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. Avi December 30, 2018 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    My father is having dreams of his dead dad calling him. He is scared and despite being non religious wants to do a Pooja. Especially as he had had several illnesses and my father is also falling sick often. My father had a good relationship with his father.

  2. Hitesb January 8, 2019 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    A year ago in dream i have seen that my one best friend is dying because of suffouscation and i am unable to do any thing and juat after 11 month she died in a same way and the next day after her death i have seen her in my dream but she was happy

  3. Sarah January 11, 2019 at 9:22 am - Reply

    I had a dream about my cousin …he passed away a while ago …I never really knew him u know like talked to him but he and my brother where close …he kept asking me to ask my brother stuff…so I did then in my dream I told my mother my aunt and my granny about it ..and my mom said I was liein …so he got mad and started yelling out a sentence that he had supposedly told her…and I cried but every time I cried my sineses would swell up and I couldn’t breathe…..And its not just the dreams I feel and see stuff…like energies ..but not just one …everywhere I go ever since I was small …and its just getting worse …the energies havnt hurt me or anything like that …I just feel unsafe…even when I’m with people …I really need someone to talk to me ..I think I’m going crazy…why would he talk to me and not my brother …I don’t understand I woke too early I think he still wanted me to ask something…

    • Iris January 20, 2019 at 4:39 pm - Reply

      I am not an expert,but he comes to you because you are the one the has the power to interact with things like that. Maybe he tried to talk to his father,but his father couldn’t see or feel him. When you feel bad energies or your having a bad dream that your feeling that something sinister is attacking you say Jehovah’s name 3 times.

  4. Sarah January 11, 2019 at 9:23 am - Reply

    No one else could see him but me…

  5. Anureet January 15, 2019 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    I have a really special friend who passed away an year ago. And since then i see him in my dreams, he does not scare me or ask for anything but is always there looking out for me. Recently i dreamt of him again and he dint seems to well, he looked really sad and that has disturbed me alot.. i dnt understand what to do.

  6. Tony January 17, 2019 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Dreamed of my wife’s father wicth has been dead for yrs we were living in a home that was new to me had never seen it b4 an her father was living right below us in a brick home with carport it’s like I was walking to check the mail wicth was a distance from our home an when I return wife said sating on the porch my daddy wave at you you didnt see him an I replyed no I did not sorry so I waved an then I woke up

  7. Magdalene January 22, 2019 at 2:36 am - Reply

    I allways drramd about daied people since i was seven years oldand never skerd me .. but when i was twethy years old i start seeing gost and lots of things gowing on …

  8. Magdalene January 22, 2019 at 2:50 am - Reply

    I had out boody experience ..: gost and sprites noses in d house knocking with d Windows playing boll …my bed drive like a car ..they sheak my bed ..the bedroom very very cold .black ashes on my bed on d curtions and floor black dust ..black clouds flying in d house lightes on and off and lots more …

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