General Dream Meaning: Death and Dying
Oddly enough, if you dream that you are dead, it can indicate a release from all your current problems and concerns. If you dream of someone else that is dead, but do not know who they are, it may mean you are about to receive an inheritance or some other windfall. A dream of speaking to your mother, if she is dead, may relate to news about your love life. If the dream is about your father, it may pertain to business or financial matters.
Perhaps even stranger, a dream of death may mean a baby will soon be born to you or someone else in your family. You may also view a dream of death as indicating that certain personality features exhibited by people in your dream may no longer be ones that you will be expressing in your own life. Some also have found dreams of death to indicate major life changes, although they are not always negative ones
How Dream Symbol Death and Dying May Fit in Your Life
In general, a dream of death serves as a reminder that nothing stays the same. You will go on with your life, and as you do that, aspects of your inner landscape will change just as much, if not more than outer ones This, in turn, can evoke concerns and anxieties about all the things you will be giving up, as well as uncertainty about what will take their place.
A Sample Dream and Death Dream Interpretation
Consider a dream where you notice that a stranger is in the process of dying. You feel slightly disturbed, but don't understand why. As the person breathes their last, he turns into a lion and vanishes into thin air. While you do not exactly feel relieved to see that it is over, you are not as upset as you were before. At that point, you walk out of the room and pick up a playful kitten that purrs and seems to be happy you are there.
In this dream, the important thing to focus on is the fact that the person actually turns into a lion, which has deep symbolism. If you see a lion as representing strength, or "king of the jungle", then you can easily see where the death sequence has to do with inner concerns about giving up power. This type of dream may stem from a need to let go of micromanagement. Since you are not the one dying in the dream, it may mean that you will look for a job where you have more freedom, or you will soon have a manager that places fewer restrictions on your work hours. You may want to choose the latter interpretation, since enjoying the presence of a kitten would not symbolize having to deal with overly authoritative figures.
The kitten as an indicator of a new romance. Perhaps once you leave behind all the control issues in your work life, it will leave you with more time and energy to enjoy some new things in this sector of your life. Either way, if you seem to feel happier at the end of the dream, then you can rest assured that whatever died in your life will ultimately represent a positive change.