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. Michael January 24, 2018 at 2:41 am - Reply

    Thanks for the information. I keep having dreams where I don’t recognize at first that my relatives who have passed are dead, but when I do remember, and start having lucid dreaming, I tell the individual that they are dead. And almost always they give me a smile, like I found out and wasn’t supposed to then I wake up? Has anybody ever heard of rules that the dead can’t interact with the living in dreams, they can only observe and interact without us knowing?

    • Belinda February 7, 2018 at 10:06 am - Reply

      I have similar dreams, i keep telling them that are dead and they have to leave… I dream of random people that have passed on and most of the time they arent ready to leave and i chase them away… I am so freaked out and confused by this

    • Tommy February 7, 2018 at 11:22 pm - Reply

      This is all theory from experience btw. I do believe there may be visitation rules. It also might depend on how connected you and that person are. An additonal factor could be your natural spiritual awareness level. I experienced dreams of loved ones and only on the 2nd dream which were two years apart were they able to say something. One dream was indirect speaking and the other was directly to me. All I can say is don’t think about it too much. Simply seeing how you are doing is all their intent.

    • Jono March 13, 2018 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Michael… the dead can only interact in dreams not in waking life… when we sleep we are unconscious and therefore open to their communication…

  2. Mary February 7, 2018 at 12:39 am - Reply

    I just had the most delightful dream with my long time deceased daddy and my deceased golden retriever . Daddy and I were laughing so hard and later in the same dream my dog was doing obedience tricks. It was wonderful!

  3. adelina February 7, 2018 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    my dad past away 12 years ago i had a dream with him that we were in a trip and he left to take a relative home and he past away in a store and i called his cell 2 days later someone answer his dead and a ran to my relatives house and they were so calm yeah he died in the store i crying alote then my mom and i were with out nothing but in that part i had the life i have right know that am married with kids and pregnant but my husband is not in the dream

  4. Bethuel Nawabeb February 8, 2018 at 10:56 am - Reply

    I dreamed of my uncle (my fathers elder brother) who was a pastor by profession and that passed away long time ago, for about 13 to 15 years. I dreamed that he apparently rose and was re-marrying to another women that was not clear in the dream. I just have a strong feeling that there might be a message within that dream which is quiet not clear to me. Because what I don’t understand is, if it was a message of me having to marry, that is very impossible as I am already also married. So I strongly believe that there is a message within that dream, which I am so eager on wanting to know what the message is and what it means.

    • Paul March 22, 2018 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      He’s wanting you to be married to christ, in the bible we are referred to as the bride of christ when he pasted on he went into a new relationship with jesus

  5. Darryl February 13, 2018 at 5:24 am - Reply

    My dream last night was very vivid which included my deceased sister, my deceased first wife and the deceased captain of my ship in the US Navy. The connection with my captain was he attended the wedding of my deceased wife and I. From what I can remember, each encounter was one on one. It was like being at a social gathering where you wander around the room having one on one conversations. The conversations were light and much like catching up, how have you been doing as mentioned here. There were unresolved issues with my sister and my wife when they departed and both experienced a horrible painful death, but not with my captain. So I am wondering if deceased people from your past are allowed to petition for a visit and if all are for good, then up to three are allowed a group visit in the same dream representing the trinity. The only one that knew the other two deceased was my deceased wife. One loved me like a brother, one pretended to love me for selfish gain followed by divorce and one just thought very highly of me. The room was pleasant and bright with lots of sun coming from the windows. When I woke all three faces were in my mind followed by remembering the individual encounters. I felt like they all wanted to make sure I remembered it and remember them.

  6. Patty February 14, 2018 at 5:09 am - Reply

    I dreamed I was in a room full of strangers and they were all actually dead but came to life in my place of business. I woke up very frightened. I didn’t know any of these people

    • Paul February 23, 2018 at 5:49 am - Reply

      Thank you for your post. After much study of my dreams, some of which find me in another realm yet have an understanding of all that surrounds me. I have given focus to the 5 senses we humanly pocess. Sight and hearingi are in the forefront, yet one must delve deep to awake with an awareness of , touch, smell and taste. With those accomplishments behind me I have journeyed far in my sleep state. I don’t refer to it as a dream state because I know better. Ever wake up truly exhausted from a nights sleep and wonder about that journey? You’re not alone, literally. I travel and live amongst souls that have last yet have found a new purpose, a new life on another plain.

  7. Priya February 19, 2018 at 4:06 am - Reply

    I occasionally see one of my grandparents in dreams. Usually when it is my grandfather it means that the dream ie a warning of something that was gonna happen. Today I had a dream, where I go with my aunt ( mothers younger sister ) to her house. And there I see that my grand father was inside the body of some other woman. My aunt explains that someone tried to dig.his grave and messed up and.this happened. He is in their house. When he sees my Children he tries to scare them away. So I take my children and go to my mother’s house. But we is out of station, but we let ourselves in and o sit there and talk to her on phone explaining all these. ( My grandparents graves are taken good care of.Family movers visit there once in a while. He loved small children when he was alive and never would think of scaring them. He passed away before I got married and ha never seen my children. Is there any interpretation for this. It was pretty scary, the whole dream. Please give ur Interpretation if you understand something. It will be really helpful. Thank you.

  8. marcia February 19, 2018 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Friday i dreamed of my grandmother giving me large sum of money while my sister was holding a new born n it felt like my other granny was dead but she’s alive woke up very confused,today I dreamed of my deceased uncle we were traveling in a car n my other uncle who’s alive was so angry with me what does all this mean? Feeling worried

  9. Tony Rodriguez February 20, 2018 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    I had a dream this morning of a family friend that my mother took care of him since we were little well he passed away a few months ago and I had two dreams already of him trying to say something and all I see is him mumbling and the other dream was us walking and I seen a light in the sky and him pointing at it and I’m guessing he’s not resting at peace cuz his sister burned him and kept his ashes we think we don’t know what can you tell me what u think??

  10. Mahaleth Sotelo February 21, 2018 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    I had a dream about someone who passed away last year. In the dream that person told me he was not dead and handed me a piece of paper telling me where he was. I never opened the paper in the dream, shortly after I woke up. Any thoughts?

    • Kayah February 24, 2018 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      Do you believe in environmental spirits? They say that if they take a human and bring that person in their dimension, they would make a something to look exactly like that person and that would be the one to act in that person’s place in the real world.That clone would come home and would slowly become weak and sick until it dies. Then his/her relatives would think that he/ she is dead already. But the truth is, the one that died isn’t really that person.. Only a disguise/ clone created by the spirits. The real person is living in the enchanted world already and would visit his/her family in dreams to say that he/she isn’t really dead. Some even receives letters in real life telling the family not to worry for he/she is alive and well wherever he/she is.

  11. Alize March 10, 2018 at 6:51 am - Reply

    My dad had a dream where my grandma(who passed away from cancer) asked for a cup of water. In the dream, they were at a buffet and after my grandma received the water, she left. Does this mean that she’s not in peace?

  12. Yosika March 13, 2018 at 3:13 am - Reply

    I had lost my sister 4 year ago .That day was the black day of my life .she was very close to me. After 1 year I moved on but now I have started to missing her. Everyday she come in my dream . We share our feeling in dream . Nowadays some unusual things started happening to me .when I get sad I start to remember her and I share my feeling with her . And Italy to myself a lot . Sometimes I cry without any reason and remember her . Why I’m being like this??

  13. Gianna Robinson March 15, 2018 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    I dreamed of my aunt and she was so beautiful ahe did’t say anything but I gave her a hug so what do this mean because I’ve been having these kind of dreams lately my other dream before this one was I dream that I was ascending into the sky what do all of this mean

  14. Nkele Musupi March 20, 2018 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    I have been dreaming about my boyfriend who passed away… a month ago….in my dream we we’re having a very nice any good conversation… we we’re talking about his dress code in his coffin… I asked him if his okay and he said yes I should not worry his in a better place… that’s when I realized that His In A Better Place and Resting In Peace… I would find a lot of ants in my Waldrop… I would hear his whistles… I would feel his presence sometime… And I just believe that his My Guardian Angel. His always with me ❤

  15. Linda Abram March 25, 2018 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    I’ve just had a dream my dead mother came into a room grabbed my arm hugged me I remember saying mum I’ve missed you

  16. Sta April 1, 2018 at 9:38 am - Reply

    I had dream last night about my grandfather who died last 3 months ago, that i was talking to my grandfather on the cellphone …then suddenly i woke up

  17. Linda Anyango April 1, 2018 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    I had a dream where I was in my ancestral home and I had food in a certain basket, fried chicken pieces, roasted and boiled maize.and all of a sudden all the people who had died and buried there come to live and were speaking to me as I was giving them the food..but it happen my brother and I were the only people who could see the dead people ..other people were just seeing food moving in the air..my mum who is alive was one of the dead people and they were happy with me and telling me to continue with what am doing..they were all my dead relatives both adults and children. My brother and I feasted with them..as people alive and children were watching..but they could not see the dead people.

  18. Priya April 8, 2018 at 9:46 am - Reply

    I had a dream about my best friend who died becuz of bike accident he came in my dream and i was very egar to talk with him but he kept on saying he is getting late let him go hardly he could talk with me and he disappeared . Wht does this mean???

  19. Jeff April 9, 2018 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    I have re-occurring dreams of my grandfather visiting me. They are so vivid and stay with me for a long time. In the dream he is still alive and my grandmother is always with him. He never speaks to me just feel his wonderful presence. I have asked him to please speak to me next time when I wake up. Anyway, last night after years he finally spoke, but it was strange. In my dream I brought a gift of some old photos I thought my grandmother would like to see. He dissmissed this gift and told he very abruptly she doesnt want these, she wants something else. I thought it was such a nice sweet gift and his dismissive reaction mad me so mad I told him, fine fuck off. I woke up and cant believe I told my grandfather to fuck off. What the hell was that?

  20. Dolores Ann Cruz April 17, 2018 at 10:12 am - Reply

    I keep having dreams of my friend that passed over 5 years ago she was my bff and she passed while I was in jail in all my dreams she just there with me to help me out on what ever it is that I need. Just like when she was alive what does this mean??

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