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Did You Dream About a Funeral? Here's What It Means

A subject like a funeral can be a perplexing one to get one's brain around. Because our dreams are like transmissions from our subconscious mind, and they may represent symbolic references to our daily lives, no single explanation can ever match everyone's dream.

Below are three contrasting perspectives on dreams about a funeral, written from very different angles.

Which meaning best matches your dream?

What does a funeral mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about attending a funeral points to things like the end of something in your life, such as a relationship, job, or phase. But keep in mind that a funeral can be a somewhat nuanced dream-concept.

It's a symbol of closure and moving on.

Alternatively, seeing a funeral procession in your dream can represent a desire to bury unwanted feelings or aspects of yourself. It may also indicate that you are mourning a loss or change in your life. The common themes among these variations are generally more about personal transformation and letting go, rather than literal death.

A funeral is a somewhat very deep dream concept to make any kind of definitive analysis about. To know without any doubts, it's really necessary to get an understanding of the dreamer's background and current situation.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of attending a funeral may be thought of as a manifestation of the Freudian concept of 'Thanatos' or the death drive, a subconscious desire for self-destruction and return to a state of calm.

We can take this reasoning to another level: It could also symbolize the 'Mourning and Melancholia' phase, where one grieves for the loss of a loved object or ego ideal. A funeral procession, by contrast, might represent the 'parade of the repressed', a Freudian term for the return of repressed thoughts or feelings. It could also symbolize the collective unconscious, a Jungian concept, where the procession represents shared cultural or societal grief. The common themes among these potential variations, therefore, may be thought of as a confrontation with one's own mortality and the unconscious mind's attempt to process loss or change.

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of attending a funeral signifies a spiritual transition, a shedding of the old to make way for the new. It's a divine message that you're ready to let go of past burdens and embrace a new phase of spiritual growth. A funeral procession, by contrast, symbolizes your spiritual journey. It's a reminder that life is transient, and we must continually evolve and adapt. It may also represent collective karma, the shared spiritual lessons and experiences of your community or society. The common themes among these dream variations are spiritual wake-up calls, urging you to confront your fears, release old patterns, and step into your higher purpose.

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So which dream interpretation is best for you?

Which of the preceding explanations for a funeral best matches your your dream experience?

Only you can say for sure. Bear in mind that our higher mind can be a multifaceted thing. Any dream image can signify a wide range of meanings — or symbolize many different realities from our waking life.

Have a different explanation for dreams about a funeral of your own? We'd be thrilled to hear and discuss your own interpretation in the comment section down below.

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