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. Roxana April 23, 2018 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    I dreamt of my niece who died a year and a half ago. A year ago my son and wife had a stillborn at 9 month. In this dream my niece told me heaven was beautiful and she hug me and kissed me. She also said twice and touched my belly twice that that soul will return again. I’m 63 so not in childbearing age. But made me think of our baby Aaron who was born silent. Any thoughts??

  2. Christina April 24, 2018 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Last night I was listening to the radio love songs some sad awhile thinking about my beloved chiuauah that was killed last month on the 21St of March he was 11 yrs old. So I was reminiscing of Tiny and couldn’t stop crying later on that night I fell asleep and dreamt of my dad who has passed since 2013 and best believe yes I was daddy’s girl. Anyhow I’ve been having car problems and truck has been in the shop for over a month already but have not fixed it due to having to move therefore short on cash. My dad was a mechanic and in my dream he’s telling me and comparing parts with me and telling me that bigger even though expensive is better. I’m not sure what dad is trying to tell me is it to let the man the mechanic who has it that’s charging me so much to let him fix it or should I take it to someone else who will charge me less. My dad loved his mechanics and never did anything but that all his 75 yrs he was alive. What could this possibly mean? I love and miss you daddy always and forever ❤️

  3. anthony palladino April 29, 2018 at 4:22 am - Reply

    I dreamed my Brother ,Father ,and Stepmother all deceased, were driving around and coming to pick me up . When they arrived my brother got out of the car and was talking to me but i dont remember what he said..Thats all I remember

  4. barbra joyce May 8, 2018 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    i dream about my parents often but they are never together….also my nephew who committed suicide came to me with play guns to get rid of because he is pressured….

  5. sindy May 11, 2018 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    My grandmother used to tell me that we have another family they just staying in Captoun long time ago and with a white lady and my grandfather is black but he has a white skin my grandfather just passed away, my white grandmother appear on my dream I don’t know if she’s still I life or not but she looks so worried

  6. Wiki May 14, 2018 at 7:43 am - Reply

    When my friend has a sleepover at my House with me,she always has the same dream.It’s about a cartoon created that passed away,and me.She told me his cartoon karakter kisses me on the cheek.
    And well,she get’s it every single time she has a sleepover with me…
    The creepiest thing is , I told her to ask in her dream “why do you do this?” but it was no use ,she woke up before she could ask and then ,she had a dream about slapping me ,and he apeart again but this time like he was there he diapeart ,he was there and so on….
    What meaning could this have???

  7. Tjohnson May 14, 2018 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    I have been dreaming of my husband, mom, and brother… all past. In one dream my husband was mad at me and wouldn’t tAlk to me . When I dream of mom she is just mom , she is always telling me what I should do but I don’t know what she is saying . My brother gave me a lot of money last night for me to count but I don’t know why but he took it back. Once befor I had dreams of my husband and mom and it was a very bad time in my life but when it got better they quit coming. I think I’m worried they are preparing me for another bad time… I do t think I’m Depressed it going thru anything terrible know except I was in a car accident last October and now I am having back problems.
    I’m thinking they might be preparing me for my dads death he is not in good health. I don’t know ..

  8. Stella May 22, 2018 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    I dreamed of my husbands grandmother who I never met before. She was very upset in a dream and was telling me do you know what happens to daughter in laws when they don’t listen? And she was showing me with her hands by crushing walnuts with her bare hands , this is what happens. And I responded to her oh you mean like this and I was crushing walnuts with her.
    Any thoughts of what it means?

  9. Myra Mexicano May 30, 2018 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    My Kids Father Recently Passed In October 2017 I Had One Or Two Dreams About Him Some we’re good some were bad but last night I had another one I couldn’t remember just a part where we were hanging out at his friends or somewhere but we were all smoking a joint laughing having a good time he said something to me but I don’t remember an by the time he said it I woke up … What is he trying to tell me or is he happy n made it to heaven or is his lost 😟😭

  10. Bobby June 2, 2018 at 3:01 am - Reply

    Can someone Explain me.
    I just woke up to strange dream, and google it. And it took me here.
    I dream about my only best friend who passed away 4 years ago. I dreamt in the present she was alive. But since it would be so weird to ask her why she was alive. I didnt mind to ask her. We accidently met at the Mall and go to the Cinema (1). The Movie ended so late. The store were closing. We saw a dirt in the floor and she kicked it to some makeup store. (2)

    Just outside the mall we talked about what she’s been doing. And then I started crying. She came to me. And I asked her about a rumour about her being dead gently. And she told me that it was complicated she chose love. I didnt get it, and I started to get mad and lose control. I told her all this 4 years I had been sober because of her. I felt betrayed. Why didnt she contact me if she was alive all this 4 years. I forgot the rest.

    But in the parking lot I started running to her to ask her If I could contact her again, but I couldnt get to her she was so far and getting far. And when I reached out to her I fell. I found a Mango and took it (3). As long as I ran to her we turned younger just like small kids (4). Everyone watching us. Some of random guys from our classmates tried to calm me down. And when I reached out to her again. I woke up from my dream.

    (1) Cinema was the first place we go together
    (2) We always made fun of Mall attendant
    (3) Mango is my Fav fruit
    (4) We start knowing each other since the 10th grade, and we became close friends till then.

    *my relationship to her was Really close friend, we love each other as Friend, more than friend, more than relatives, and more than love interest. And we agreed to that.
    *I’m a 24 y.o guy, and we were in the same age.

    *I was planning to leave my curent life and start a new one, because of my depression life (including losing her)

    Did she tell me to move on? Did she bless me to start a new life? Did she tell me that she’s still alive in my heart but she want me to forget her?

    This is so emotional to me. After 4 years I rarely met her in a dream.

  11. Charlie June 4, 2018 at 4:38 am - Reply

    I had a dream Friday night my dad came to me he said you will be in heaven with me shortly.
    My dad died in 1990. My mom has passed away also but, she was not in the dream.

  12. ashley June 8, 2018 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Last night before I went to bed I had the first sense of calmness sense my father passed four days ago. I closed my eyes relaxed my breathing and cleared my head. Next thing I know I am in space surrounded by stars and their is this angelic person floating there with her arms out she is not solid but like a strong apparition I guess and she flew a couple feet down and pulls my sleeping dad up from the bottom of my vision. The higher she rose the younger and healthier he became. Once he was at our level he woke up with the just most brilliant smile, a smile I had not seen him gleem so hard in a long time. My dad then grabs the appartions hand and they begin to dance “ballroom dance” my dad always loved dancing, as they were dancing I saw the apparition turn into a young version of my nana and they were just dancing and dancing. I felt peace but I became overwhelmed and began crying and asking why did he go and he put his hand on my cheeks and told me he loves me so much and just kept saying it. I woke up after that.

  13. Debbie Black June 10, 2018 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    My dad died 5 years ago, I had one dream about 3 months after he died of him smiling and I asked him loads of questions about everything, was he happy ? What’s it like in heaven? How long is he hear for? He kept smiling and just walked out of my front door with a smile on his face and then disappeared , I know he was telling me he was ok and I then relaxed and have been ok since.
    Then last night I dreamt my door bell rang and I answered it and it was my dad very upset and shaking his arms and very distressed, I ran into the longe and told my husband my dad was at the door it really upset me seeing him like this, my husband went to the door and he had gone.
    I think he is warning me of something terrible is going to happen, what does anyone think

  14. Carmen Friley June 13, 2018 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Dreamed of my son’s dad who has been passed since Oct 2017 that he had passed away again in my dream but from a different cause.

  15. twila June 18, 2018 at 4:06 am - Reply

    Last night my granddaughter had a dream about my daughter who died 40 years ago in November she said that her and her aunt was celebrating dreamers birthday what does that mean she also said that dream look a lot like me

  16. Olguita June 25, 2018 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    I dreamt about my mother in law who pass away last July the dream was about me being in her old house where she live and die she was showing me how she rearranged her house and how concerned she was about her other son ever since she passed I’ve had many few dreams about her but don’t know why😢

  17. Kiara Villamor June 29, 2018 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    On June-8-18 my favorite rapper XXXTENTACION died. I just had a dream about him and we were talking….I always pray to him because like everyone was saying “legends never die” I wanted to know if it was a sign of anything bc I’ve never met him in person but also he is not my friend or relative. I was reading and it said that “if u see a dead person it can mean there will be a child birth” and my 20 year old brother was saying to my mom “this can’t be the universe telling me i’m having a child soon.” But still I wonder because I never met him in my life but he was my fav rapper and I miss him. I know I was crying in my dream and saying take me with u. But when I asked him what was wrong he said he was sad….and he didn’t look ok that’s y I asked….Is this any sign beacuse I still remember ab him…. And I had dreams ab him for 2 days

    • Mason when July 16, 2018 at 12:03 am - Reply

      I had dreams about X being upset too I’ve been searching for what it means. He was an inspiration

  18. Gonzalez July 9, 2018 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    I dream of my husband who passed in January of 2018.
    And they always start the same him sick then dies and comes back to live like nothing has happened…every dream has a different setting and a different feeling like im waiting for it to happen so i can save him….wjat does this all mean…

  19. Danita linares July 12, 2018 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    My mother passed away 5 years ago
    I’ve only dreamt that once before,
    This time I’ve dreamt of her she gave me a a newborn baby girl I was at the hospital suffering with COPD myself what does it mean

  20. Eliška Dvořáková July 14, 2018 at 10:33 am - Reply

    I had a dream about my gramdpa who died two weeks ago and I’m confused by it. It that dream, I was with my cousins in some house. There was my deceast grandpa, but I was the only one who could see him. He was covered in black paint. He talked to me like he usually would when we were alone. Then he asked me to bring some food. Before I left the room we were in, he said : “Be careful…”
    I have no idea what does the deam ment…
    (Pleade excuse my english, I’m not a native speaker)

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