Grim Reaper Dream: Interpret Meaning

grim reaper dream interpret meaningGrim Reaper Dream: Interpret the Meaning

A Grim Reaper character can appear in dreams to give a stern warning or symbolize something related to death, such as fear of it or flirting with it.

As with all dream symbolism, the meaning depends on the context and how you react. If the sight of the Grim Reaper strikes fear into you, the symbolism is more likely to be related to a fear related to death, mortality, or making a big mistake. But also consider the implications if you aren’t afraid of Grimmy.

For example, a man dreams he’s in a store and takes out the trash. On his way back he sees the Grim Reaper and, unafraid, strikes up a conversation. Grimmy loses the hood and scythe and now appears as a normal man. The dreamer starts making smart-ass remarks, and Grimmy says, “Why do you mock me?” The question makes the dreamer uncomfortable so he tries to go back into the store, but Grimmy grabs his arm and asks more forcefully, “Why do you mock me?” The dreamer doesn’t have an answer. Grimmy laughs sardonically and says, “Go grab some beer so I can cook with it!”

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Grim Reaper is one of more than 750 entries in my dream dictionary.

The clues that reveal the meaning of this dream are in plain sight. A store is connected with making choices. Taking out the trash is connected with throwing something away—in this case, the dreamer’s life. The night before the dream, he went to a bar, had a few drinks and drove home. He didn’t feel too buzzed, but in the back of his mind he knew he was taking a risk. Basically, he mocked death, and that explains his action of mocking the Grim Reaper. The Reaper’s comment about getting more beer to cook with symbolizes the dreamer’s perception about his flippant attitude toward the dangers of drinking and driving. It’s a very dramatic way of making the point, so next time he’s in the same situation he’ll take a cab or something.

See for yourself at The Angel of Death visited my dreams last night.

Death can mean the end of a relationship or time of life, or loss of something important, and the Grim Reaper can embody it in one image. To be symbolized as Grimmy, the end or loss is probably dramatic. Dreams choose symbols carefully to match with the dynamics of a situation and your feelings about it.

The Grim Reaper in a dream can symbolize rejected, repressed or estranged aspects of yourself. They take on strange, distorted, and frightening form in dreams, representing the strained relationship you have with yourself.

Also consider the “grim” part. In the image of the Grim Reaper you could be seeing a pessimistic, gloomy, or morbid side of yourself.

That’s how you interpret the meaning of a Grim Reaper dream.

See also:

Interpret Dream about Afterlife: Meaning of Afterlife Dreams


I'm the author of "Dreams 1-2-3: Remember, Interpret, and Live Your Dreams," and "The Dream Interpretation Dictionary: Symbols, Sign and Meanings." At I'm known as RadOwl. I began studying dreams in the early 1990s and delved into all major schools of thought, especially the writings of Carl Jung.

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19 Responses

  1. I had a dream of the grim reaper and he was after me. In my dream we were inside some kind of ancient building or pyramid but for sure i knew i was in egypt. I was hiding and ran into a room and to hide but the grip reaper punched his knife tool thru the wall and stabbed me right in the heart and then said to me” i will be back in one hour or one day” i dont really remember which one he said. But im so scared what means. Could it mean something really bad

    • RadOwl says:

      It’s easy to misunderstand a dream like that. The Reaper is Death and is Death after you? I don’t think so in the literal sense. Instead, think of death as “a big change or transition in myself and/or my life.” The Reaper being after you can mean you know there’s something that needs to change. Since you hide from the Reaper, it can mean you are resisting that change.

  2. Petar Petkovski says:

    the Grim Reaper chased me and my brother last night in my dream. there was two of them, not one. We were able to be faster than them although they were really swinging and running at us. But when me and my brother were able to somehow finally escape, there was a third Reaper appearing out of nowhere standing still facing us. That was the scariest mf. so me and my brother started running back to the two Reapers( it was the only way) and then kinda evade they’re swinging blades at us and started running again. Again we were faster than them but the dream ended when i realised we’re gonna make it through… Any thoughts of explanation? Please?!

  3. Stephanie Shockley says:

    In mine I dreamed I was visiting my mom at her house and the grim reaper was stalking me, following me. Everywhere I went in the house there he was and I was scared to death. Basically, he was trying to take my soul and send me to the afterlife.

    • RadOwl says:

      Wow Stephanie, I’ve had similar dreams and know how deeply they can impact. First, step back. The basic idea or subject of the dream is probably pretty simple, and I can all but guarantee that Death is not after you. However, ask yourself, are you doing something that’s pushing the limits or inviting trouble? A key detail is you are at your mom’s house when Grimmie stalks you. Is there something about your mom that concerns you, such as her health? Grimmie is fear personified. Thought of another way, your mom might have put a fear into you. “Only good girls go to heaven” or something like that. Or, you two have the same fear of something.

      Where in your body do you feel the fear triggered by the dream? Grimmie is a product of your imagination so you can question it. You can, right now, bring the image to mind and ask “what do you want from me?” Feel safe before you do it; you truly are OK, you just need to face something.

      I want to point you toward two more resources on my website: Afterlife dreams, and how to step back and see what a dream is really saying.

  4. Ashley says:

    I woke up and he was standing at the foot of my bed holding on to my son’s feet..What the heck???

    • RadOwl says:

      The Grim Reaper was? It has to be a hynapompic hallucination. You wake up and still dreaming, and the dream imagery overlays with reality, making it seem real. You might have just been dreaming up some concern you have for your son, then wake up and that concern is amplified.

  5. Daniel Lim says:

    I had many encountering sleep paralysis which all resulted to me lying in my bed opening my eyes and getting up but I was still in it, I never actually left my bed. There was also a very random dream before that. It happened 6 times till the last one where I woke up lying in bed and saw the grim reaper next to me and suddenly moving foward to me then it suddenly dissappear and I woke up for real.

    • RadOwl says:

      The “false awakening” is a fairly common occurrence. Nothing worrisome there. During sleep paralysis your dreaming mind will take what your feeling and turn it into imagery. Grim reaper, shadow people, bad aliens, demons — it’s all reported in sleep paralysis experiences. I suggest that you use the opportunity to affirm that you are not scared of death. And if you are scared of death, perhaps it’s a good time to investigate what’s known about the afterlife. Much evidence has emerged through near death experience and deep meditation that death is not a door that closes, it’s a door that opens.

  6. Catherine torres says:

    Hi! I have dream of grim reaper twice already and always turns me to yelling and so much scared though he is just standing and facing at me.

    • RadOwl says:

      Simplify the image of the Reaper to a statement about what you fear. In the dream, the Reaper is only scary because of its presence, not because of anything it does. That suggests it symbolizes a fear of something that you only need to think about to cause a strong reaction in you.

  7. Didi D. says:

    I woke up from my alarm. I got out of bed. I looked out my bedroom window and he was standing in my back yard looking at me. Not moving. Just watching me. He was huge with a huge black cloak. I could not see a face. I looked away because I was scared. I then felt a hard tug at my chest like he grabbed my soul. Everything went black. I couldn’t see anything. I could only feel myself falling. I then
    opened my eyes and I was laying in bed.
    What could that dream mean? It was 5:30 a.m. I had to get ready for work and was shook up all day.

    • RadOwl says:

      A mysterious figure like the one in your dream can be a dramatic way of saying there’s something about you that you don’t know, a blind spot, or it’s something that’s part of you but you don’t want to know it. Carl Jung calls this part of the psyche “shadow” and everyone has one. The form it takes depends on your relationship with this part of yourself and how much you know about it. Look up “shadow” on this website by using the search box. I wrote a post about it. In the description of shadow, I think you will recognize the figure from your dream.

      • Didi D. says:

        Thank you so much. It was a very intriguing read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I look forward to doing more research on the subject. Carl Jung’s interpretations are fascinating. I’m pleased I stumbled upon your website. I look forward to reading more of your articles Mr. Debord. Your extensive research satisfies my curiosity.

  8. Christie says:

    What if I had a dream about a sexual encounter with the grim reaper?

    • RadOwl says:

      Your comment slipped through my notifications and I just found it. Sex w Grimmie? Well, it’s symbolism. It could reflect some sort of fatalism or fatalistic attitude. Something is inevitable. For example, you think about getting sexually involved with someone and in their back of your mind you say to yourself, “it’ll just end badly like all the other relationships I’ve had that turn sexual.” This is just an example based on what some people experience. Sex w Grimmie could be a way of saying you are still intimately tied to something that’s dead in the figurative sense. For example, keeping your love alive for a relationship that’s over.

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