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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  1. kenneth scott blake October 13, 2017 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    I had a dream of 5 dead people that was in a circle only their heads showed these people I’ve had never seen I’m a retired fire fighter they didn’t talk all they did was look at me as they were spinning slowly this is no joke I need answers please

  2. Gem October 14, 2017 at 5:09 am - Reply

    I have had two dreams this week of my Nan who passed away five years ago. The last dream I had was so emotional for me because she was dead initially but came back to life and she needed an operation for her chest/ heart. I was waiting with my brother for her to come out of recovery but she never as I found out she died again. What does this mean ? Someone please let me know

  3. Antonio Padron October 19, 2017 at 7:05 am - Reply

    I keep having dreams of friends that died. Last night I was talking to a friend and his mother who died in 89, and they died about a month apart.

  4. kayode victor October 22, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    am awleays having dreams about my deceased grandmother,cousin nd recently my uncle.every month I do dream about them.smtimes my grandmum talks ,even my cousin,bt I dnt hear.
    pls I nid an answer.

  5. Wesley October 26, 2017 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    i just woke up again from a dream my daughter and girlfriend are sleeping next to me, so im taking myself to the living room to write this. Yesterday i had a dream about my Son that’s not living with me that had a broken leg so when i woke up i immediately message my ex to tell her that since my son is starting to climb stairs and crawl all over the place, now i had a dream about my whole family my mother,aunt,aunt daughter father,grandmother but it wasn’t nothing bad everyone seems happy in my dream but the thing is all these people only my mom that i have a close relationship with my father been gone since i was a baby my grand mother haven’t spoke to her in years yet we in the same country my aunt saw her last week at my daughter baptism so i’m just super confuse about all that..and the crazy part is that tomorrow i’m attempting at one of my friend funeral i’ve never been to no funeral

  6. jeremiah November 6, 2017 at 7:02 am - Reply

    When i went to rest my head i fell asleep i saw all my friends and family dead in, like a slide show am i going insane?

  7. Janice gruver November 9, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    I dreamed I was pregnant with a girl and was so happy but then my deceased aunt and uncle appeared in my dream and my two youngest sons 11 and 8. My 8 year old was getting something from the refrigerator and spilled it and my uncle grabbed him angrily and threw him down he began to cry and he put his lower arm across his mouth as if to suffocate my aunt was just their quietly and I was trapped under my uncle and felt the strong urge to protect my son but useless.. Then my deceased stepfather appears but is like my aunt just sorta lingering their…

  8. Zaneka Nembhard November 11, 2017 at 5:19 am - Reply

    Guys I dreamt about my deceased cousin while I was taking a nap its like he was under the sheet curled up and he was writing on the sheet saying” I dont want u to see me like this ,I woke up suddenly after ,lord knows I miss him 😢.

  9. Deborah Brooks November 22, 2017 at 5:35 am - Reply

    My husband passed away 5 months ago from Sepsis. He also had stage 4 liver CANCER. Im the last week Ive had 2 seperate dreams of him passing away again but from an auto accident and the other was in was laying in a casket and we were just waiting around for him to die. What is the meaning of this ?

  10. Tia November 25, 2017 at 11:03 am - Reply

    I dreamed that I was in a church I think I was either getting married or baptize, can’t recall. Then the scenario changed to me walking with my decreased grandmother& grandfather in the night coming from church. While walking I was either thinking to tell them or I may have told them that the 15,000JMD (100USD) they have for me they can take it. But they didn’t owe me any money b4 they died though. Anyway we were walking on the road and was about to pass some graves when we saw a man standing and smoking and we all realized it was a spirit. While walking pass, the spirit came running after me and I keep on telling him to leave me alone and my grandparents asked me how i know him and why he came at me. Anyway, I woke up as quick as possible cause I was scared, hate dreaming about dead people. On the other hand guess what? That guy who came at me is alive but in the dream he seemed like a spirit. In real life he wants me to be in a relationship with him but I don’t want to. I haven’t even been thinking about him so I don’t know he just appeared in my dream.
    I’ve recently been dreaming about spirits lately ….

  11. Deb November 25, 2017 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    My dream is about my aunt who died of cancer a yr ago and everytime i have a dream of her she is talking to me but her face is all black. I dont know why she is coming back to me like that?

  12. Stanley raini November 27, 2017 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    I dream of my mother who died almost fifteen yrs ago sleeping in one bed and she started vomiting. Please help.

  13. Sam December 12, 2017 at 1:43 am - Reply

    I just dreamt last night that I in a panic at an event, I found my mom dead in the trash. She’s been dead for 8 years.

  14. Lata chandra December 14, 2017 at 12:09 am - Reply

    My husband passed away 3 yrs ago…my 34 yr ol son passed away in an accident 11 July 2017…..I dream sometimes and also dream dead relatives n small baby n kids n also people in the village who passed away few yrs back….. wat does this mean….pls help to stop seeing these kind of dreams

  15. Daphne December 18, 2017 at 6:38 am - Reply

    I dreamed my deceased father keeps coming back to life. He says he is aluve why do people keep saying he is dead.

  16. Janice December 21, 2017 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    I don’t remember what we were doing but my mother who has been dead 20 years was walking away from me I was yelling at her to turn around so that I could see her face but she wouldn’t

  17. ruby January 5, 2018 at 4:18 am - Reply

    dreaming of my bestfriend who dies 12years ago. in my dream i saw him so alive and happy and i was so happy too seeing him and hug him like he is real. i know he left w/o even saying goodbye and missing him a lot. i dont know what he want why he came into my dreams.

    • Jody Spurgeon January 10, 2018 at 5:16 am - Reply

      I believe your best friend is telling you that he’s okay and not to worry about him. Maybe this was his way of saying goodbye. I hope this helped.

  18. Diana January 6, 2018 at 8:20 am - Reply

    I lost my brother 6 months back and I got immediate pregnant ..but always he comes in my dream talking something ..sometimes even showing where he is now..

  19. Marsha January 13, 2018 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    a very close friend passed away just last month. I never got the chance to say goodbye..
    these past few nights I wake up having been dreaming about him, nothing spectacular happens in my dreams, we bang out and he hugs me, he is crying. which makes me cry…then just as he is about to speak to me, I wake up…..usually in tears…
    please help me figure out what these dreams mean!!

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