What Do Dreams about Dead People Mean?

dreams dead relativesMystics claim that the world of our dreams can be a connection to other worlds, inaccessible to our waking consciousness, so it is not a coincidence that since ancient times it was believed that dreams of died people are an important sign that must not be ignored. The dead come to our dreams with a message, advice or warning that should be understood in order to avoid unnecessary troubles and keep ourselves from making mistakes.

Psychologists believe that dreams about relatives or friends who have passed away are just a manifestation of depression or feelings of guilt towards them. However, let’s take a closer look at the mystical point of view and try to understand what messages can be carried by people who are now alive only in our memories and can talk to us only through our dreams.

Modern dream books often do not pay enough attention to many important nuances: what the dead people look like in our dreams – dead in the grave, alive and happy, or they come to life right before our eyes, or maybe we just do not remember in our dream that this person has passed away long ago.

Interpretations of dreams about deceased people

It is commonly assumed that the dream of a dead person (talking to him, listening to his advice, and doing what he tells) is a sign of unexpected news or changes in life. Christian dream interpretation books sometimes explain that we have such kind of dreams when the soul of our deceased relative or friend has not found peace yet, and advise to hold additional ceremonies at the funeral and repose of the deceased (for example, if in the dream the deceased asks for water).

Pagan interpretations of dreams that have come down to us recommend to implicitly obey everything that the dead person asks for, in order to avoid the anger of the gods. And while dreaming dead people may be scary, sometimes it can be a good omen. In case if in your dream a dead person comes back to life, it may mean that something lost will soon return (money, a thing, or even social status).

An English dream book interprets the dream of dead people as a sign of good events in the family, such as a wedding or the birth of a child or anything happy and prosperous. Another dream book says that seeing a dead relative in a dream before the wedding is a warning against the union. This dream indicates the unhappy marriage and warns that the children born in it will be sick and weak.

What about dreams of a deceased relative?

At this point there is no definitive interpretation, and you should always take into account many confounding factors. But most interpretations concerning dead relatives (especially parents) appearing in a dream indicate a warning of trouble. Sometimes the dreams in which a sleeping person communicates with his deceased parents, help find inner peace, confidence, and even affect the success in business and the well-being of the family.

It is also believed that it is impossible to influence the dreams in which we see our dead loved ones. Even if you manage to do it, it is absolutely useless, since it is not us who call them in, it is them who decide to come to us.

For further information, check my recent article about dreams of the deceased

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Anna is the founder and lead editor of the website Learning-mind.com. She is passionate about learning new things and reflecting on thought-provoking ideas. She writes about science, psychology and other related topics. She is particularly interested in topics regarding introversion, consciousness and subconscious, perception, human mind's potential, as well as the nature of reality and the universe.

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  1. Jane February 27, 2017 at 8:33 am - Reply

    I always dreaming about my step mother who had passed away 8-years ago until now. We are so close, happy each other and just she is still alive. Last night, i had nightmare with her and doing washing of clothes. What does it mean? Kindly help. Thanks a lot.

  2. Vicky February 28, 2017 at 3:45 am - Reply

    My mom passed away in November and I dream about her.. But in the dreams she’s very sad what does that mean?

  3. Erica March 2, 2017 at 4:20 am - Reply

    I was molested by my mother’s cousin when I was a child, he passed away a few years ago. He has been appearing in my dream always trying to harm me. I’m always fighting with him in his house. In the end, I always escape from him. What does this mean?

    • walid mahmud May 26, 2017 at 12:19 am - Reply

      May be he is suffering for the curse you threw on him or he is angry bcz you lured him to do that sin and he is being punished!
      Other means he the first man who introduce you with sex related sin and you still keep doing illegal sex and he is getting a fraction of your sin as a first introducer of sex related sin to you!
      So forgive him and avoid sin

  4. Een March 16, 2017 at 8:01 am - Reply

    My mom died in april last year,and she is always coming to my dreams every single day,and what worries me is,she is not talking to me and sometimes shes busy cleaning the house and still not talking to me

    • Gregory Vigue March 28, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

      This has happened to me. My mom, who is deceased, appears almost nightly in my dreams and she is cleaning or organizing, but not talking to me or interacting with me. It’s like she’s watching over me in my dreams. I think somehow she misses me–as much as a person or spirit in another realm can miss a person–and wants some connection to me. At least that’s how I choose to see it.

  5. Godfred Kofi Gakpe March 21, 2017 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    My friend talking to me in dream means went

  6. dylan .j. gaedner March 31, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    my step-dad is dead ut in my dreams he is alive with a different body yet same voice and some weird abilities can someone let me know what it means?

  7. Brina April 8, 2017 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    My mother had been dead alost 12 years now and at least twice a month I’ll have a dream about her. In the dream she is being so mean to me and treating me like she hates me. She looks at me with disgust. Before she past and growing up I use to feel like she didn’t really like me or she hated me over the years. She just treated me like cap sometimes. After i grew up and as she got sicker and sicker I was the child that was most there for her. So now when she comes in my dreams it’s like I’m living through that feeling of her treating me bad all over again. I need answers of what it means.

    • walid mahmud May 25, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      I feel sorry for your mother
      BT don’t take it lightly
      Without extreme sadness or happiness they don’t appears!
      Cze to contact with us they need permission which is rear!
      They are not allowed to reveals any thing directly to us cze we are still in exam mode in this earth until we die!
      Our main exam is if we really obey god or not without seeing him!
      In your mother case she is may be in trouble for your sin or disobedience to god or you are not taking care of her others child or beloved one!
      Or you not giving rights to her child or not giving alms to poor for her relief!
      You know well

  8. Debbie April 10, 2017 at 4:21 am - Reply

    A man I had a very wonderful and up and down relationship with passed away almost 20 years ago and he has been showing up in my dreams . not just for a few moments but the dreams have been so vivid and have even picked up where they left off when I have woken up and then gone back to sleep . He was a very special man in my life I loved him so much . But I was so damaged back in those days that I caused the relationship to implode . He has visited me more than any other person I have lost . I just wonder why . The dreams are full of love and funny . His death rocked my world . Any idea why he visits so much ? I dont mind and I treasure these dreams ..

  9. Cortney April 11, 2017 at 6:21 am - Reply

    A friend of mine who passed away 10+ years ago, came to me in a dream last night. This is the first time we have actually spoken in my dream. She told me that she is going to try and come back. I asked is it easy, she said people do it all the time. But she might come back as a human or an alien. I asked her not to be a scary alien. I have never had a dream where my lips and the person lips who is talking to me have moved. What do you think this might mean?

  10. Shirleyann mchardy April 18, 2017 at 2:38 am - Reply

    In my dream i saw a girl who said she was my niece but i didn’t know her can u please tell me what this could mean

  11. Joann Varela April 18, 2017 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    My father has four years that he passed away,I dream that he was in the hospital and my niece came out to tell me that he was not going to make it here was very sick.what does that mean

  12. marilyn April 22, 2017 at 4:40 am - Reply

    My mother died last January this year…a month after she dies I dreamt her…I saw her with 4 people with her then I ask myself why she is here since I know that she’s dead..she lay down then I started kissing her and saying I love you mama with no response…I suddenly woke up and back to sleep again, my dream continues as I prepare to cook a rice I saw her face in the rice I immediately took her face in the rice using the big spoon.. 4 person from nowhere immediately appear trying to stole the face of my mother from me then I hide it in my pocket an ran as fast as I could until I saw a door and I opened it it was a wide and clean peaceful area inside with no corners then the 4 person was in the ground trying to reach me and want to get the face of mom from me…l need an answer of what is this mean

  13. Pankaj Mohan April 22, 2017 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Saw a ghost in my dream this evening, and experienced some really annoying hot sparks (some kind of energy transfer around me), as if I was about to fall severely ill. On waking up, though, I found myself to be absolutely normal. Then I came to this website searching for its overall meaning, only to find it’s comments being amassed with similar other experiences. I’ve been dreaming very heavily since the last few months, which also interestingly coincides with an improved overall health, after having faced a lean patch since 2011. I even dreamt about snakes a couple of nights ago. Think it was time, I started meditating regularly again, which I’ve stopped in the recent few years after having gone through some mesmerizing experiences over a decade ago. Will come back and record my experiences in this section again, if I ever happened to get insight about these stunning, frightening and amazing dreams about ghosts and the dead people around 🙂

  14. sandy May 8, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    I have had 2 different dreams about friends who have died in auto accidents they come to me all distort asking me what happened to them? I have to tell them that they were in a accident and that they died . and they begin to cry more like weep and say over and over again I dont want to be dead!!!!!! What do you make of this??

  15. Anaya May 11, 2017 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I have dreams of a friend that i miss so very much he talks too me in my dream and its like i almost can really touch him and hug him so tight

  16. Ron May 14, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    I NEED HELP HERE, WHAT DO IT MEAN, I had a weird dream last night, I was at my grandfathers old house with the whole family then they left for about 5 minutes and came in with my grandfathers casket with him inside, my aunt put a needle in him and he’s eyes opened up and he looked around and got up, he was talking to everyone and he came over to me and he didn’t know me.

  17. Veerendra Kumar May 20, 2017 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    I dreamed my father who is died last couple of weeks due to heart failure. He came in my dream one day and ask about me and talk about himself he weared a white dress after chat he gone and no need to nothing allthing will right. What does it means.. Please conclusion the dream.

  18. Hamuza May 24, 2017 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    I dream a bout my father who died November 2016. in his last stay in world but with a happy smile face.
    what those it mean.

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