Dreaming about someone dying who is still alive? 13 spiritual meanings

It’s a scary dream – you’re at a funeral, and the person you know who died comes up to you. They say hello and then disappear into the crowd before you can process what’s happening.

It’s surreal, confusing, and deeply disturbing – and it means something much deeper to dream about someone dying who is still alive.

We’ve done the research for you on this one – with 13 spiritual meanings of dreaming about someone who is still alive that are sure to give you a lot to think about.

1) You need to show your appreciation for this person who is still alive.

Is the person in your dream a friend who you don’t really talk to anymore? Is it a family member you’ve been ignoring?

Maybe you’ve been trying to push them away because you don’t want any more drama in your life.

You’ve put them on the back burner in your life, and now you’re being reminded that you should be showing them how much they mean to you.

If they still mean something to you, you need to show them what that means.

Either way, this is the perfect time to show some appreciation – and make sure they know that you haven’t forgotten about them. The dream is telling you to reach out to that person, but only if you feel like it’s the right thing to do.

2) You need to re-evaluate what you’re doing in the present moment

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The dream is another way of telling you how your life is or isn’t going – and you might have a big decision to make in the near future.

The death of this person who is still alive may be a sign that your life as you know it, is over.

It might be time for you to make some changes, and the dream is urging you to think about what those changes should be.

Take the time to do some reevaluation in your present situation:

  • Are you spending too much time with friends, family, and even strangers?
  • Have you been running yourself ragged and not properly taking care of your health?
  • Is it time to start having a more meaningful relationship with the person still alive – or are you feeling disconnected from them?
  • Are you always running on the hamster wheel of work, and neglecting your free time to do more meaningful things?

Dreaming about the death of someone who is still alive might also be a sign that you need to slow down and take care of yourself.

Make some changes that will help you be happier, and make more intentional use of your time.

3) You’re having a hard time forgiving someone

Is there someone in your life you’re having trouble forgiving for their wrongdoings? Maybe that’s what the dream is telling you.

Forgiveness has a lot of symbolic meaning in our life.

It is a form of kindness that shows us that we’re choosing to accept or love someone even though they’ve hurt us.

When you dream about someone dying, it could be your subconscious way of telling you that it’s not okay to hold on to grudges and resentment. When we can’t forgive others, it’s often because we’re holding on to our own anger and bitterness towards the people closest to us.

Believe me, forgiving others can be an incredibly healing process.

If forgiveness is something that’s important to you, maybe it’s time to try and think about ways that you can work on forgiving those who have hurt you in the past.

4) You need to take responsibility for your actions.

The person who is still alive in the dream may be a symbol for something you’ve been ignoring or avoiding.

This person might represent your feelings, how you’re letting yourself down, or how you’re treating others.

I know, taking responsibility for your actions is not always fun. But you can either look at the aspects of your life that are making you unhappy and start to make changes, or let the dream pass by without any action.

Try to take responsibility for your actions:

  • Learn to deal with your feelings in a healthy way.
  • Figure out what you’re ignoring or avoiding and deal with it.
  • Stop running yourself ragged and start taking care of yourself (including good nutrition, exercise, sleep, relaxation, etc.)
  • Start doing more meaningful things with the person who is still alive in the dream – they might be a sign that it’s time to change the way you live.

Through these, you just might be able to the security and stability of life since you’re becoming a more responsible person.

5) The dream is a reflection of your own recent health scares

The dream may be symbolic of your recent health scares – that is to say, experiences in your life that have brought you to this point.

Are you being reminded of how seriously ill you were?

Are you being reminded of how upset or hurt you were because the people you thought cared couldn’t (or didn’t) help you?

Now that you’ve made it through these recent health scares, you’re realizing that you can make it through anything. You’ve learned how to ward off the negative energies, and are ready for anything the future can throw at you.

Always remember though, that health issues are always a reminder that you need to take care of your body. If you feel like the dream is pushing you to eat better, exercise more, or get more sleep – do it!

There’s nothing to worry about. This is just your mind’s way of saying that you’re making progress and getting on with your life.

6) You need to be there for someone before it’s too late

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Dreaming about someone dying who is still alive may be a sign that you need to lend a hand, pay attention, and support someone in your life who is still alive.

This means helping them with a tough decision, getting them out of their rut, or helping them through an illness or bad time.

You may not know who among the people you know still needs your help, so seeing someone in a dream who is still alive could be a sign for you to pay attention to them.

There’s nothing to lose if you try to reach out and help – and you just might be able to make a difference in someone’s life.

Being too late is such an ugly feeling – and you might be dreaming about it since you know that there are people in your life who need you.

Be a good friend and lend a helping hand to someone if you haven’t already. You’ll never regret it – and as the person may be said before they died in the dream, “You’re a beautiful soul.”

7) You need some space from people who are toxic in your life

There may be some people in your life who are causing unnecessary drama and stress. They might be trying to control your life, cause chaos, and make you feel unhappy.

In the dream, they may be the one who is dying – or they may be someone who is still alive.

You see, toxic people can be just as harmful when they are alive. They can suggest to you that you have the power and control to help them change – when in reality, it’s up to them to make the changes.

If you dream about a person who is still alive dying, it could be a sign that this person is toxic in your life and needs to go!

One way of dealing with toxic people is this: tell them how bothered or hurt you are by their actions, and what they mean to you.

Dreaming of someone dying doesn’t mean that they’re going to die in real life – it’s just a symbol of how you wish they would stop bothering you.

But if they are causing your situation in life to get out of hand, it could be time to let them go.

When you put bad energy out into the world, it comes back to you tenfold. Taking action against someone who is toxic in your life is a great way to remove that bad energy and move on with your life.

Just like in the dream, you can let go of toxic people that are still alive – and surround yourself with people who make your life better.

8) You are closing a chapter in your life

Dreaming of someone who is still alive dying may be a sign that you’re wrapping up the chapter of your life with them.

If it’s a romantic relationship, you might have come to the point in your relationship where you realize it’s time to let go.

If it’s someone else in your life, maybe you’ve reached that point in your relationship where you need to remove yourself and live without them for a while. Typically, when a chapter of your life comes to an end, you want closure.

Maybe, being able to consciously release this person into the ether can be good for your soul.

As we all know, closing a chapter means opening a new one. So next time you dream about someone who is still alive and dying, take this symbol as a chance to create a new chapter and become more open to creating a better life for yourself.

You might not always get what you want in life – but when have this dream, it could be the perfect opportunity to make changes and set yourself up for your ideal life.

9) You’re becoming aware of your own wrongdoing

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You may be dreaming about someone dying in order to bring to light your own wrongdoing – and perhaps even to right a wrong.

When we know that we have done something wrong in our lives, it’s only human nature to try and avoid being held accountable for our actions. We might try and hide all evidence of the wrong-doing to avoid an uncomfortable confrontation with other people who might reprimand us.

Dreams are a way for your mind to open you up to the wrongs you’ve committed.

You might show up in the dream as the person who dies, or you might show up as someone who is holding your own funeral. And you might be aware that it’s your own funeral – with everyone in attendance mourning your death.

This might mean that you’ve had a conversation with someone where they’ve confronted you about an issue or wrongdoing, and it makes its way into your dreams. But dreams don’t just hold the negative aspects of your life to light.

If you can dream about someone dying, and if you don’t die yourself in the dream, it may be a sign that you’re ready to come clean, apologize for what you did wrong, and try to make up for your wrongdoing.

The dream will give you an opportunity to own up to whatever mistakes you’ve made.

10) Be grateful for someone still alive in your life

Dreaming about the death of someone who is still alive might be your way of reminding that you need to appreciate those closest to you.

You’re dreaming about the death of someone who is still alive because they are an important part of your life. And you might be subconsciously thinking that they could soon be gone forever.

You might not want to think about losing someone else – but dreaming about someone dying who is still alive is a powerful way for your mind to open up your heart and encourage gratitude for the people who are already there for you.

It’s up to you how you want to use this dream – but this kind of dream can be a powerful tool for your psyche.

11) You’re experiencing a revisiting of old trauma.

You might dream about someone who is still alive because you’re revisiting an old trauma that happened to you in the past.

Sometimes, when we’ve experienced something traumatic, we can’t really handle it and reenact those memories through dreams later in life.

I truly understand, that memories of an old trauma resurfacing can be hard, especially if your dreams are making you remember them.

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12) You fear losing the person in your dream

This is your subconscious telling you that you’re afraid they will leave you or pass away.

This may be the result of a conversation you’ve had with that person about their health, or it could just be your worried mind speculating that they’ll soon leave you.

But when you dream about someone dying and you’re afraid of losing them, it could also mean that there’s something else in your life that’s causing concern as well. To add to it, you’re worrying about something in your life, and you’re afraid that it’s going to cause a big change.

Sometimes we can become concerned with making decisions or seeing the future – and when we become worried, our minds might try and make those worries come true through dreams.

Just like how we try to avoid facing issues that may make us feel uncomfortable, our mind often tries to avoid any circumstances which might bring fear into our lives.

13) You’re grieving the death of something

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You might dream about someone dying because you’re grieving the death of something precious in your life – it could be a passion, a pet, or a project you’ve worked so hard.

Dreams are a way for your mind to open you up to the things that matter in your life.

And if you’re grieving the death of something important to you, the dream is trying to connect those two things – so that you can learn about what’s important for yourself.

It might feel like a difficult thing to think about – but maybe it’s time for a transformation.

Maybe it’s time to move on or consider something different in your life.

To put it another way, the dream could be a sign that it’s time for you to stop being so attached to the things that mean nothing to you.

Final words

When you dream about someone dying, or when you dream about a scenario that looks like they are really dead, it could be one of many ways that your subconscious mind is trying to wake you up to real-life events.

Dreams involving death can be incredibly powerful tools for our psyche. They can help us to open up to the things that are most important in our lives – or they can help us to release the things that we carry, like bitterness, resentment, and anger.

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