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?

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