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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    March 23, 2020 at 4:51 am

    I had a dream last night about my grandmother. She has been gone for 5 years now but she frequently comes into my dreams. A lot of the times involving water. This dream was traumatic in a sense though. I was walking with her on docks in the bay and they were wobbly due to the current of the water. She fell in and I couldn’t lift her out of the water to save her. She drowned in my dream but when I was looking at her body, it wasn’t my grandmother, it was another elderly woman.

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      March 23, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      The dream may represent the desire to have your grandmother around you, or it may just represent the negative feelings you have about losing her. A lot of the dream seems to revolve around the sense of loss you felt before and an inability to change the situation. It is possible that this dream is primarily happening because you felt helpless when it came to saving her before, which is a natural feeling to have.

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    March 22, 2020 at 9:47 am

    My friend that I’ve known since high school passed away a few days after my birthday in October 2019. She developed complications from type 1 diabetes and passed away at 31 years young I wasn’t able to attend her funeral because no one told me but saw pictures and felt like I couldn’t have handled going fo it. My lights turned off randomly a few days after she passed and I found her obituary online stating she passed away. I’ve been having random nightmares / sleep paralysis or hallucinations whenever I wake up in the middle of the night lately.

    This is the first dream I’ve had of her since she’s passed that I can actually recall. We were in a white like room that seemed like a spa or restroom. She was acting like her normal self and upbeat and I started feeling uncomfortable like I knew she was actually gone , I even said it to her outloud asking her “‘are you gone? I thought you passed away. It’s ok if we talk but I know that your gone” her demeanor changed to where she was more serious and I reached for her and hugged her and started crying and she did too. I felt her chest against mine and I woke up feeling like maybe she’s in the room ( possible paralysis episode). I felt sad because that was the first time I’ve seen her and wanted to go back to sleep to see her but felt sad.

    • web admin

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      March 25, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      Sleep paralysis may be unrelated to these dreams, as it is a medical condition that you may want to address as soon as possible. The stress due to this medical condition may have influenced your dreams. It is clear that you care deeply about your late friend. You have not harmed her by missing her funeral, as you were unaware because no one told you about it. Honor her memory by sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life.

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    March 22, 2020 at 7:25 am

    My best friend died in a car accident when we were 15. It was the drivers fault. I was so depressed after it happened I had to start home schooling because I couldn’t stand walking the same halls that he used to. I loved him. He died in 2013 and last night 3/22/20 I dreamt that everyone we went to high school with was throwing a huge party to celebrate that he was back. He was back as the age that he would be now (22) But everyone was so nonchalant about it. I waited for things to calm down then made my way to find him and hug him, and when I did he whispered “I’m okay” in my ear and then I woke up. It was the most real thing I’ve ever felt. I could picture him perfectly. I tried to go back to sleep to see him again and I couldn’t.

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      March 25, 2020 at 2:11 pm

      This dream is a reflection of the strength of your emotional relationship with your late friend. It is clear that his passing greatly influenced your life. His presence within your dream is an indication of the deep care that you felt for each other. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will ensure that you honor the memory of your friend.

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    Patty Alarcon

    March 22, 2020 at 1:33 am

    My mom passed away 5 months ago, & every time I dream about her. We are always sitting down and eating. It can be in a backyard, house or etc. She looks so calm and happy. She did past away of stomach cancer and unfortunately the last weeks before she passed,she couldn’t eat at all. Her stomach wouldn’t hold anything.

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 25, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      Your dreams are reflections of your experiences with your mother during the end of her life. It is clear that you feel a strong emotional relationship with her. Her happiness within the dream could be a sign of her feelings toward you. Honor her memory by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.