Have you ever been told to “think happy thoughts” or “count sheep” when you haven’t been able to fall asleep for some reason or another? I know I was told that on numerous occasions and it never helped and to be quite honest, it made me a lot more anxious than I already was. The reason I even bring this up is because death is inevitable and it is going to happen at some point in our lives, but many of us avoid the discussion of death because it’s uncomfortable and sad. No one wants to think about someone they love or themselves dying, it’s depressing.
Because of this avoidance of death, it appears in our unconscious state of mind since we don’t want to consciously think about the death of ourselves or a loved one. We can’t forget something exists just because we consciously avoid it. That’s why our unconscious brings it out through our dreams. Depending on the circumstances going on in your life, there are some reasons as to why you may be having dreams of death.
Death By Execution
If you had a dream where you were being executed or 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 in, in your waking life. 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.
If you happen to witness a person being murdered or watch one, this could be indicative of a part of yourself that remains unexpressed. This could be 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.
Animals in dreams involving death symbolizes 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 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.
Your Own Death
If you dream that you are dying or have died 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’s appointment, what was said, etc. Your own death in dreams could be a symbolization of wanting to escape issues or burdens in your waking life. This type of dream may be suggesting termination of certain relationships and starting new.
There are many reasons as to why we dream about death and the possible meaning of messages our unconscious is trying to bring to our awareness. It is important to take your circumstances in different situations and see how these interpretations 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.