I always get jealous of people who can vividly recall every dream. The only one that's stuck with me long-term is me dreaming Madonna sang at my church when I was a teenager. (I'm pretty sure I remember it because I can still feel the crushing disappointment when I realized it wasn't really happening.) If you can't remember your dreams, you're not alone: Most people forget 95 to 99 percent of their dreams. If you have a dream where you die, though, that may stick with you because of how unsettling it can be. You're probably asking yourself, "What happens when you die in your dream?"
Dream interpretation isn't an exact science. Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud was one of the pioneers of dream research in the late 19th century, but the actual meaning of different, common dreams is still being debated today. One popular theory is that you dream of things you'd prefer to avoid, which would make sense when it comes to death. Being afraid of death is pretty common, so it's natural to avoid thinking about your mortality. But a dream involving your death doesn't necessarily mean anything morbid. It can even signal positive changes ahead. Here are a few of the most common reasons you might have dreamed about your own death.