Category Archives: Death & Dying & Illness Dreams


Yesterday was daylight saving time, and I was tired today. I fell asleep this afternoon and slept long enough to go into REM sleep, and you know what that means. I dreamed.

I dreamed that I visited my doctor, and he was very concerned that my heart wasn’t working right, and that my feet were so cold. He said my heart couldn’t decide what to do: to pump the blood to my head or my feet. I asked if there was anything he could do. He did not look hopeful, but said there may be one thing. He then called to his nurse and asked, “How long has (name of a drug) been on the market. She yelled back, “Three months.” He said he had to prepare it, and that I should return in three hours. I left, went shopping, went home and told my son, who was visiting. By then, I realized that over three hours had passed. I asked my son to take me to the doctor’s office. We got in the car and started the short trip. I was distraught, afraid that we wouldn’t get there before his office closed. My son didn’t seem concerned. I woke.


Oh, Hill

Last week, I had the most horrible dream about Hillary Clinton. It was very short, but extremely distressing. I was at an event. I was seated on the front row, and she was one seat over, flanked on both sides by… I don’t know… friends? secret service? Not sure, but when she tried to stand, they had to help her. She could not stand on her own. She looked depleted, exhausted and ill. She had that blank look in the eyes that people have when their life force is draining out of them. I was so sad.

Interpretation: Dreaming of a politician

To dream of a politician, denotes displeasing companionships, and incidences where you will lose time and means. Source: Dream Interpretation

On this one, I found no interpretation of dreaming about a politician that had any relevance to my waking life. The interpretation above is the closest because daylight saving time began today, so I did lose time, literally. But I don’t think that’s the spirit of this interpretation.

Interpretation: Illness

Illness is an unfavorable symbol for you. Unfortunately, it is not the case when some dream has an opposite meaning in reality. Instead, it gives you a signal to check your state of health and take corresponding measures in time.

If you or someone else is ill in your dream, such a dream is a warning for you. It cautions you against some oncoming danger in the future. Source: Globe-Views

This is the second illness dream I’ve had recently. In my last illness dream, I dreamed I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Understandably, I’m not thrilled with this interpretation.

Breast Cancer Dream

A couple of nights ago, I dreamed I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and felt pretty sure that I was going to die. In the midst of the dream, I remember thinking objectively how ironic it would be if breast cancer turned out to be the thing to kill me instead of something heart-related. I woke remembering the mammogram reminders that had arrived on two separate occasions in my mailbox last month. I’d thought, oh, yes, it’s that time, and promptly tossed them in the trashcan in the computer room. My conscious mind may have forgotten, but my subconscious mind is on the ball. I guess it’s time to make an appointment.

When I searched the meaning of “breast cancer dreams,” to my surprise, I found that women have had breast cancer warning dreams.  They actually had warning dreams prior to diagnosis, and some women even revealed the exact location, and were then diagnosed. There are rare reports of breast cancer warning dreams in dream literature and even fewer in medical literature. So let’s not get crazy here, but still a little eerie.

There was a survey. Well, you knew there had to be.

The five most common characteristics of warning dreams in descending order of frequency reported in the survey were: a sense of conviction about the importance in 94%; the dreams were more vivid, real or intense than ordinary in 83%; an emotional sense of threat, menace or dread in 72%; the use of the specific words breast cancer/tumor in 44%; and the sense of physical contact with the breast in 39%.
Warning dreams of breast cancer were often reported to be life changing experiences that prompted medical attention leading directly to diagnosis. Further research needs to be done to determine the frequency of such dreams in women without known breast cancer in order to assess the predictive value of a warning dream. Source: Pub Med

Interpretation: dying

To dream of your own death indicates a transitional phase in your life. You are becoming more enlightened or spiritual. Alternatively, you are trying desperately to escape the demands of your daily life. Source: Dream Moods

That first sentence about becoming more “enlightened or spiritual” is more applicable to my life than the second. I’m not trying desperately to escape my life.

As for the “warning dream” interpretation: I did not have a strong  sense of dread, threat, or menace. So I’m not of the mindset that this was a warning dream… at all.

To answer your question: yes, I made my mammogram appointment.

Strangers and Death

Night before last, I had a dream. I was in my father’s house after he died. About a dozen people – strangers – showed up from some nameless organization that made monthly visits to make sure I was caring properly for my father, and that the house was clean. One woman wiped her hand across the paneling and gazed disgustedly at her palm. Angrily, I told her that my father had died, and they had no right to be there, and no right to judge me. Another woman said, “Too bad he put the house in his son’s name all those years ago. It would be in foreclosure by now, and I could get a good deal on this waterfront property.” That’s when I shouted, “Shut your mouth, or I’ll throw you out.” Then I heard my husband’s calm-talking-to-a-child voice saying, “Where ya going?” I was sitting up in bed, getting ready to throw her butt out. That’s what I was doing, but H stopped me. Lucky for her.

Dream Interpretation: Strangers

Strangers in your dreams may represent aspects of yourself that you have not yet recognized, or you are denying or repressing.
They may be people that you met in passing during the day but didn’t notice because they were not significant or important enough at the time.
They may be guides that have come to help you.
Strangers may also represent someone that acts strangely or something that is strange to you. Source: DreamCloud

Dream Interpretation: Death

According to Jeffrey Sumber, M.A., M.T.S., L.C.P.C., a psychotherapist and author in Chicagor, dreams about death often indicate “the symbolic ending of something, whether that’s a phase, a job or a relationship.” He suggests that a dream about death can also indicate attempts to resolve anxiety or anger directed toward the self. 

He continues…
“Like all dreams, death-related dreaming is an opportunity for introspection and growth.” A person can ask herself if she is anxious about something or angry at herself or someone else. “I can potentially learn that part of me is not at peace with the notion of my own death or the ending of something big in my life,” says Sumber. “I have the opportunity to look within, take stock of myself and make adjustments as needed.” Source: The Huffington Post
This dream interpretation is part of a Huffington Post series about dream interpretation. 

So what is this all about? A dozen people judging me, and finding me lacking. Ouch! Couldn’t be me judging myself and finding myself lacking, could it? Hmmm

Winged Creatures

Remember those old galvanized tubs that were more like a large bucket? They were big enough to fill with water and let a toddler splash away to his heart’s content. Last night, I dreamed that two of the most beautiful creatures were swimming around in one. They looked like tiny humans. Their naked bodies were perfectly formed, and their iridescent wings glistened with lustrous colors of  turquoise and shimmering gold. Kicking their feet, entwined in each other arms, they swam around the perimeter of the galvanized tub. I was enchanted. It was pure pleasure to watch them.

Then a boy from my old neighborhood (1984 – 2002) – I apparently was living there again – appeared. I showed him the tiny creatures, and then, for some reason, I had to leave. When I returned, the creatures had been removed from the tub, and they were dead. I was bereft.

Dream Interpretation:

When someone appears nude in a dream, it means that a certain aspect or emotion of the dreamer is being expressed openly and without limitation, even to the point that the dreamer feels exposed or vulnerable.
Source: The Mind Unleashed
To dream of other people being naked may represent “seeing the naked truth of a situation.” All weaknesses are out in the open.
Source: Dream Bible
To dream of wings represents feelings of new-found freedom. Success without limitations. Freedom to do something you want to do all the time. Feeling that nothing is holding you back. Alternatively, wings may reflect transcendence or your attempt to escape from a difficult situation. The ability to rise above and heal.
Source: Dream Bible
In the language of the mind, death usually represents the shift from one state of being to another. Although many may perceive death in a dream as frightening or negative, it usually correlates to a dramatic change or transition that is happening in the dreamer’s life.
Source: The Mind Unleashed

This is the second dream I’ve had recently that was interpreted as representing a “shift from one state of being to another,” or a desire to transcend to another state or perhaps a greater understanding of myself or something in my life? To overcome? To heal?

Asparagus, Illness and Nudity

Originally Written: October 27, 2015

I’ve dreamed about a girlfriend for three nights in a row. Last night, we were celebrating her birthday. Every course was asparagus.

Night before last, I had the worst dream. She was dying of a horrible disease. Her skin was breaking and tearing, and we were told that she would eventually bleed to death.

The first dream was the weirdest, yes, weirder than an all-asparagus menu, but at least she was not in pain. I dreamed that she had moved into an adorable, little house. It was two stories: two small bedrooms upstairs and only a tiny living room, dining room and kitchen downstairs. She was having a party. All of our friends were there. She had a red wagon that she pulled behind her everywhere she went, and she was completely naked. She was plump-ish, but very cute. I was appalled that she was naked, but no one else seemed to care. She eventually went upstairs to get dressed, I assumed. When she came down again, she was only wearing pants, no top. Still, no one was bothered by this except me.