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7 Meanings When You Dream of Someone Who Is Already Dead

Have you recently dreamt of a dead person? Do you often have dreams of someone who is already dead? Such dreams can leave you feeling shocked and shaken, mostly because of the mystery and fear surrounding death espoused in many cultures.

Explaining to others that you dreamt of a deceased friend, relative, or acquaintance can be equally hard, as you might be perceived as crazy. But, you are not crazy! It is possible to dream of a dead person, and such as an experience might carry a lot of meaning and symbolism.

So, if you are curious and wondering what it means when you dream of someone who is already dead, you have come to the right place. This article will explore the different meanings of dream visitations. Read on to find out more!

Dream of Someone Who Is Already Dead

Can The Dead Really Visit Us in Our Dreams?

Dream visitations are dreams where you see a deceased person. You may see a close relative or friend, experience their presence, and maybe even talk to them. Visitations can be hard to explain to others or even prove because of our beliefs about death. There is no scientific proof of heaven, hell, or the afterlife; only when you personally experience a dream visitation of a loved one will you know that the dead can visit us in our dreams.

Dreaming about a loved one is a personal experience. The interpretation of what the dream means will mostly depend on your state of mind, the life situation you are currently in, and the nature of the relationship you had with the deceased, etc.

Now let’s look at some possible explanations of what it means to dream of someone who is already dead.

1. You are processing your grief

The most common reason you might dream of someone who is already deceased is that your brain is trying to process your feelings about this person that have come to your conscious awareness. When the thoughts and feelings buried deep in our subconscious rise to our conscious awareness, they manifest in dream form.

According to the renowned psychotherapist Sigmund Freud, dreams are our subconscious way of fulfilling our wishes. The information we store in our minds throughout the day can be reflected in our dreams.

If you have been thinking about a loved one a lot, you might end up dreaming of them. If this person is recently deceased and you are grieving them, dreaming of them could be your mind’s way of helping you process and cope with the grief.

2. You need to work on a pending issue

Do you have something you need to deal with but keep postponing? It could be that work is piling up and stressing you out. Perhaps you are fiddling with an overdue meeting to deliver not-so-great news. Or, it might be a confrontation you are avoiding, but one you must have.

Something weighing down on your mind can be very stressful, but the more you postpone it, the deeper in trouble you will get yourself. Seeing a deceased one, especially if you worked or solved problems together, could signify that you need to put your head down and work on the issue you have kept postponing. Otherwise, your inaction will result in major problems and possible loss, for example, losing a client, which can negatively impact your financial well-being.

3. You are struggling with the ending of a relationship

In many cultures, death symbolizes an ending. We use phrases such as ‘end of life,’ ‘transition,’ ‘expire’ to refer to the finality of death. From this, dreams about death or deceased people symbolize the end of something we hold dear.

When you dream of someone already dead, you could be mourning the fact that you broke up with someone you love in real life.

If you have ever been through a breakup, you know how much it can hurt and the difficulty of dealing with such an event. It is common for people to describe their breakup with phrases like ‘it hurts like death’ or ‘it felt like I was dying.’

Struggling with a breakup can bring up memories of how you felt when the deceased passed on. These feelings and memories will be stored in your subconscious and may go on to be embodied in a dream where you see your deceased relative, friend, or acquaintance.

4. You need the deceased’s guidance

Did you depend on the deceased for guidance? If so, you might end up dreaming of them, especially if you are grappling with a tough decision or a difficult situation in which you could use some sage advice or encouragement.

Think about the kind of advice the deceased would give you on a typical day. Consider how they navigated problems in their own life. If you looked up to them as a mentor and guide, then dreaming about them could be a sign that you should emulate their problem-solving approach to solve the problems you are facing.

5. You need to bring balance into your life

When a deceased loved one visits you in your dreams, they could be sending you a powerful message to spend more time with the loved ones in your life.

The dream could be a reminder of life’s fleeting temporariness and the importance of making the most of the limited time you have with your close friends and relatives. You never know when their life will come to an end, and you can no longer talk, laugh, hug, or be with them.

Now is a good time to take stock of your life. If you have been spending a disproportionate amount of time on work or a hobby, for example, and you haven’t been so present in the lives of your loved ones, consider creating more balance if you truly care.

In our busy world, achieving balance is not easy, but what is even harder is losing a loved one and dealing with guilt for not spending time with them. Then, it would be a little too late.

6. Brace yourself for tough times

Many people report dreaming of parents who are already dead. While the death of any loved one can be a profound loss, the death of a parent can be particularly tough, especially if you had a close relationship.

Having a dream visitation from your parents can signify a difficult situation lurking around the corner. You must be prepared to deal with whatever may come your way. On the upside, you don’t have to feel alone; even though your parents are no longer with you physically, their respective spirits are watching over you.

The tough situation lurking around might not be unavoidable. But, by visiting you in your dreams, your parents are letting you know that you can take comfort in the knowledge that you are loved, guided, and supported.

7. You are on the right track, and all will be well

Dreaming of a friend or relative who is already dead does not always spell doom and gloom. If the deceased is happily smiling, they could be communicating the message that they are well, healthy, and at peace, and you do not have to worry. Although you might wake up feeling shaken after seeing your deceased loved one, the good news is you can rest assured that they are not suffering in any way.

If you are pursuing something, say a business deal, promotion, relationship, or any other worthwhile opportunity, dreaming of a deceased one smiling at you might signify that you are on the right path, doing well, and you should keep going.

You might also dream of your deceased loved one hugging you. You might not communicate in words or using a familiar language, but you will just understand what they were telling you when you wake up.

When you dream of someone who is already dead hugging you, it could be their way of saying they are fine and proud of you. This is definitely good news if you are getting ready to move on, for example, starting a new relationship after losing your beloved. You might be feeling guilty about moving on, but take the smile and hug from your deceased loved one as a sign that they are fine with you taking the next steps in your life.

What Does It Mean When You Dream of Someone Who Is Already Dead?

Processing the overwhelming emotions that come with losing a loved one can be hard. Seeing this person in your dreams can bring a sense of relief. But, it can also leave you feeling confused about why you’d dream of someone already dead.

A dream visitation is often a positive sign.  Your loved one is coming back to you to assure you that they are fine and are ready to move on to the other world. Dreaming of them could also be their way of guiding you and subtly helping you navigate the various situations in your life. Take heart, their presence will always be with you.

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    • I lost my father 2016 I was just baby girl I had two brothers above me then two years later I lost my brother a year older than me he lived at home with Mom and Dad did what he could you know after my dad died. He was going to work I was going back and forth all the time. I had brain surgery in 1989 I was an epileptic all my life ever since my father bought me a car I have never stop going back and forth from Worcester to Natick to my parents house. So I tell my brother he’s going to have to man up. Then I lost him in 2018 two years later I lost my big brother mark in June 2020 then 7 months later I lost my mom I own a three family with my husband we had to rent out the second unit with I was so much happy and joyful times family coming over my brother is my dad my mom packed up and moved in with Mom made no sense I didn’t want to leave her alone of course not I was her baby girl. And the first two years will good as always but this last year, was not so good I lost her December 13th hasn’t even been a year now I have no family left I have a very supportive husband on Thanksgiving I stayed in bed till 3 p.m. because it was my first Thanksgiving without my mother. God bless stay strong keep the faith and always pray. I dream about my family a lot I have some kind of connection

  2. I dream my mum was on the toilet I ask her if she want me to give her a bath and she refuse my offer. I then told her I will come back tomorrow.

  3. I always have a dream of my father who has passed 8 years ago. Whenever I dream of him he always seems to die or already dead i.e, I’ll always be attending his funeral. Why do I keep loosing him even in my dreams when I have already lost him?

    • Me too sweetie, almost every night for 7 years. My heart is with you and the frustration and grief you relive every night. Stay strong even when it feels impossible

  4. I lost my boyfriend of 4 years in the beginning of 2020 and to say the least it has been a journey through emptiness and a whole lot of hurt. Periodically I would have dreams about him but most recently this one was intense, it seemed so real. I almost feel upset at myself for having the dream now because I feel like my grieving process has started all over again. If I didn’t believe in dream visitation before I definitely do now.

  5. I was extremely close with both my mother and father. Losing them was terrible and I miss them still, after many years without them. I dream of both of them often, both not together in the same dreams necessarily. What a blessing! They both look happy and healthy and we are talking. It is a wonderful visit and assures me that they are okay. My faith and trust in Jesus tells me I will be with them again one sweet day.

  6. My grandson who is 21 was born with a veil over his face.
    He has had experience of psychic since he was 3 yrs old.
    His best friends sister recently committed suicide.
    She came to my grandson in a dream. He said, I was walking on a bright day , down the street, and she was walking with him.
    She kept saying to my grandson ” I’m not supposed to be here.”
    Soon they went right in an alley way…it was dark …then my grandson said, a giant black figure was walking towards us.
    The alleyway was dark. Then he said he saw an old old bldg.
    That sort of looked like an old Roman church. He said the doors
    We’re gigantic…there was only a light at the top of this old Churchill bldg. The whole time, the girl who was walking with him, that had committed suicide, kept saying ” I’m not supposed to be here” …louder and louder… grandson said he was so scared of this black figure of a person, that when the figure was near them, he awoke. He rememberedevery bit of that dream…
    My question, was this bldg. Heavens gate? Or was this girl in purgatory? Or why was this dead girl , who had killed herself, saying ” I’m not supposed to be here ” to my grandson.?
    Let me just say that my grandson at the age of 4, came to me , while I was waiting for my daughter, his mom, to come home,
    And she wass late…he said ” I know where she we got in my car and he took me to crystal lake, where we found her walking at 1 am , her car broke down. She had no shoes on, and he told me that she had no shoes on when we were at home…
    Could this dead girl , be trying to tell him something about her death. Maybe she didn’t commit suicide , maybe she was killed.
    They found her hanging on a bridge, with rope , I believe around her neck. Can somebody comment?

  7. I had a dream of my deceased partner, he’s been gone 2 months.
    I walk into this house, I see his backside, not his face. He walks away and goes to the washroom. I follow, and when I get to the door, I look in and he’s sitting in the bathtub taking a bath. He’s sitting upright, but yet I still cant see his face cause the shower curtain is pulled so as to not show his face, but he’s got soap nd he’s lathering his hands so much that the lather is pure white, nd bubbly. I just stand there and we don’t say anything. The dream ends. I wake up so confused and sad…why this kind of dream of him when I’ve been anticipating my 1st visit from him. No words.

  8. I dreamed of my cousin, she was my best friend. She passed away half a month ago, I dreamed of her two consecutive days but they both were the complete opposite.

  9. My older brother passed away Christmas night 2000, and after all these years I dreamed of him. We were laughing and he was smiling and he hugged me. I remember I felt like I had been looking for him and finally found him. When he hugged me I didn’t want him to go but he was showing n pushing me Togo the opposite way than he was going. I woke up feeling so sad but happy because he looked just as he did before he passed and I miss him so much. What does all this mean? Does he know I’m so sad n depressed all the time? Or was he mad n pushing me away? Plz help me.

  10. I lost my best friend back in 2005 she commented suicide November 15they had her at the hospital where she died the next day I’ve always wanted to see a sign in a dream of her 17 years later I didn’t even know it was the exact date she commented suicide I had a dream of she was more beautiful then I’ve ever seen she also was happy but she said in my dream that she never died she’s been alive the whole time and that her family faked her death to get her away from her boyfriend he’s the reason she Commented suicide I had a weird feeling about this dream so I looked up what day she did and it the same day I had my dream which tripped me out still tripping on it I know it’s not just a dream it has be some kind of sign right? And if so w I at does it mean?

  11. I have the exact same dream of my dad who died 9 years ago. It is like he was already dead and then somehow is alive again and come home but only for a short while, then has to die again. This must mean something. I have woken up crying.


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