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?

  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

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