Dreams of the Deceased: a Message from the ‘Other Side’ or a Trick of the Subconscious Mind?

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What do the dreams of the deceased mean? Are they actually messages from the spirit world or just a product of our subconsciousness?

Two years ago, something terrible happened in our family – my grandfather had a stroke. He fell into a coma and eventually died two days later. This profoundly shocked all of us not only because grandpa was deeply loved and respected by everybody who had the luck to know him but also because we couldn’t imagine that he would go so early and so suddenly.

Shortly after this tragic event, I started to have weird dreams. I was seeing myself visiting my grandpa at his home and feeling quite confused – I was simultaneously glad that he was there again and puzzled trying to understand how it was possible. In my dreams, he never said a word and replied to my questions about him being there with an enigmatic smile.

My view of what happens after death

These dreams were so regular that I began to wonder whether this might be my grandpa’s soul trying to communicate. If I was a religious person, I would certainly believe that it was so. But I don’t really agree with the views on soul and afterlife as promoted by most of the world religions. I tend to think that human consciousness – everything that makes us who we are, including our thoughts, memories and beliefs – is a kind of energy that leaves the body at the moment of death and gets dispersed in the surrounding environment. This basically means that a person’s energy can exist literally everywhere for some time after death and eventually finds itself becoming part of another, newborn creature.

You may think that this sounds quite similar to the known theory of reincarnation; however, the difference is that, in my opinion, it’s not the same soul that makes its journey through ages, traveling from one body to another, but rather a composition of different people’s energies that carries the experiences of multiple lives and individuals. Moreover, I believe that it’s not only human energy that makes up each person’s consciousness but that all living beings on our planet participate in this eternal cycle of energy exchange. That’s why after death, a person’s soul returns to its starting point and becomes part of the environment again in order to reborn in a new body, saturated by the energies of the Mother Earth and other living creatures.

But let’s go back to the dreams of the deceased.

I wondered whether my grandfather was trying to send me a message or at least to say that he was fine and happy wherever he was. I supposed that shortly after death, a soul might be in an intermediate state, unable to have the same strong bond with its body and the material world as before but capable of interacting with the living ones. Those who happen to have lost someone will agree that it’s much more comforting to think that your dear one continues to exist somewhere else, far from here, than to think that they have gone forever.

Analysis of the dreams of the deceased

However, after some time, when I began to get used to the fact of my grandpa’s death, I got a chance to look at those dreams in a more rational way. I realized that there was the same pattern in all of them – my grandpa being silent and me having confused feelings. Yes, unfortunately, it was purely the work of the subconscious mind and had nothing to do with the afterlife. During the last years of my grandfather’s life, I didn’t visit him often and thus found it even more difficult to accept his death than those who were next to him till his last minute. I refused to believe that the next time I would visit my grandparents’ home, my grandpa wouldn’t be there, and my subconscious mind was trying to show me this confrontation between my expectations (grandfather being there) and the reality (my confusion).

So, if you have recurring dreams of the deceased too, first of all, analyze the content of your dreams and try to find similar patterns in events, surroundings and your feelings. I know that the idea that your deceased friend or family member is trying to communicate with you may be exciting, but in most cases, it’s the work of your subconscious and not a message from the other side. It is always hard to accept a less attractive truth, especially in the beginning when the pain of loss is still intense, but it’s necessary to let go of the past and find the courage to go on.

If you have had a similar experience, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. Anitha November 25, 2017 at 4:24 am - Reply

    Hi I dreamt of my son who committed suicide 7 years ago, we at s home with his dad sisters, I see my son arrive, I call out to him, he’s ecstatic at seeing me, hugs me, he then has some flower petals, say its for the funeral of the guy he works for, as he turns to go, one side of his face is injured, I ask and he tells me he got hurt st work, but I Dnt believe him. He’s busy working with wood, then some how I see my late mum, she does not say much, but asks me to get flowers for my son,’s boss for the funeral, I see my sister in laws acting indifferently towards me, I’m hurt at their behaviour, they are eating potato savouries, offer everyone else but me. I’m hurt, but leave to go get the flowers, I ask an ex landlady of my parents if I can break flowers from her garden, she agrees asks who passed away, I lie to her and tell her my parents best friends husband. I feel ashamed it !y dream for lying. I start braking the flowers, pretty pale colors, then the white one I break only petals, I get the flowers and take them to give to the family of my son’s boss, I had it to a young white boys. I get back home and see my husbands sisters talking behind my back, I feel deep pain as I loved them as sisters in now in reality. My sleep breaks.

    • Sky December 5, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing.

  2. Aaron December 8, 2017 at 3:03 am - Reply

    11 years after my grandfather who I was with every day and loved to death died. I was 17 at the time anyways I wasn’t happy about it i wasn’t ready for him to go as he fell ill very quick. Bothered me a lot for a few years until the dreams started. I’m not religious and don’t believe in life after desth. After the first dream like you said I was very very confused. In the dream I know he’s there but I can’t see him and I always ask him what are you doing back here but I get no reply. as if I know he’s not supposed to be in my dream. But when I wake up I always feel very happy for days just thinking about him. Had one last week.bored in bed came across this happy dreams everyone. Ps and out of all the people I know who have died it’s only him I dream of.

  3. Denise December 11, 2017 at 11:50 am - Reply

    I often dream of my first husband. I had not seen my first husband in twenty years before he passed away. Yet I dream about him at least once a week. He’s walking away and I’m chasing him saying wait don’t go I love you. He stops and says I loved you for always. And the I wake up.

    • Ali January 5, 2018 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      My dad, who committed sucicide about 5 or 6 years ago just visited me in my dream. Every once in a while he does. Some people say it might be sad to see him but in reality it’s the best feeling you can encounter. To this day I still cry about him and, in fact, I’m crying right now. I can not tell you the pain I felt when he died, I have two sisters and my mom was devastated. A lot of people think suicide is a selfish act but when it actually happens to you, you know it was not at all that. One time I saw him in my dream and and I thought he was still alive but then I looked at my step dad. I want to know how to visit him more and I still feel that I can keep a connection with him even if he is deceased. I hope I never have to experience that pain again, especially at age 5.

  4. Jeani January 13, 2018 at 2:21 am - Reply

    I’m scared really scared the same dream of my mother who passed 2003. I’m always driving and the the road become really narrow and we are going to fall off into a cliff or something the road is now big rocks. I can’t take it it’s occuring almost every night or it a bridge over water but it always the same in a way. Like I said I’m scared

  5. Teri January 13, 2018 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    My husband passed away 4/2/12. Now I’m getting dreams that he’s alive and our life is “back”. We talk, interact, everything as usual – but only within our walls. The outside world in never in play but within the dreams I realize & know that in the outside arena – he is still dead & gone to everyone else. So I’m confused. In my last dream I tried to discuss this with him. About him being alive again but only with our world that know one else knows or would understand. The dreams are never scary, always enjoyable but a sad retminder of his death upon waking.

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