Dream meaning » burial

Dreams of a burial symbolize that you are putting to rest habits and behaviors that no longer support you. You are coming to completion, and letting something or someone go.

Dreams of being buried alive are venting dreams about the fact that you have not been fully living. This dream is a wake up call to live today as if it were your last.

Who is being buried?

If it is someone close to you then some unconscious, buried resentment towards that person may be expressing itself. Don’t be alarmed by the discovery that your emotions towards the person are ambivalent: emotions often oscillate between opposite poles. Just ask yourself what it is you resent.

If it is something actually in the person, have it out with him or her. But is it something you have projected on to that person – some resentment against life in general, that has perhaps been with you since childhood?

Is it a dream of the actual burial of a real-life person – mother or father, perhaps? If so, you probably need to clear your emotional system of any troublesome feelings attached to that person – guilt, hatred, or whatever. It is all right for the dead to live on inside you; but don’t let them disturb your peace.

If you love the person, there is no problem. If you hate the person, learn to forgive: he or she probably did the best he or she could. If the feeling is guilt, forgive yourself Why expect the impossible?

 Is it you who are being buried in the dream?

This may be a symbolic expression of a fear of being overwhelmed by unconscious forces. If so, the first step should be to get (better) acquainted with any repressed emotions that are threatening to take control of you. This done, the next step would be to establish control over them. But this does not mean simply burying them again.

You may wish to trace the emotions back to their origins, to the experience that first gave rise to them. It may be that an objective appraisal will rob the emotions of their menacing power. Should vou feel unable to cope with the emotions, consult a psychotherapist or an understanding friend.

If it is you who are being buried it may be that the tomb is a womb.
That is to say, the burial may symbolize a mother-attachment that is preventing you from achieving a proper independence and fulfilling your individual ‘destiny’.

The burial may represent a need for a radical reconstruction – a death and resurrection – of the self. All creation involves destruction: in order to shape the clay into the desired form, the potter must first destroy its existing form. The some applies to personal reconstruction: the old self must die – sometimes painfully – if the new self is to be born.

To attend the burial of a relative, if the sun is shining on the procession, is a sign of the good health of relations, and perhaps the happy marriage of some one of them is about to occur.

But if rain and dismal weather prevails, sickness and bad news of the absent will soon come, and depressions in business circles will be felt

A burial where there are sad rites performed, or sorrowing faces, is indicative of adverse surroundings or their speedy approach. (See also: Funeral)

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The Dream Encyclopedia
The Dream Encyclopedia

A dream about attending someone’s burial service may symbolize bidding farewell to old conditions and relationships in the dreamer’s life. 

The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke
The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke

Although dreaming of your own funeral is really unpleasant, the meaning that lies behind this image is positive. It indicates that you must move away from the past and look to the future. In contrast, dreaming of someone else’s burial announces that, probably, a radical change is about to happen in your life.
Something has come to an end and you have to forget about it; or in other words you need to bury it. When it comes to the funeral of a loved one, it shows that you should not cling to your possessions. Dreaming that you are buried alive warns you against a mistake you are about to make; your opponents will use it to harm you.

If you are saved from this situation your efforts will correct the mishap over time.

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett
The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett

Another dream of contrary. You will no doubt have news of a marriage, be invited to a wedding, or hear of a birth. However, if your dream was one of being buried alive, it is telling you to avoid doing anything which you know or suspect to be even marginally unethical.

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