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 is the founder 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 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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By | 2017-01-13T21:53:22+00:00 November 1st, 2013|Categories: Paranormal, Unexplained Mysteries|Tags: , |263 Comments


  1. Gene May 30, 2017 at 5:52 am - Reply

    In the last month I’ve had 3 dreams with 3 different people that have passed away years ago. A best friend, a friend and a brother in law. I haven’t thought of these people in years. So nothing to jog a random memory or anything like that. So my best friend died in a motorcycle wreck while in the military but was a police officer in my dream. It was like he was older and never died. He said “good to see you and we’ll talk later but go that way” and pointed me in a direction. The dream was at night. A week later I had a dream of a friend that died in a over dose and all she did was smile at me. The dream had a kind of dark feeling to it. And last night my brother in law that committed suicide visited me. He was all happy and looking like his best self in a white suit and he wanted to go hunting quil on your farm so we did. I walked into the field and saw something and it was black he said “it was a rare one (quil) and to catch it” so i started to stalk it and it saw me turned around and ran at me. I jumped on it. It tried to bite then I woke up. Seriously what the he’ll? I haven’t thought of these people in years why all the sudden 3 different people in 3 months? Is this just random?

  2. Amar June 5, 2017 at 3:56 am - Reply

    Please be careful, avoid rash driving
    There might be a little chance of accident.

  3. Cara June 6, 2017 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I had a dream last night of a person that I didn’t know very well in live. She was a very close personal friend to my best friend’s dad. In my dream she was concerned about a son, whom in life never existed and in my dream was in prison soon expected to be released. But she seem very concerned about him and in the dream kept asking about him and saying that he should be home soon. Such a very strange dream.

    • Eshovo Adeniyi July 2, 2017 at 8:59 am - Reply

      There is more to learn and d part u took will be successful
      There is new beginning and a lot of helpers will come to u

  4. Jack Menendez June 8, 2017 at 1:33 am - Reply

    I myself have had a number of dreams of my past relatives, a friend, and of my mother in law who passed away most recently. I’ve had one dream in which my brother, a friend, and grandmother were all in the same dream. Another dream with just my brother, and most recently, two separate dreams of my brother and my mother. It seems that it’s becoming a pattern.

  5. carolyn crisp June 10, 2017 at 10:20 pm - Reply


  6. Madyson Raye June 15, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    I keep having dreams about my sister. She passed away recently. I have had one of her being alive again and then she passed always again and rose from the dead. The I just had one again where everything was back to normal. It was like she didn’t know she was dead. But I knew, I knew that it was a dream. In my head in the dream I knew that that would be an opportunity to tell her how much I love her. Since I knew I would wake up I asked her what her password was so that when I woke maybe I could open her phone and find out what happend. Anyways she gave it to me and I still remember it. Could it me true?

  7. Kriscelly June 24, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    My friend passed away about a month ago. He was stabbed… i have been dreaming him like two times now. And in my dream i know ge is dead and when i see him i ask him ‘but arent u dead?’ And he is like ‘no’. Now today i dreamt him again bt dis time he didnt answer when i asked him the same question. He stayed silent. Now ryt after i left him and reached home… a huge tornado formed in my dream and destryed all around me except my house. I remember worrying about my parent as i clinged to the burglar bar and holding my little baby tight. And after it went around my house it disappeared. Like it took with it all dats hindering me… need help. Can anyone relate or help me with dis dream?

  8. Nv June 25, 2017 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    about a week ago I dreamed of my friend that passed for almost 10 years ago and we had so much fun in the dream communicating with each other full of smiles, but then just before I woke up, I was informed that he has passed again and I was crying. was it something that he wanted to tell me? I do miss him when I think about the dream and the dream felt real. I hope that this could be sign of something good and not something bad

  9. Katherine Lieske July 11, 2017 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    I just had a dream last night about my husbands (we just got married in may) aunt who passed away! She said I am always here for you! I was at an art class which isn’t something I have done before! She looked like she had aged a little but didn’t have any of her cancer signs! Any idea what her message could be about?

  10. Jett July 12, 2017 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    I do not like having dreams about dead people. If I have a dream about a person who has passed and they are in the dream with a live person something usually happens to the live person. Before my Father passed my grandmother was in my dream. I felt really hostile towards her because I knew she wasn’t supposed to be there but she said she was waiting for someone and she kept going towards my Dad, which was kinda strange because she was actually my Mom’s mother and I don’t think she like my dad. Right before my mother passed my Father was in the dream, same feeling of he shouldn’t be there, I confronted him and ask him what he was doing there. He said he was waiting for my Mother. I ran up the steps and she was putting her clothes in a suitcase. She didn’t talk or have any facial expressions even though I could feel I was talking to her but no words. I woke up before she left the room. With my daughter’s dad, I had dreams f him in his coffin, knew exactly what he would wear and how he would look even though I had no input into his parents choice of clothes for the viewing it was exactly the same.. I don’t tell anyone these dreams, I write them down, all the facts I can remember and sadly usually they come true.

  11. Natavan July 20, 2017 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Hi. Is there someone who can help me with my dream. Last night i saw in my dream my dead granny telling me take this man you always wanted him. By the way i am single. I saw the face of the person but i dont know him.

  12. Janice July 26, 2017 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    I do not believe our brain activity as we sleep, has any relevance to anyone that is deceased
    People seem to want to believe there is communication with people that are no longer alive. It’s desperation and it is not possible.
    There are people who believe such things as visiting aliens, ghosts, the magic man in the sky, dreams having mystical meanings, sacrificing animals to gain access to the dead, tarotcard readings etc.
    very sad and these beliefs lead to people being vulnerable and taken advantage of.

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What Do Dreams about Dead People Mean?