Dream Interpretation: What Does it Mean to Dream About a Cemetery

The Meaning Can Actually Go One of Several Ways….

Dreaming of a cemetery or graveyard (or of anything pertaining to a cemetery such as headstones or graves) can have several meanings.

For some people, cemetery dreams indicate that they either have (or have recently had) a fear of illness or a sense of impending doom – either relating to themselves or someone they love. If serious illness or any form of catastrophe has been kicking around your mind, the subconscious brain may go all in and manifest these thoughts in a cemetery-themed dream.

I guess you could say these types of dreams could be a reminder to pay careful attention to what you think about during the day!

Cemetery dreams can also symbolize the words death, dead, or dying in different… decidedly less fatal… ways. The following thoughts and comments can put the words death, dead, and dying in the subconscious mind:

  • a”dying” relationship
  • a “dead end” job
  • being “dead in the water
  • saying “you’re killing me
  • anything that may have made you say or think, “this is going to be the death of me!
  • a pretty dramatic individual may even say something inside of them is dying.

It only takes a small thought or a single, mindless comment to produce a dream. The subconscious mind hangs on tightly to things it finds particularly interesting, then produces, casts, and directs mini-movies called dreams.  More often than not, the “set location” for these mini movies have as much to do with the dream’s interpretation as the action, itself.

Some older dream dictionaries believed that cemetery dreams indicated  the dreamer’s need for physical, emotional, or spiritual rest.  In the past (as in long, long, long ago) cemeteries were viewed differently than they are today.  We don’t associate peace, rest, and quietness with cemeteries today as much as they did in the past. Part of the reason may be the language used THEN compared to the language used NOW.  A very common phrase regarding cemeteries in the past was “a final resting place.”

People also used to refer to death more as “at rest” or “at peace.”  Therefore, cemeteries and graves were viewed as places of rest and peace. While this may still be true in some parts of the world – it isn’t as prevalent as it once was.

Having said all of that… if you dream of cemeteries or graves and you happen to view death as a “final rest,” you could possibly interpret your dream as your brain telling you that you need a rest.

As with most dreams, your own individual interpretation may be different from the next person’s. You have  to ask yourself:

  • What are my feelings about cemeteries?
  • How did I feel immediately after awaking from this dream?

Your own thoughts and emotions will help direct you to your own personal analysis.

It’s worth noting, too, that if you recently lost a loved one or even heard of someone dying you hardly even knew  – your mind could “process” this information by producing a graveyard or cemetery in your dream.