a significant change/loss is occurring in your relationship with that person. Alternatively, you may want to repress that aspect of yourself that is represented by the dying person. If you see a stranger die in your dream, then it implies that you are feeling detached from the changes that are happening around you. TOP
To dream that you are giving a eulogy suggests that there is some repressed thoughts that you need to verbalize. Do not let these thoughts or feelings die.
To listen to a eulogy in your dream indicates that you are learning to express your feelings.
To dream that you are being eulogized indicates that you are reflecting back on your own accomplishments, memories and key moments in life. Alternatively, it symbolizes an end to your old attitudes and outdated beliefs. TOP
To see an execution in your dream suggests that there is something or someone you need to cut out from your life.
To dream of your own execution indicates that you are harboring some strong guilt. Perhaps there is a bad habit or aspect of yourself that you want to rid yourself of. TOP
To dream of your own funeral symbolizes an ending to a situation or aspect of yourself. You may be repressing some of your feelings or parts of yourself. Thus, the dream may be a signal for you to recognize and acknowledge those feelings. Instead of confronting a situation, you are dealing with it by burying it and trying to forget about it. If you are nearing death, a funeral dream may relate to your feelings/anxieties about your own death.
To dream that you are at somebody else's funeral signifies that you are burying an old relationship and closing the lid on the past. You may be letting go some of the feelings (resentment, anger, hostility toward someone) that you have been clinging onto.
To dream that you are attending a funeral for a still-living parent suggests that you need to separate yourself from your parent's restrictions and confines. The symbolic death may give you the courage you need to take the next step toward your independence and autonomy.
To dream that you are at the funeral of an unknown person suggests that something in your life needs to put to rest or put aside so that you can make room for something new. You need to investigate further what aspect or component of your life you need to let go. TOP
*Please also see Burial.
To dream that you are at a grave indicates that you need to delve into your own subconscious in search of an issue that you thought had been put to rest. You need to stand up for yourself for no one else can do it for you. Alternatively, it represents something is about to be completed in your life. You are leaving behind the old and making a new start. The dream may also be a pun on feeling grave or concerns about a serious or sad situation.
To dream that you are digging a grave denotes some nervousness and uneasiness over some undertaking.
To dream that your dead uncle calls to tell you that he is digging graves indicates that your subconscious is telling you about some hidden truth or family secret that needs to be uncovered. TOP
To dream that you are at a graveyard represents the discarded aspects of yourself. You may be fearing the unknown. Alternatively, the graveyard indicates a loss or a period of mourning. TOP
To see the grim reaper in your dream signifies the negative, rejected aspects of your personality. It represents aspects of yourself that you have repressed. Alternatively, it symbolizes death. The dream may parallel an end to some situation, habit, or relationship in your waking life. TOP
To dream that you kill someone indicates that you are on the verge of losing your temper and self-control. Consider the person you have killed and ask yourself if you feel any rage towards her or him in your waking life. Your dream may be expressing some hidden anger. Alternatively, you may be trying to kill an aspect of yourself that is represented by the person killed. Identify the characteristics of this person and ask yourself which of these qualities you are trying to put an end to.
To dream that you have been killed suggests that your actions are disconnected from your emotions and conscience. The dream refers to drastic changes that you are trying to make. There is a characteristic that you want to get rid of or a habit that you want to end within yourself. Killing represents the killing off of the old parts and old habits. Alternatively, the dream represents feelings of being let down or betrayed by someone in your waking life. You are feeling overwhelmed, shocked and disappointed. TOP
*Please see also Murder.
To see a killer in your dream suggests that an essential aspect of your emotions have been cut off. You feel that you are losing your identity and your individuality. Alternatively, this dream may represent purification and the healing process. You are standing up for yourself and putting a dramatic end to something. TOP
To dream that you are in a morgue refers to some shocking and dreadful news that you are about to receive. Alternatively, the dream means that you are ready to put the past to rest. TOP
To see or dream that you are in a mortuary suggests that you are hindering your own self-growth by not utilizing your abilities and talents. Alternatively, it represents aspects of yourself that you need to discard and get rid of. TOP
To dream that you are in mourning refers to your inability to let go of the past. You need to clear those old experiences and make way for the new. Alternatively, the dream may mean the contrary and shows how you are able to let go of the past and accept the loss.
To see others or dream that you are wearing mourning symbolizes grief, bad luck, and unhappiness. Alternatively, the dream signifies a disturbing influence or some misunderstanding within your social circle. TOP
To dream that you have committed a murder indicates that you are putting an end to an old habit and a former way of thinking. This could also refer to an end to an addiction. Alternatively, the dream indicates that you have some repressed aggression or rage at yourself or at someone. Note also that dreams of murder occur frequently during periods of depression.
To dream that you witness a murder indicates deep-seated anger towards somebody. Consider how the victim represents aspects of yourself that you want to destroy or eliminate.
To dream that you are murdered suggests that some important and significant relationship has been severed. You are trying to disconnect yourself from your emotions. The dream may also be about your unused talents. TOP
*Please also see Killing See the Meaning In Action: "Premonition of Murder"
To feel or be sympathetic in your dream is a dream of the contrary and means that you are lacking sympathy in your walking life. You are emotionally distant or cold. Perhaps you feel that you cannot relate to others or that others do not understand you. TOP
To dream that you are in tears signify that you are undergoing a period of healing in your life. The tears symbolize compassion, emotional healing and spiritual cleansing. Alternatively, tears indicate pain.
To dream that someone is in tears indicate that you need to rethink your actions and how your behavior may be affecting those around you.
To see a teardrop in your dream represents some previous wisdom that you have learned or recalled. TOP
To see tombs in your dream signify aspects of yourself which you have kept hidden and buried away.
To dream that you see your own tomb indicates that you are about to venture into parts of your personality which have been forgotten or have thought to be dead.
To dream that you are trapped in a tomb suggests that you are still being held back by past pain and old fears. You are stuck. TOP meanings by DreamMoods.com
To see your tombstone in your dream indicates a major change occurring in some aspect of your life. TOP
To see the undead in your dream represents your fears and the rejected aspects of yourself. You are refusing to acknowledge those negative parts. If you are being chased or are surrounded by the undead, then it symbolizes unresolved issues that you are not confronting. Things that you thought or assume were put to rest is coming back to haunt you.
To dream that you are undead represents your inability to express yourself. You are feeling disconnected with others. Alternatively, the dream suggests that you have relapsed back to your old habits and ways. TOP
To see an undertaker or dream that you are one represents your need to take charge of your life and the responsibilities that come with it. Alternatively, an undertaker signifies a new beginning. TOP
To dream that you are making or writing a will indicates that you are looking ahead to the future. You are starting a new phase in your life. Alternatively, the dream suggests that a decision you have made is final. You cannot be swayed. The dream may also a pun on your willingness and determination to do something. Or the dream symbol may represent someone in your life named Will.
To dream that something is left for you in a will represents characteristics or qualities that you can learn or adopt from your descendents.
To dream that a will is being read suggests that you are ready to reap the benefits of your hard work. Alternatively, the dream means that you are being rewarded for your past efforts. TOP