What Do Dreams about Dead People Mean?

Mystics 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. Acrain2007 September 19, 2018 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    My dream was of my fiance’s late wife. She has been gone for 5 years now. I personally think bally knew her before he did. She was in my dream. Better looking then when she was alive. I don’t know where we were. But in my dream. They were together a lot and I felt alone. Her and I never spoke to one another, just smiled. I felt so alone…. what does this mean?

    • Tanzeen hussain October 18, 2018 at 10:24 am - Reply

      My dream was my grandma came back to life she died two years ago now due to having an accident
      In Pakistan we’re they have motorbikes and my uncle was the one riding it and my grandma was sat on the back and they were going to my aunties house and some van hit the back of the bike and my grandma broke both her arm and one rib we went to hospital they never let me see her and she had an operation and we found out she was better but I saw my mum running up from our house and she said my grandma s stoped breathing so yeah that’s my story

  2. Navjot September 20, 2018 at 1:08 am - Reply

    This is navjot I see my friend in my dreams , who died 11 years back…. on every death anniversary month and his every birth day near around ….he never bothers me I don’t know the meaning of this .he died in Delhi 2007
    of having sulphas which is a Poisson harsh.

  3. Charissa September 20, 2018 at 8:50 am - Reply

    My boyfriend had a dream that his brother came back to life and that he got better. What does that mean? Does it mean something at all?

  4. jen September 21, 2018 at 2:39 am - Reply

    reoccuring dream of my best friends car accident and the events the led up to it. i have known her for a very long time. and the why she was there and what she did before she left the house. i have always believed in my heart and soul it wasnt an accident. recently i havnt been able to finish the dream, it keeps me up at night but its the same one. like shes trying yo tell me something.. its been almost 3 years. and when it happened i pushed for an investigation but was denied. i truly believe it wasnt an accident. there is nothing i can do to bring her back. now i just want sleep and i feel im losing it.

  5. Meena September 23, 2018 at 2:40 am - Reply

    I saw my mom. She expired 2 years before and today morning I saw her in my dreams and she was so sick she was doing blood vomiting and really not able to do anything..
    It feels like I lost her again

    • Radha October 4, 2018 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      So sorry meena…think u r missing her a lot

  6. Terry Lucyk September 24, 2018 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    I had two dreams very close to each other I awoke and remember the dream well. It is a man acholic who was working the 12 step program I went once with him to a AA meeting and then I introduced him to a high school friend of mine and she moved in with him and lived for some years together. I have lost contact with her and she was not in the dream what surprised me is I dreamt of him and then the second dream was of him also. my friend was not in the dream at all just this man.

  7. TASHAE September 27, 2018 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    MY MOM HAS PASSED OVER 2 MONTH NOW AND I DREAMT HER IN 3 OCCASIONS: 1. She was trying to tell me something but no sound was coming from her mouth, 2. I was having a baby and she was passing by, 3. she was sick in the dream and I saw some of my relatives that are alive in it, 4. she was vomiting in the dream

  8. Jordan Ross September 30, 2018 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    I dreamt of my best friend.it was weird we were sitting on a bench and he had got up and left his car and then all of a sudden a big storm blew in and I was struggling to get through the storm but he was waving for me and waiting for me to walk through the storm when I got to the car he give me a smirk and drove off and I woke up what does it mean

  9. Tammy September 30, 2018 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Hello. I need help. My stepdad passed away last Saturday but his funeral was Thursday day. Last night I had a dream we were at home and I told him I had a dream that he died because he didn’t use his CPap machine. which that’s how his doctor thinks he died. What does that mean??

  10. Mary October 2, 2018 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    I had a dream of my best friend since childhood who died 2 years ago.She came to me in a dream and was communicating to me but not saying a word. We were in a huge event with many people no one could see her but me. My mother and Aunt were there with me, I was asking hem do you see her they said no. In the clouds my dead friend was showing me pictures of us when we were younger so many different pictures like a big screen tv with her mom and aunt who are deceased as well. I remember feeling not scared at all in fact it was the most beautiful feeling I cant even describe. In my dream I felt she was trying to tell me something it had something to do with a male figure and this male figure which I didnt see is going to bring me so much joy and love. I felt the love and joy and her communicating to me this was with no words but I felt so happy. I woke up with such a great feeling its just undescribale.

  11. Lyn October 3, 2018 at 9:07 am - Reply

    I had this dream of my dead mum asking me to buy her beers which she never drunk while alive. I did but funny thing is after drinking it she vomited it in my ear even though she was not standing next to me . That happens while I was standing talking to another pass family of my ex she was warning me to separate from him because he wasn’t good for me. 2 dead person in one dream. 2 night before I also dream of seeing a lot of fishes swimming at a river close to my home but by the time I went to collect some my relatives had already taken everything preserving them in salt

  12. Jaz h October 5, 2018 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    This is like the 5th dream that I’ve had over the. Of 8 years or my mom passed away in 2010 every time in the dream she is alive beautiful seems as if she never died and by the end of the dream I get the news that she is dead I never really physically see her dead and the dream I normally begin to cry in the dream until I wake myself up feeling as if I’m crying outside of the dream as I completely wake up this has become very draining because once I wake up completely drained of energy.

  13. Mario October 7, 2018 at 1:15 am - Reply

    i was in the pub with friends and one very famous person was with us who in real life is dead, died in 1997. at the end before leaving the pub we got the bill and it was big around $600, i paid for it but it was like that person was testing me will i pay for it or something. later in the dream we were all in some apartment and that person throws on the table in front of me a black booklet with open pages. it looked like a song but with some text missing. i started thinking and humbling the song i ran in to the other room where that person was and i said i get it, i know what to do and that person lying on the bed with a whisky bootle in hand said to me im going to sleep now. i woke up in the middle of the night and wrote this: Im alone again laying in/on the clouds, thinking about the future, thinking about the past. What have i done, to make you go away, what have a done for to move on! ALONE! Mind you half of this text came while i was still in the dream thinking about it. Pearson in the dream was Michael Hutchence singer from INXS, who died in 1997

  14. David Silva October 7, 2018 at 8:22 am - Reply

    My dream was that my death mom told me son your going to die in April.

  15. SheV October 7, 2018 at 9:54 am - Reply

    I had a dream that I was with my husband at a party ..((I’m not married but the guy I’m dating now was my husband in the dream..)) so anyhow my dad walked in the party and gave him a five and me a hug(( my father passed away a year ago)) we went to sit down (( my husband was behind me and I took a sit on his lap he was always behind me in the dreamthe whole time) my dad ask me where was my brother.. I told him I didn’t know.. my dad said he needs to stop this where’s my phone.. my brother comes in the house and speaks to my dad and my husband and my dad say u don’t see your sister… and then he say hey and so do I… my dad says looking at my brother why are you acting like that you know she loves you… my phone rings and I woke up… can you help explain this,, I haven’t had a dream about my dad since he been gone and never had one about the man I’m dating.. and me and my brother haven’t been talking at all

  16. Sharon Gleeson October 7, 2018 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    I dreamt my dead ex brother in-law and my ex husband and their dad which are all deceased now , I went to visit my ex neighbor and then decided to go to the house next door where we all lived to visit and when I walked in the door they were all there as clear as day ,the brother-in-law come running and hugged me while the father-in-law and the ex hubby were just sitting in the kitchen ?

  17. Lily October 7, 2018 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    I had a. Dream of my friend who passed away last weekend and in my dream he was in the cast we were in a chruch. And a lady from the church was passing around his cast with the smoke thing she carries

  18. poy October 19, 2018 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    i dream about my Grandfather the father of my mother. we were drinking and later on he wants to pee.. then i said i’ll go with you then he pinch me quick.. what does it means?>
    my granpa really loves me so much when he was alive.. hope i’ll get an answer thanks

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