|Darryls dead body floating in the lake. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
I don't recall too many dreams where death or dead people are a part of the dream story, but there have been enough to make this a symbol to look at.
In the dreams I recall, death comes in the form of:
- A dead body which has been hidden
- A dead body left out in the open and unremoved
- A dead body on display
- The knowledge that someone has died
When the dead body is hidden in a car trunk, a closet, or some other hiding place I believe that would represent a secret or something that I am trying to hide from others. It may also be a suspicion that something is being hidden from me. These dreams leave me apprehensive with the fear that the body will be discovered. Sometimes the body is starting to emit an odor of decay which might be an indication that the symbolized secret is on the verge of being discovered and cannot remain hidden.
The body left unattended is a problem that is being ignored by me or perhaps others. In the dream I am aware that it is there as do others, but we try to just go about our business as though it doesn't exist. Many of us tend to allow serious problems to remain without acknowledging their existence. I think this type of dream calls my attention to this fact.
The corpse on display as though it were on view before a funeral probably represents a problem or some uncomfortable issue that is recognized as having been dealt with and on view for all to see before being buried. This problem may represent something like a former prejudice, dislike, or conflict with another person.
In dreams where I hear a loved one has died I usually feel very sad. I think this dream represents a fear of losing someone I care for because of the intensity of how I feel upon awakening. Sometimes in my disoriented state of partial wakefulness I may feel a powerful sense of loss and grief until I am fully awake and realize that I have dreamed. The fear of loss usually remains making it difficult to go back to sleep.
Death in dreams is often a sorrowful occasion as in life, but it can also cause fear or uneasiness.
Have you dreamed of someone dying? Have you ever dreamed of your own death?