The famous English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge posed this question:
What if you slept, and what if in your sleep you dreamed, and what if in your dream you went to heaven and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower, and what if when you awoke you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then?
We have all awakened from a particularly vivid dream with the gauzy sensation that it was real, that the experience was something that actually happened, and then—floating slowly up from the compelling world of dream into the facts of ordinary everyday reality—we wondered what it all meant.
Unfortunately, too many of us forget our dreams immediately upon awakening, if we have remembered them even for a moment. There’s just always so much to do when morning arrives and we wake up to a new day. In the bustle of our daytime activities, we fail to pay attention to that wonderful, mysterious world of meaning that is revealed to us in our dreams. And this is a great loss.
“An not interpreting dream is like an unopened letter from God.” (Talmud)
When interpreting dreams, the first thing everyone should consider is the typical universal meaning of the symbol / dream image. For instance, death symbolizes the end of something that's ready for change, and a new beginning. Most people start out highly resistive to changes of any sort, and see any upcoming change in their life as something foreboding and scary. Death dreams are usually about change.