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Dreams FAQ Pt.1/4: General Information, dream interpretation
Section - 2.4. Can people dream of their own death?

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A. Yes. This has been reported many times. The  reports vary widely in
what actual  experiences are made when  dreaming of dying; there seems
to be  no  common pattern.   Most probably  the prevalent influence is
again  the  thoughts of  the individual about  death.  It   can not be
figured out whether dream-death experiences which match patterns given
in actual  near-death  experiences are  just   based on reading  about
near-death experiences.   Also,  for instances of  talking to deceased
people, God(s)  or other "supernatural"  entities after dreamed death,
it can not  be figured out whether they  are "real"  or just based  on
peoples' religious belief (see  also  the  FAQ  for  alt.atheism).   A
widespread old  wives tale is  that when you  dream of your own death,
you  will  soon die.  Given  the   usual understanding of "soon"  (and
considering section 5.1), experience has proven this false.

A sharp line  has to  be  drawn  between  dreams of death  and  actual
near-death  experiences.   The  latter  occur  in  people  with  blood
circulation  failure just before they actually die, and  sometimes are
reported when medical  art brings  these  people  back  to life.  What
constitutes  the  real source of these experiences is still  not known
for  sure. Dreams of death have no  connection to this, they are  like
all dreams just imagination.


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