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What do Dreams About People Dying in Water Mean?

By: Libby Pelham BA - Updated: 20 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
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Q.The last two nights I have had dreams of people dying in water.

In the first, my 6-year-old daughter's lifeless body was pulled out of our home pool.

The second dream was of me in the beach and noticing sharks, I was able to get out of the water unharmed, but a swimmer wasn't so lucky. In my dream I saw the person devoured by the sharks.

I have been trying to research what this all means, but as a novice I am having a lot of trouble. Could you please help?
(Dr Manuel Ferrer, 12 September 2008)

A.

The first dream, of your daughter dying, is actually quite common, so there is no need to be alarmed. Many parents fear that dreams such as this are a bad omen of a future event, but it actually means something quite different. At age 6, you have probably started to notice your daughter changing and becoming more independent than ever before. She has started school, is learning new things, and becoming more interested in her friends than her parents. The fact that you dreamt you saw her dead means that your mother/daughter role is growing and changing, yet you miss your baby. Many times when the children are little, we think they will never grow up, yet once they do and begin to not need us as much, we miss being that sole caregiver. Examine your relationship with your daughter and see if there have been any changes in her life, like wanting to stay over night at a friends house or her not talking to you as much as she used to because she is too busy with something else. If you examine your life closely, you will probably see areas where there is change and the dream of death just signifies the figurative death of a stage in her life rather than her literal death.

The dream about the sharks eating someone else shows signs of stress in your life, but not necessarily with you. But, let’s start with your life first. Are you employed and is there a lot of pressure being put upon you for some reason? Are you feeling overwhelmed by all that you have to do each day? Is your relationship rocky and you feel as if you are just barely hanging on? You were able to swim away from the shark in your dream, but the “shark” could be a situation that is something you must deal with constantly and you may feel like you just barely escape its grasp on a daily basis.

If you cannot think of a personal situation worrying you, can you think of another person in your life going through trying times? Is your husband having difficulty at work? Is your best friend going through a divorce? Even if you didn’t physically recognize the other swimmer in your dream, it can still be someone close to you that is going through a difficult phase of life. Look at your close relationships and think about the situations those people are going through, then ask yourself if you are really more concerned about them than you are aware of during waking hours.

Remember that our dreams are the key to our subconscious. Our mind is free to explore all situations of our life when dreaming and when we have different or disturbing dreams, it is because our subconscious is telling us there is a problem. Once you resolve those issues during waking hours, you will probably find the troubling dreams subsiding or disappearing completely.

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