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 LeMind

Anna is the owner 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 technology, 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.
Anna LeMind

About Anna LeMind

Anna is the owner 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 technology, 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. My dad who passed away almost three years ago, said “I’ll see you soon.” he does this in every dream and scares me so bad.

    • Interesting….I recently dreamt of my aunt and uncle. My uncle passed 2 years ago and my aunt passed 3 months ago.
      I wasn’t particularly close to either one of them so when they appeared in my dream I was both confused and excited. My uncle passed from cancer and my aunt from Alzheimer’s I want to say, but am not really sure. In my dream however they were both HAPPY.
      We were at a Relay for Life event and waiting for the closing ceremonies when my uncle took a seat. My aunt came up and had no where to sit when my uncle told her to sit on his lap. They were both smiling and happy.
      I’ve also had dreams of both my parents, my dad usually talks to me but mom has only done so once or twice. Mom’s been gone almost 19 years and dad 13. Yet both are always smiling. I’ve also dreamt of ex boyfriends who have passed. In one Johnny is playing baseball and is probably about 13 years old smiling like he always did.
      In the other George is still my standby boyfriend and happy when ever I call him. Both are still young.
      Someone please tell me what all these drwams mean and that I’m not CRAZY

  2. In my opinion, God has allowed me to see my parents, many times. I’ve been Blessed to see my mom & sister along with other relatives who have passed. We have hugged and I asked questions, why. It was through thought-processes and not actually speaking. Four relatives came to me in my dreams. It was beautiful to see them again. My dreams are very vivid and in color. I keep a “dream book”, next to my night stand to record everything before I forget the events. Its a wonderful thing to analyze and see them again. Thanks for your interpretation of what it may be as well.

  3. I’ve had dreams of my loved ones, most were so silly.Sometimes they don’t act like they did when they were alive,& that’s odd.what’s strange is when a dream feels real & makes me feel weird for 1 or 2 days…hard to shake off.

    • I dreamt of my mother just the other night she told me I was dying I didn’t understand way she ment but I was told they come to us for a reason

  4. Last night I had this dream even when not thinking about my decease Mother and stp-father..i dreamed that we part of the family was in a gathering and all of a sudden my mom n stpdad appear,and in a moment my stpdad had tooken my mom to the store n when he got back he was by himself,And we ask where was our mom n he answered “she got away from me” n we did not believe him,we TLD him that he did something to her,cuz of my mom dementia, He said no he didn’t do anything to her, that she walked away n he was unable to find her..And I was the one taking liberty to go n find our mother, but the thing was I nvr did.. So I came back n i TLD my stpdad if he done anything to her I was going to kill him..and where that I would see my stpdad I juz wanted to hit him,when he tried to hug me,I pull away.. So I figure what does it mean when a person dreams about two dead ppl??

  5. So strange less than 10days ago my step mother passed. We didnt get along really, and had not spoke for years before she died. Earlier tonight I drifted of into a very vivid dream. I dreamt there was a knock at the door of the house where i live now! (My house where my step mother has never been too!) and although i never answered the door i was intending too, when one of my step sisters walked in but she was kind of a blur i just knew/felt it was her. and straight after her i saw clearly and vivid as day! my stepmother follow her in. Which was a total suprise! in the dream i confronted her and asked “what are you doing here? Your dead”.. to which she replyed “no i am not i am here” i wasnt really afraid in the dream but felt aware and a sence of that this it? Whatever was going onwasnt real.. so i asked again “how is this? When you are dead!” to which she replyed again, “i am not it was a trick” i told her again no you have passed you shouldnt be here..suddenly i awoke and grabbed my fone it was exactly 12am Strange! So settling down again to go to sleep i was just thinking 2 myself did you come 2 say good by? and then all of a sudden my laptop instantly turned its self on when the lid was closed! It flashed and began playing sound it said “I think it is definitely a demonic presence what we have here????” Scared to death and shocked I picked the laptop up open the lid I started tapping the buttons to to make the sound stop coming out coincidentally around 9:30 before I went to sleep I was watching an episode of A Haunting and I had switched the laptop off halfway through the episode in order to go to sleep. so for the laptop to turn it’s self on Midway through the program it was really strange does anyone know what this might mean???

  6. I had a dream last night about my aunt cum classmate.she was died into an accident. Even though I didn’t see her long years before she died, she use to come in my dreams n play with me talk to me and other activities but last night it was totally a different dream she teach me a massage to call her and said whenever i want to see her and talk just say this massage she will be there to talk to me. After wake up i forgot that what was the massage.I’m so confused don’t know what is the reason and why I’m taking it so seriously. Any advice please!!!!!!

  7. I had a dream last night..in my dream I knew my dad was there he has been gone for 19 years and he was going to visit my cousin who is gravelly ill with cancer. Then I was in a car with another cousin who has past away and he was drinking and we were going to visit my sick cousin to.when we got there my cousin wasn’t sick any more he was well and standing in the kitchen with a Alabama coat on and he told me my dad had just been there to see him.

  8. My father passed away 5 years this year & I have seen him a few times in my dreams. Sometimes he talks to me, sometimes he does not. Recently, the last two dreams I have had with him, I do not physically see him, but he comes up in my caller ID on my cell phone and tells me that he is not dead and that he just needed to get away for awhile. What does this mean? I mean, the only thing I can think of is that maybe I miss him and wish he really wasn’t gone? But I have had other dreams (nothing to do with my dad) come true. I mean, I’m sure this is impossible, but, is he trying to tell me something?

    So confused.

  9. i had dream of my friend living behind my house, that he died ,and i went there and see the he died..this is in dream, but my friend is alive ……so what is the meaning of this dream???????

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