It doesn’t take much psychoanalysis to figure out that a dream about someone else’s death can be linked to a period of transition and a serious change in your waking life. You’d be forgiven to worry that it might be heralding a real death but that is actually rarely the case.
Instead, our subconscious mind tends to use dreams of the death of people close to us as metaphors for different things, fears, and emotions. For example, what does a dream about your brother dying to caution? What is its hidden message? Does it mean that you feel aggression toward your brother or that there are some unresolved issues between you?
What does a dream about your brother dying mean?
You’d be surprised to find out that a dream about your brother dying usually doesn’t have anything to do with your relationship with them – you very well could be best friends with your younger or elder brother and still have this uncomfortable dream. So, let’s go over the 10 most likely explanations for why you had this particular dream.
1. You feel the need to let go of the past
A dream about a deceased brother most commonly indicates that there is something in your past you need to let go of. It can be something you know about, something you’re actively getting ready to put behind you, or something you have yet to properly realize. Either way, it’s an aspect of your past that’s been weighing you down like an anchor that you should cut loose.
This can sound negative but it’s important not to associate that negative with your brother. In this case, the image of your brother is simply a symbol of your past – usually of your childhood in your parent’s home – and the death of your brother is just a symbol of letting go, nothing more.
2. You’re ready to enter a period of renewal
Every once in a while, we feel the need for a fresh start or to embark on a journey of self-discovery. What that period is going to look like for you may vary – some people just move out of town, go abroad for some time, change their job, or get a new hobby. Others start doing guided meditations, become more religious, or go live in an ashram for a few years.
Everyone’s journey is different but the need is pretty similar in principle. And a dream of your brother dying is an excellent hint from your subconscious that now is the time for you to embark on such a journey.
3. You may need to end your current romantic relationship
An interesting connection people often miss is that we often also see our significant others in dreams of a relative’s death. People tend to ignore that as it happens as well as to forget it pretty quickly once the dream is over. That’s understandable given that your brother’s death in your dream seems like the thing to focus on.
Yet, if your romantic partner was indeed there, in the dream of your brother’s death, that can be a major symbol that you – at least subconsciously – feel ready to end that relationship.
Such allegories should always be taken with a grain of salt, of course, and we don’t want to push you into ending a good relationship for no reason. But, dreams that include both your partner and someone’s death are worth looking into.
4. You need to move out of your parent’s home
A much simpler and straightforward explanation of a dream about your younger or older brother dying in your dream is that you are ready to leave the nest and start your own family. The explanation here is very clear – your brother is a symbol of your old family unit and his death in your dream is a sign that you need to finally move out.
Is a dream of someone’s death a tad overdramatic for such a simple and innocent message? Yes, but our subconscious mind tends to be a drama queen. Also, note that this dream represents your subconscious feelings which won’t necessarily coincide with your real-life circumstances.
You may have that dream while you’re in your early teens – that doesn’t mean that you should run away from home right now, it just means that your subconscious mind feels ready to move on.
5. You need to get rid of a bad habit
The dream world is full of hints on what you should do with your waking time and lifestyle. Such hints often point toward your putting an end of your old habits, particularly those your subconscious feels are somewhat harmful or ill-advised.
The fact that your subconscious used your brother’s imaginary death as the message that you need to end a particular habit can point you toward the habit in question – it’s usually something related to your childhood with your brother or something you’ve been doing for a long time.
For more precise insight, it’d be great if you can remember a few more details from the dream – what were you doing before your brother’s sudden death, for example? If no such details are available, you may need to do some guesswork to figure out what your subconscious is trying to point you toward exactly.
6. You are starting to mature in life
Very often, the dream messages we receive from our unconscious mind have a much more matter-of-fact nature. In other words, they aren’t so many hints or pushes in a particular direction, they are just observational. In that sense, a dream of our brother’s death is often just a way for our subconscious to tell us that it finds us to be a bit too immature.
This doesn’t mean that we should “deal” with our immaturity. It may very well be that our immaturity is even a good thing and our subconscious is scoffing at us about it because we’ve been taught for decades to not be “immature”. Or, it may indeed be that you’ve done something too out of line – the details are up to you to suss out.
7. You’re not allowing your inner child to express itself properly
If you’re dreaming about your brother’s death, this can mean that your inner child is feeling repressed and it’s crying out to you through your dreams. In this context, the image of your brother is a symbol of your inner child, particularly if you used to play a lot with your brother when you were kids or even if you just associate him with your childhood.
In some dreams, you may see your brother dying as a child or in others – as an adult. In either case, the symbolism here is that you are pushing down and suffocating a part of yourself that needs to be let out on the surface at least every once in a while.
8. Your subconscious is giving you a wake-up call to change your behavior
Dreams are a great source of necessary awareness for things we’d otherwise ignore. For example, if you’ve recently started behaving in an atypical way or you’ve been doing something your inner self would see as “bad”, a dream of a brother or another family member dying can be seen as a warning that you’ve been doing things you shouldn’t.
In most cases, when a dream about your brother dying means that, the dream will also include hints about the action or behavior your subconscious is warning you about.
9. The dream may be a warning about a medical emergency
Most dreams of death can be a warning about your health, if there are hints within the dream that the dead person passed away from a medical emergency.
So, if you dreamt of your brother dying from a heart attack, for example, and you yourself are at risk of heart problems, it may be a good idea to book some medical appointments and consider a personal sacrifice with your diet to ensure a that you have a long and healthy life.
10. You’ve been trying to hide from your obligations
It’s not often that our inner self tries to threaten us but a dream of a brother dying can also be pretty much a threat too, particularly if our subconscious mind thinks we’ve not been doing what we’re supposed to.
Not that our inner self has a way to deliver on its threats, of course, but it’s usually wise to consider its hints when it has noticed that you haven’t been keeping your promises or living up to your obligations.
In conclusion- the dream about the brother dying and its meanings
Of course, there are many other different meanings depending on the specifics of your life and your relationship with your brother. Technically, such a dream about a dead brother can be indicative of your negative or even aggressive feelings toward your brother, however, that neither means that you really want them dead nor is it common.
Besides, if you had such strong negative feelings toward your brother you wouldn’t be wondering what the dream was about. So, in the vast majority of cases, this dream doesn’t indicate anything overtly negative but usually simply hints that you’re ready to discover a new dimension of your otherwise peaceful life such as leaving home, moving to a new country, getting rid of an old habit, and other such scenarios.