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

By on March 8, 2018

Dreams can have many different meanings to different people, each dream interpreted slightly differently from the way before, dictated by the setting, scenario, or events that happen during the course of it. Dreams are believed to be the mind’s way of communicating with you — telling you things or reminding you of certain places/people/situations that you might not have otherwise remembered.

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

A very common dream to have is one where a dead friend, relative, or associate pops up. Dreaming of someone who is already dead could, of course, just be a sign that you were thinking of or missing that person. It is very common to dream of someone who has recently passed away, and although this might be of some comfort to you, it might strike the question:

What does it mean when you dream about someone who is already dead?

As well as being a very obvious sign that you miss the person who has died and commonly occurring in the time period immediately following the passing, dreaming of that person is also thought to be a message, of sorts, from beyond the grave. For many years there have been links and theories that the dream world and spirit world could be connected, and if this were to be true, dreaming could be a way for that spirit — the spirit of the dead person — to communicate with you. If it seems that you are being told a message, perhaps to go ahead with someone or even to be wary or cautious of a new adventure you are embarking on, it might just be time to sit back and listen.

Are you rushing into things? 

Are you making a poor choice? 

Have you thought about it logically and rationally? 

In Pagan times, it was traditionally believed that a deceased person communicating advice in a dream was to be listened to and obeyed immediately, any disobedience met by anger from the Gods and the encouragement of bad luck and omens.

Some dream experts believe that dreams of passed relatives in the run-up to a wedding could be interpreted as advice against the coupling.

Dreaming of deceased parents, especially when they are, once again, giving you a warning or advice is thought to be a subconscious sign that trouble is on the horizon and that you should make sure you’re planning for all eventualities, both bad as well as good.

Dreaming of the newly deceased could also be the way that your subconscious tells you that you’re not quite finished with the grieving process. Grief and mourning following the death of a loved one is a process, and it can often be a very lengthy one, particularly if the death was seemingly out-of-the-blue or a shock. In grief-ridden dreams, it is typical to have the same or similar dreams repeatedly, over the course of a few weeks or months. It is also quite common to experience a conflict of some sort, in the dream. This could be seen as a metaphor for how you’re not dealing with your own emotions during the difficult time of your life. Maybe you need to stop bottling your emotions up and actually deal with what you’re feeling. This is very much the case if you are spiralling downwards, feeling lonely, or don’t think you have anywhere to turn. There is always someone that can and will help, and you shouldn’t be afraid to speak out and say that you need comfort or affection.

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Finally, there is another dream interpretation that you should bear in mind when looking into the meanings of dreaming about deceased loved ones; it could be a sign that all is at peace, particularly if the dream itself was a pleasant, comforting, or soothing one. Many people worry about what happens to the ‘being’ or ‘soul’ of a person when that person passes on, and a comforting or soothing dalliance in the dream is meant to be a sign that everything is okay and as it should be.

There are often so many different dream interpretations for just one dream-topic alone, which can make it tough to understand what the dream is actually meant to mean or depict. Only you can appreciate the importance of that dream to you, and we hope that you also manage to find comfort following the passing of a loved one.

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    Natalie

    May 23, 2019 at 12:28 am

    I have had a dream about someone who I loved who I had pushed him away. Thinking to see him soon. In my dream he was dead in the corner. Police think he was murdered could he be trying to tell me something?

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      web admin

      May 23, 2019 at 7:26 pm

      The recent murder of this person that you love has certainly influenced your life. This dream is a reflection of the traumatic experience that you had. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will honor the memory of the person that you loved. Best wishes, Natalie!

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    Nat

    May 23, 2019 at 12:26 am

    I have had a dream about someone I love who has very recently murdered. In my dream he was dead on the floor in the corner similar to how he was found. What does this mean?

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      web admin

      May 23, 2019 at 7:20 pm

      The recent murder of this person that you love has certainly influenced your life. This dream is a reflection of the traumatic experience that you had. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will honor the memory of the person that you loved. Best wishes, Nat!

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    Phetheni

    May 21, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Hi i had a dream about my uncle’s 2 of them for a week

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      web admin

      May 22, 2019 at 8:49 pm

      Dreams about your late uncles are manifestations of your emotional relationships with them. It is possible that something in your life reminded you of them. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will help draw positive people and energy into your life and help you honor the memories of your uncles. Have a great day, Phetheni!

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    Abigail

    May 21, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    I had a dream about a friend I really cared for who died in a motorcycle accident, we were watching a movie together silent no words but I laid in his arms and I felt comfort and happiness

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      web admin

      May 21, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with your late friend. The silent movie could be a manifestation of your knowledge that the two of you are unable to communicate. Ensure that your dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will help you honor the memory of your friend. Have a great day, Abigail!

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    Gary G

    May 21, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Hi.I am a person that does not have many dreams.But when I do, there nowhere as vivid as the last 2 consecutive dreams I’ve had.First dream; I dreamt
    I was in a boat in a docking bay and my destination was a funeral. (Dont know who}This boat looked like old hotel inside(a lot of wood)Many of my family members were inside this boat,including a dead uncle standing in a black suit next to another of my uncles that is still alive. All dressed in black suits.As we were ready to leave the shore,water ripples started rocking the boat;first very little then pretty agressively. We left the port and set sail. The ride was a rough one but then we arrived to another docking bay and the waters where dead calm.For some reason I believed we were late,so as soon as we docked ,I got out of this boat first and next was one of my aunts (shes alive)And started walking towards the funeral home. Then,I was awakened by my daughter.
    Second dream last night.
    Here we go again. For the second time in who knows how many years,I have just had my second Vivid dream. This time I had a neighbor that has passed away a few years back knocking at my door. I opened the door for him and I am shocked to see him because I thought he was dead. But we don’t talk and I don’t ask. He just turned around and walks down my stairs to some form of garage. It’s not my garage. In this garage there are two white owls very calm, very peaceful just looking at us. All of a sudden I see my wife poking the back of my neighbor through a wooden fence. Then she comes around and joins us. I mention how nice the owls are, and I pet them. Then I tried to pick up one of them and it bites my finger. Not too hard, but hard enough to let me know it doesn’t like to be picked up. Then I caught a massive leg cramp and I woke up with an actual leg cramp. Somebody’s really trying to tell me something, but damn, got to make this clear…..

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 21, 2019 at 2:57 pm

      Your first dream may be a reflection of your knowledge related to death. Death is often a reflection of a change. Boats are indications of a desire for travel or freedom. Your second dream is also about death. It seems as though there is something that has recently chased in your life, and you may be interested in changing something about your life as well. Make a decision about what you want for your future, and take appropriate action. Have a great day, Gary!

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