Dreaming of a family member in a coffin-Meaning

Dreaming of a family member in a coffin has to be one of the most scariest and traumatizing dreams that a person can have, and yes there is a need to panic if you seemed phased in the dream. Dreams about family members or close relations usually occur with the dreamer feeling a lot of different emotions, joy, hate, sadness, disappointments, and so on.

However dreaming of a family member in a coffin will only result in you feeling scared, hurt, and angry. These are some of the terrible emotions that may come in this dream, except you were already praying for the death of that family member, only then may you seem happy after waking from such a dream. Regardless of what you want in this case, what does dreaming of a family member in a coffin mean?

Dreaming of a family member in a coffin- what it means

Dreaming of a family member in a coffin

Firstly, what do coffins symbolize? To either see a coffin in the dream or one of your family members in that coffin in the dream does not spell anything positive for you. Coffins represent illness, death, decay, loss, and other ugly things regardless of how beautiful they may be, they are only used during a sorrowful period, which is the death of a loved one. Dreaming of a family member in a coffin spells nothing but doom, loss, grief, etc. we have included some of the interpretations below, to help you understand your dream and what next to do.

Irreversible loss

Interpreting dreams is more of an art than science and because I do not have any scientific proof for you, I will be using experience to explain this point to you. In the year 2021, I remember having a series of dreams that didn’t come to pass until the next year, and of these dreams is the one where I saw a family friend in the dream.

In that dream, I noticed that amid a celebration where everyone was present, my best friend’s Dad was laying lifeless in a room, and nobody was doing or saying anything about it. and I came out screaming at them for not taking action, but everyone ignored me. I cried so much in that dream because even though my relationship with his child was a little strained at that point, he had always been like a father to me, and I took him as my family. The emotion I felt in that dream was pain.

Moving on, I had to call my mum and now ex-boyfriend to inform them about this dream and what I could do about it, and my mum being spiritually minded had nothing much to say to me that day, all she said was,” at this point, there is nothing that can be done about it, but I am still going to pray”. In January 2022, just between the new year festivities, My mum got a call from my friend, saying she lost her dad that morning, it was an awful experience, and Yes I saw it coming, but could not do anything about it because he was already dead in the dream, and was already laying in a coffin.

You might want to keep a positive mindset and believe that this is not the case for you, well, I hope so too especially if that family member is already dead because in this context dreaming of a family member in a coffin symbolizes an irreversible loss, something you can’t help and can’t do anything about, and God is only trying to prepare you for what is to come.

However, this impending loss may have nothing to do with your family member or close relationship. it could be that you are about to lose something of dire importance to you, it could be your business, partner, relationship, or contract, because of your negligence toward it, and yes, there is nothing you can possibly do about it but to pray to God for a better opportunity or replacement.


Whenever we see ourselves losing a family member in the dream, or just seeing a family member in the dream taking some funny actions like leaving, or being ill, it suggests that you may soon be experiencing some form of instability in our life. The family is the basic unit that makes up the family, and also the major point of development of an individual.

So, dreaming about a family member in a coffin suggests that a major player in the stability of your life will soon be missing and will not be there to see you through. This may not have anything to do with death, it could be that you may soon be struggling with your finances, or having problems in your marriage that will shake you up and put your life balance in disarray.

However, weeping may just endure for a night as Joy will come in the morning again. The meaning of your dream should not make you scared as this is not the end of the world, you can still rise again beyond every form of challenge that the enemy may want to throw at you, and you will overcome and smile again at the end.

Letting Go

To dream of a family member in a coffin, or a person you know in a coffin sometimes could indicate that you are coming to terms with your feelings or the departure of that person. This is in a case where the family member you are dreaming about had maybe died a while ago, seeing them again in a coffin could mean that yes you are ready to let go of that feeling of loss and also accept your grief because that person is already gone.

If the person you are dreaming of in the coffin is still alive, it may mean that you are ready to move on with your life with or without that person in it. You are coming to terms with the death of that relationship although, your love for that person didn’t die, you are simply letting go.


In a case where you see a dead family member in a coffin in the dream coming back to life, this may mean a different thing. In this scenario, the coffin could be representing your body and the family member you see may be the representation of God the father or the holy spirit, and if the person came back to life, then it means that a new you is emerging because the spirit of God is awakened in you. Now you are aware of the things of the spirit because the holy spirit now lives in you, and you are a new creature.

Dreaming of a family member in a coffin that rises back to life could also mean that before now, something was dying or was dead in your life, and this thing has been a cause of sadness, stagnation, and so on, but now that dead thing that the enemy wanted to keep dead is coming back to life and there is nothing the enemy can ever do about it because you have God on your side.

Danger/ Bad vibes

Dreaming of a family member in a coffin could also suggest that someone around you is in danger. it may not be a danger of death or something everlasting, but still, something is coming, and your dream is a warning for you to go and prepare your house for it. if you know anyone in the family, or close to you that is sick, do whatever you can to get them to the hospital, because you might just be saving a life.

In a case where you are working on an important project at work, its time to be very careful of your money choices, and also decisions in general, because your subconscious is not at peace with how things are going there, and you may not necessarily like the consequences of your rash decisions.  Seeing coffins in real life represents sorrowful occasions, so dreaming of a family member in a coffin may suggest that someone is dragging you to positions that may seem pretty uncomfortable, and they are bringing a lot of bad vibes and bad energy to your life.

this means that there are certain groups of people that you need to stay away from so that your creativity and intellect remain alive, and also you remain a happy person. Say no to bad vibes.


Dreaming of a family member in a coffin could be the last straw to you becoming more depressed than you were before the dream. But yes, this is how life works, Death is natural and sometimes, there is nothing we can do about it, aside from preparing our minds and house for the loss that is to come because it will come. Whatever happens, remember that it is not the end of your life neither is it the end of the world, and things will only get better. Good luck!

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