There’s a common misconception that if you die in your dream, you die in real life. That just isn’t the case. If it were, millions of us would have died after having a bad dream. Regardless of this fact, death dreams can be jarring. Metaphorically, death means the end of one thing and the beginning of another. Dreams about death are actually about rebirth. These dreams can occur when you're undergoing an intense transitional phase or are becoming more enlightened. Perhaps a chapter in your life is ending such as your marriage or children leaving home and as much as this can hurt, it doesn't have to be the end. Dreaming of death or dying can be a wakeup call, but it should never frighten you. Like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, it's just the beginning of something brand new.