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Dream Dive: Nightmares About Losing a Loved One

by BetterSleep
Jun 25 • 4 min read

Loss is difficult to come to terms with; your nightmares of losing a loved one may bring confusion and fear.

Your dreams come from different factors in your life; feelings, thoughts, relationships, what you watch, and more. If you’re having dreams about losing a loved one, you may want closure or bring meaning to your dream.

Unfortunately, dreams don’t have a definite meaning. If you want to find out the meaning of your dream, you should first uncover any suppressed feelings and thoughts you may be harboring.

Losing a Loved One in a Dream

Losing a loved one is a common dream that many people have. These people play an impactful role in your life, conversations, and thoughts. Losing them in a dream can be due to changes in your relationship with the person. These changes don’t necessarily have to be bad.

Dreams of losing a loved one are also indicative of the way you see your relationship with that person. If you have been having problems or not communicating as much, seeing them die in a dream could mean that the relationship is rocky and may end soon.

But on the contrary, losing a loved one in a dream doesn’t have to mean that it’s them that you will lose. For example, this person may represent a job or opportunity that you could lose.

Your spouse dying:

While your spouse dying in a dream may be symbolic of the relationship coming to an end, it could also mean that something in your relationship needs attention. Your spouse could be struggling with something you never realized.

A friend dying:

Just like dreaming about your spouse dying, seeing your friend die in a dream could mean that you should pay more attention to the friendship. There may be certain areas of the friendship that are not doing well.

This dream could also occur if you are overly worried about the well-being of your friend.

A family member dying:

These nightmares may be caused by your fear of losing this person. If it’s a family member that you haven’t seen in a long time, you may be missing them. Try talking to or visiting them to solve this ongoing nightmare.

How to Avoid Nightmares About Death

If your dreams about death are recurrent, that means there’s a deeper issue at hand. You may be overwhelmingly stressed about a situation or you have been suppressing thoughts for too long.

Taking care of your mental health is the first step you should take to avoid these dreams.

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