What Happens When You Die In Your Dream? 7 Possible Reasons You Dreamt Of Your Own Doom Last Night

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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.

A Part Of You Has Figuratively Died

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This isn't as morbid as it may seem. Similar to how the Death card in tarot doesn't signal imminent doom, a dream where you die could simply mean that you are saying goodbye to a part of yourself — perhaps it's a bad habit or fear you've been trying to shake. This is great news because it means you've got something even better coming.

You Could Have A New Beginning Ahead

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A death dream could signify a new beginning, whether that's a new relationship, new city or new career move. Just like seeing a part of yourself figuratively die, this scenario also turns death into something positive and hopeful. You could be getting signs that your current life will change soon.

It Could Be A Sign Of Anxiety

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If your dreams about death are distressing, it could be due to anxiety. Fear of dying is understandably common, and if you've been spending a lot of time thinking about death or worrying you'll die soon, it only makes sense it'll show up in your dreams. If these dreams start to disturb your ability to get sleep, it may be worth talking to a professional.  

You May Be Afraid Of Losing Loved Ones

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Another possibility: You might be afraid to lose the people closest to you. If you've experienced loss recently, or are afraid of losing loved ones to tragedy, this could manifest in your dreams, whether it's you dying or someone you know.

It Can Remind You To Live Life To The Fullest

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When you've reached the end of your life, will you look back at your experiences and feel satisfied with what you accomplished? If the answer is currently no, your brain could be using your dreams as a way to spur you to action. You only get one chance at life, so it's important to make the most of it.

You May Need To End A Relationship

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Out with the old, in with the new: You dying in your own dreams could mean you're going to see a relationship die. Whether it's a romantic pairing or just a friendship, this could be a sign that it's time to move on.

It Doesn't Mean You'll Die Soon

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You're likely freaked out when you wake up after you die in a dream. Even if your death dream could signify something positive, you still may feel anxious or wake up feeling uncomfortable because of your imaginary brush with death. You can take comfort in knowing that a death dream doesn't mean you'll actually die anytime soon, regardless of how realistic it feels. Dreams about your death are still just dreams, and there's a chance it doesn't mean anything at all for you. But if you do occasionally dream about your own demise, now you know what it could signify.