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.

What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone Who Is Already Dead?2

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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    Wheng A.

    March 17, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Hi, I had a dream that my brother passed away but the reality is he passed away almost 6 years ago. I dreamed the same scenario which happened 6 years ago. but this time I saw other people in my dream present in my brother funeral. Can you tell me what is the meaning of that dream. Thanks

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      web admin

      March 17, 2019 at 9:43 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with your late brother. His death appeared in your dream because of how the experience influenced your life. It is possible that something reminded you of his which caused this dream to appear. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will help you honor the memory of your brother. Have a great day, Wheng!

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    Bhoopi

    March 14, 2019 at 3:26 am

    I lost my brother start of this month (march 19), in hospital, he was getting treatment of blood cancer. I was with him 24*7 during whole period even when he passed away.
    After the death they send the body for embalming and after that we did Cremation at our native place but now i do see my brother daily in my dream.. He comes in dreams with embalming and looks ok but didn’t speak.
    He just watches me.
    At that time(in dream) i think i could have done something to save him. What does it means.

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      web admin

      March 14, 2019 at 7:58 pm

      Your dreams are reflections of your strong relationship with your late brother. During your dreams, his lack of communication and his embalmed qualities are manifestations of your knowledge of his death. Within your dream, you may have felt as though there was something that could have been done to save him, but it is simply a desire that manifested within your dream. You can honor his memory by sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Bhoopi!

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    Arshi

    March 13, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    I dreamt of my maternal uncle who passed away almost 3 months ago… in the dream it was again his funeral but he was moving… and it was weird since he walked himself to his grave… he was possesed.. what’s with this dream??

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      web admin

      March 14, 2019 at 7:54 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your relationship with your late uncle. Your feelings of his behaviors and possessions may be indications of various interactions that you had with him during your life. Ensure that your dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will honor the memory of your uncle. Have a great day, Arshi!

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    Melissa

    March 12, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    My fiance had a dream 2 nights in a row about my grandmother. She passed 6 months ago and he saw her once. She raised me and I see her as my mom.

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      web admin

      March 12, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      Your fiance’s dream is a reflection of his emotional connection with you and his awareness of your connection with your late grandmother. This is a sign that he cares deeply for you. He will find great benefit in spending additional time with you in person, as this will strengthen your relationship. Have a great day, Melissa!

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    christy

    March 12, 2019 at 10:26 am

    pls is also had a dream where a friend of mine gave birth to a set of twins boy ..xo i wen to visit her …to my surprise she we in my secondary school rum cuz i went to a boarding sch ..she was in one of d rums where d senior student where suppose to stay it ws like me too i came from another hostel too …i carried one of d twin …dey where xo cute …..pls i dnt understand me still dreaming of secondary school . and twins bin born …

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      web admin

      March 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      Dreams that take place in schools may be signs of your memories of childhood or of social relationships that you made at that school. The twins may be a sign that you are interested in having children, or you may know someone who is thinking about childbirth. This dream is also about your friend, so you may find benefit in strengthening this relationship by spending additional time with your friend. Have a great day, Christy!

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    Lynnette

    March 12, 2019 at 4:07 am

    Hello,

    I dreamt about my late grandmother, who passed April 2003 & my bestie who passed, Jan 2013. We were in a house, not familiar to me, yet if felt warm. My Grandmother and Bestie, were both talking light heartedly, smiling and laughing amongst ourselves. There were candles, which seemed to me white and some of which purple in colour. My grandmother told me not to leave them behind, that I’m to take them when I leave , to return home. I remember thinking , what’s it about, I didn’t feel pending doom or anything, on the contrary, it was a warm feeling in the pit of my stomach ….. I think of them a lot on a regular and often cry, when I do with tears of joy and happiness, plus much positivity. My grandmother’s, mother (My great grandmother), was very spiritual and a couple of us have inherited that. somewhat….. Please cn you tell me what it may be? ~smiles~

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      web admin

      March 12, 2019 at 8:21 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your social and emotional relationships with your late friend and grandmother. The positive energy and reminder of your great grandmother are indications of the purpose of this dream. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will honor the memories of your friend, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Have a great day, Lynnette!

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    christy milan

    March 9, 2019 at 2:28 am

    I dreamt about very close friend two days ago who is late since 2014..in d dream we where walking to church and I was talking to her buh she didn’t respond all she does is smile ..we got to d church buh we didn’t go in n service was on we sat outside n my pastor walked to where I and my late frd sat. point to .e n said u u u like he wsnt sounding happy d next tin he said we go n get me card so I quickly ran to a close by store bought it n gave hm he held n den smiled he went inside d church leaving us outside den I woke up pls WT could dis mean

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      web admin

      March 10, 2019 at 4:29 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your close relationship with your late friend. Your religious beliefs seem to have manifested in this dream as well. Your positive behavior in your dream is a sign of how you should behave in your waking life. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will honor the memory of your friend. Have a great day, Christy!

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    Milan

    March 9, 2019 at 2:07 am

    please I really don’t understand dis dream …I dreamt two days ago about a very close frd who died 2014…in d dream we where both walking to church I was talking to her n she wsnt replying all she does is to smile..on getting to church ..I discovered DT we didn’t go inside buh we sat outside n I don’t know y ..xo my pastor walked outside n ws like u u ..which is me ..and d next tin he said was DT I shud go get hm recharge card of which I quickly went to buy n gave hm he jus smile n left xo I was still sitting outside wit my late frd and service is going on inside the church ..pls I nid to know d meaning …thank u very much

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      web admin

      March 9, 2019 at 7:42 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your late friend. The presence of the church could be a manifestation of your religious influences. The behaviors of your friend in your dream could be a sign of your knowledge of her behaviors during her waking life. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will honor her memory. Have a great day, Milan!

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    Nickke

    March 4, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    I had a dream last night that my boyfriend that pass two weeks ago came to have sex with me what does that mean

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      web admin

      March 5, 2019 at 7:22 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your social and emotional relationship with your late partner. His behaviors during your dream are likely manifestations of his behaviors during your waking life. It is certainly possible that you were thinking about your physical relationship with him. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will ensure that you honor his memory. Have a great day, Nickke!

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    Liliana

    March 3, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    I friend of mine dreamed with my deceased mom and my self both of us standing on a hill and both of us dressed in white. Does it mean I’m going to die? Is she coming for me? Now I’m scared .

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 4, 2019 at 8:40 am

      When you love someone, it is only natural that they would reappear in your dream from time to time. The white clothes and position on the hill may just represent a desire to be where your mother is in the afterlife. It does not mean that you are going to die. Most likely, it just reflects the fact that you love your mom and miss being around her all the time.

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        Liliana

        March 4, 2019 at 12:48 pm

        Thank you for your reply however this Was not my dream it’s a friends dream of my mom and me. I wonder what does it mean do you screen wasn’t even that close to my mom or me

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          web admin

          March 5, 2019 at 5:48 pm

          The dream of your friend is an indication of their relationship with you. The meaning of the dream is the same, though it takes on a different form because it was your friend’s dream. It is clear that your friend feels a strong connection with you. Allow this dream to influence you to strengthen this relationship. Have a great day, Liliana!

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    Sky

    March 3, 2019 at 9:23 am

    I had a dream where i was in a old church and in the sides of the second floor it was pitch black dark and a husband and wife came out of the left side and they had to do this somewhat spiritual thing to make sure that theyre not monsters but they turned into big squids and one of them killed 2 people on the first floor. The first floor contained 10 of my friends and a big swimming pool.

    6 of my friends were trying to kill me so i jumped into the pool and one of them shot me in the thigh and the other one shot in the head. I woke up in this hill with the fact that i was shot 6 times by 6 people and i knew who they were. Those people who were at the old church appeared one by one and we all when to this food store and we took some food and once we were leaving everyone disappeared except for me and in front of me was myself about to shoot me and then i woke up.

    Sorry that this is really long…

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      web admin

      March 4, 2019 at 8:36 am

      If you watch scary movies or television shows, then this dream is a reflection of that. Otherwise, the dream seems to show that you feel a sense of fear about the people around you. Instead of fearing some outside force, it seems that you are afraid that your friends and the people closest to you may not have your best interests at heart. The dream may be just random, but it also might be worthwhile to explore your feelings and your current life to see if here is a justification for these fears.

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    Wenden

    March 2, 2019 at 11:18 am

    My brother in law passed away this past August, at the age of 52. In the last 2 months, I’ve had dreams of him. He’s happy and we’ve had conversations; with me asking if he can hear what we say down here. He said “nah, God doesn’t allow that part.” I dreamed of him again this morning and he was laughing and standing at a parade. What can these mean?? Especially since my sister doesn’t have him appear in her dreams and wants to!

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      web admin

      March 4, 2019 at 8:08 am

      It is quite normal to dream about a family member or loved one after they pass away. While it is possible that he is trying to communicate with you, it is more likely that your subconscious mind misses his presence and created these dreams to comfort you. The dreams seem to show that you recognize that he has passed on, but you also wish that he was still around you in your waking life.

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    Kerrie simmonds

    March 1, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    O have had a dream about my husband who has recently passed away. Tje dream is hurtful by him cjeating on me. Telling me he loved me but not in love with me. That he had meet someone else. I’m devasted. It has added to my pain. It’s only been 14 weeks since he passed.

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      web admin

      March 2, 2019 at 8:44 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. His behaviors in your dream may be unrelated to his actions during his life. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media in the future. Avoid discussions about infidelity and harmful actions. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Kerrie!

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    Caroline Brimson

    February 26, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    I had a dream about my dad who passed 14 years ago, and in my dream he was alive but died again on his birthday, then I dreamed of my mum who passed 4 yr ago, but she was so alive in my dream, I would like to know what this means, to see my dad die twice was very heartbreaking, can u help

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      web admin

      February 27, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your emotional relationships with your parents. The repetition of these dreams could be a sign of the strength of the connection. There may be something in your life which reminds you of the death of your parents. Allow these dreams to influence you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Caroline!

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    Nasstasschja

    February 26, 2019 at 1:15 am

    I had a dream about taking a cold bath while my grandma who passed away a few weeks ago was sitting there talking with me, I wish i could remember what we talked about but i dont. I remember we were getting ready for 1 of her daughters wedding, and she was waiting for me to finish bathing so she could bathe, her white clothes she was going to wear were neatly folded on a chair in the bathroom and i was worried about getting them wet. What does this mean?

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      web admin

      February 26, 2019 at 12:18 pm

      Your dream may be a reflection of your emotional connection with your late grandmother. The wedding could be a sign of a change in your life. The bathing is also a symbol of spiritual change. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will honor the memory of your grandmother. Have a great day, Nasstasschja!

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    Kristina

    February 25, 2019 at 5:46 am

    I had a dream about standing in a balcony of a very tall building. In the corner of the balcony was standing my first boyfriend, who is dead. We were both naked. He was refusing to look at me or give me attention, like he was affraid of the figure inside the apartment that was attached to this balcony. I grabbed his hand and took him in my hug. His body was cold. In my real life he was abusive to me.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 25, 2019 at 9:32 pm

      This dream may be a reflection of your relationship with your late boyfriend. His abusive actions during his life could be manifested in your dream by his lack of communication. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Determine what you want for your future, and share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will help draw positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, Kristina!

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    Ricardo

    February 23, 2019 at 2:03 am

    I dreamt about my grandmother that I never met , some friends wanted to Skype with me a 2 good friends of mine and the person I like , love. And I was with my uncle (was his mother). I remember talking to my friends through Skype and they were saying that needed to show me something. They gave me some coins and she said that my grandmother could say hi or talk to us me and my uncle through that ( they were jumping ) like trying to communicate .
    I don’t talk with my uncle ( I cut connection with him , never met my grandmother . I saw the person I love but we don’t talk either she was using dreads and was so beautiful and the other two girls were with her . We were a group of friends in the summer.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 23, 2019 at 10:00 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of a wide range of emotional influences in your life. The mysterious people in your dream could be reflections of other people who may be in your life at this time or from your past. Allow this dream to influence you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will bring you many benefits in your future. Have a great day, Ricardo!

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    Achee

    February 22, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    I had a dream about my uncle who has passed away more than 20 years by me telling him that i do not like to stay here. Can someone tell me the reason why?

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 22, 2019 at 9:53 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your relationship with your late uncle. There may be a reason for the conversation that you have that could be related to events in your life. It is possible that your interaction could be related to conversations that you had during his life. Allow this dream to influence you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Achee!

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    Sunshine

    February 21, 2019 at 2:16 am

    I had a dream I was on a family trip with my husband and kid in Mississippi. My blood pressure got too high so the local hospital said they wasn’t equipped to handle the situation so they sent helicopter to take me to the nearest hospital. When I arrived to the hospital 3hrs later I was in Chicago. My mom, brother and grandma(all of them are deceased) were there waiting for me. Telling they would get me back to my kids and husband in Mississippi once I stabilized. I told my brother I need a flight back, he called my other brother. Then I died.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 21, 2019 at 7:28 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of the stress that may exist in your life at this time. Your late family members may have appeared in your dream as a reflections of your potential health concerns. Ensure that this dream guides you to spend additional time with your family members. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will ensure that you honor your family members. Have a great day, Sunshine!

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    michael dagostino

    February 19, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    i have had many dreams about my wife who passed away 2 years ago even where i am asking her do you know you are no longer here and she responds im here and there just keep talking to me but lately the dreams have been about me always looking for her not being able to reach her or find her or she wants to divorce me or ignores me and it saddens me

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 19, 2019 at 7:55 pm

      Your dreams are reflections of your emotional connection with your late wife. Her behaviors in your dream could be a sign of your knowledge that you are unable to communicate with her. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade, as these are not reflections of her feelings toward you. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Michael!

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        christy

        March 9, 2019 at 2:30 am

        please I really don’t understand dis dream …I dreamt two days ago about a very close frd who died 2014…in d dream we where both walking to church I was talking to her n she wsnt replying all she does is to smile..on getting to church ..I discovered DT we didn’t go inside buh we sat outside n I don’t know y ..xo my pastor walked outside n ws like u u ..which is me ..and d next tin he said was DT I shud go get hm recharge card of which I quickly went to buy n gave hm he jus smile n left xo I was still sitting outside wit my late frd and service is going on inside the church ..pls I nid to know d meaning …thank u very much

        • web admin

          web admin

          March 10, 2019 at 4:30 pm

          Your dream is a reflection of your close relationship with your late friend. Your religious beliefs seem to have manifested in this dream as well. Your positive behavior in your dream is a sign of how you should behave in your waking life. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will honor the memory of your friend. Have a great day, Christy!

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