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.

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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 uncle passed away in July. He had been my best friend and like a second father to me. When he died a piece of me went with him. He died in a paragliding accident in Slovenia. I was never able to say goodbye. The morning of his death I had a dream he was teaching me to fly. (To paraglide) but as he was showing me the wing messed up and he fell. I ran over and asked him if he was okay. He got up dusted himself off and laughed. He told me he was okay and he smiled at me. Then I woke up to the sound of my other uncle knocking on my dads bedroom door. My dad opened the door and I heard my other uncle tell my dad “I hate to wake you up like this man.. But Bud was in an accident. He didn’t make it.”
    Just this morning I had a dream I was outside and he was alive again but I hadn’t seen him yet. Then I look up and see him walking towards me with his big smile and his laugh and I burst into tears and ran to him and hugged him and I wouldn’t stop crying. He just held me and then I woke up..

  2. I dreamt about my dead grandma..dad’s mom nd my mother..both seemed to be missing me..i wanted to stay back with them but i had my exam i could not stay back.what does this mean??????

  3. i have been having dreams of a childhood aquitence that passed away right after we graduated high school which has been 6 years ago, i knew him we had the same friends but we never personally hung out or were close in the past month ive dreamt about him twice both times were good dreams and he was happy and alive in my dream , im wondering why i would be dreaming of him ? like i said we did got to school together and grew up around each other but never really even had a conversation ?

  4. I have been having what people say is a “visitation dream”. In my dream my husband (who died 4 years ago) is alive. I have such a happy feeling in the dream but when I wake up and realize it was only a dream I’m suddenly sad. It’s like I just lost him again. These dreams upset me because I want to go back to sleep where he was alive. The dreams are very vivid and the feelings I have after the dream is that I wish I hadn’t had the dream and I can’t get them off of my mind. I have been told that I should be happy that my husband visited me in my dream but I don’t. I spend the day thinking about the dream and crying.

  5. My mom had a dream of 4 of her ralatives all in the same dream. They are all deceased but where alive in the dream and together. It was her Mom & Dad..a close aunt and her husband.They where all in the same house in which my Moms parents lived in.

  6. I’ve only dreamt of 3 dead people before. My aunt, my great grandmother, and a boyfriend. My aunt supposedly committed suicide but all of the family suspects murder. In the dream I saw her and she was frantically trying to tell me something but I could not hear her voice, as if she was on mute. I proceeded to tell her that she was dead and I didn’t understand how I was talking to her. When I told her she was dead, she stopped talking and paused for a moment. Then she smiled as if it was ok and disappeared. In the dream about my great grandmother she was happy and there was a strange kind of sunshine, and I did hear her voice, but only a few words, and they were “It’s beautiful here.” The dream(s) about my boyfriend were much more complicated. He had been in the army and committed suicide after he was out. In one dream I was running from something unseen and I attempted to jump over a cliff and was barely hanging on, about to fall, and a man camoflauged in a guillie suit grabbed my hand and pulled me up. I asked who my rescuer was and he took off his mask, revealing my dead boyfriend. He never talked, almost as if he knew I couldn’t hear him (like in the other dreams I could not heat their voices). In a separate dream we were on a boat and for once in a dream about him the sun was shining through the boat windows. He had his back to me. He was dressed in a suit. As I entered the room he turned to face me and his eyes lit up just like they used to. He took my hands in his and it occurred to me that I was wearing a wedding dress. We were apparently getting married. As he held my hands he looked me in the eyes smiling and I heard his voice for the first time in my dreams. He said “It’s ok.” That was the last dream I had about him, and the last words I ever heard from him. As short as they were, it was comforting. That was my experiences summarized. There were more dreams but those were mostly bits and pieces and hard to explain. I hope that maybe my posting on here somehow helps someone else that finds this page.

  7. hey ya hi i just wanna know one thing that i had got a dream that my uncle who had passed away a year ago had came to my dream and he was trying to hit me and wanna kill me what does this meant by ?????

  8. My dad passed away 10 years ago…a very slow and painful death and I’ve never really recovered. He was my dad and my best friend and I miss him every day.

    I often dream that he actually didn’t die; he went into hiding so he could live with his other family. I run into him and am so happy he’s alive, but he wants nothing to do with me.

    I wake up from these dreams feeling just awful…they can ruin my whole day. Does anyone here have any thoughts on what the heck this means? I do have occasional dreams about him where he’s just there and I’m comforted, but these ‘he’s not dead’ ones are driving me insane.

  9. I dreamed about my little girls father that was killed by police,and I would like to know what it is,it was almost like he was still here.

  10. Elizabeth E.Obregon

    Ilike to know why I dream of my stepsister and my stepbrother and my alive son my step siblings are dead

  11. Just dreamt of my best friend who died almost 2 years ago in a boat accident the body was never found, in this dream we where happy I did not even remember that he was dead until I woke up, in that dream we just talked normal. God bless the dead.

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