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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    Sara

    January 26, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    I had a dream that my aunt who died a couple weeks ago, and had been sick in the hospital for almost a year and was expected to die at some point, the dream was that she ecscaped her hospital room and we were searching the hospital for her and the woods near the hospital then I woke up but does this have some kind of meaning

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      web admin

      January 26, 2020 at 7:31 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with your late aunt. The hospital and woods may be indication of your thoughts regarding her feelings of death. Ensure that this dream guides you to behave in a manner that will honor the memory of your aunt.

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    Kiana

    January 26, 2020 at 8:08 am

    I dreamed I was in my mother’s kitchen talking to Aaliyah (the singer who passed away) and she stared at me for a moment and her eyes were black. I felt a little panic and asked her was she okay. She said I’m fine I’m just hungry. She opens the pan on the stove and eats a lobster tail, and washes her hands. She said yeah I was just hungry, and she looked normal again. Then we continue talking and I walk into the living room to grab a photo album, and she sits onto the couch. When I turn to her, I see myself floating above the couch with a full pregnant belly with one palm up and one palm down and my legs crossed. I have been up since 5:55 am googling what this could mean. I woke up as soon as I saw myself looking at myself.

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      web admin

      January 26, 2020 at 8:02 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with this artist that you appreciate. Seeing yourself within the dream is an indication of of your desire to look inward. Introspection will help you navigate your life, as this will help you determine what course of action is appropriate.

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    Madison

    January 25, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    my grandma passed about a week ago and i had a dream that she kept dying and dying over and over again and then she was alive and tried to sell the house that we lived in and asked me to get her things get her this and that. i don’t know what it’s suppose to mean. i can’t believe any of this

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      web admin

      January 25, 2020 at 10:13 pm

      Your subconscious mind is just struggling to accept the fact that she has passed on. You have gone through a major trauma, so it only makes sense that your subconscious mind may struggle to adjust initially. Sometimes, people dream about a deceased loved one years later because a traumatic event like this can be extremely difficult to adjust to.

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    Lisa

    January 25, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    I had a dream with my ex that passed away last year. In the dream he was riding an alligator. I told him he was crazy n looking to get killed. He said it’s not bad at all come n try it. I said hell no n woke up. What does that mean

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 25, 2020 at 9:33 pm

      He probably appeared just because you miss him. The risks he took in the dream may just be due to your subconscious realizing that no danger or life-or-death threat can really harm him anymore.

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    Liliana

    January 25, 2020 at 7:51 am

    I had a dream with my ex boyfriend’ s mom who died of alcoholism. I didn’t have a relationship with her at all. I dated her son when I was 18. We are still friends and we are both close to our 50’s. She died a few hrs ago. In the dream, she looked really good. We hugged for a long time and then talked. She had just moved to a new place. I also saw one of my friends dad in the dream. He was there helping my exes mother out with things. He never spoke to me. When I finally got his attention, he said hello and told me he thought I looked familiar. He is currently battling an alcohol and drug addiction, too. I also like to drink. It’s nit all time but I do indulge. I wonder if this dream was meant for me to stop. In this dream one person is dead and was an alcoholic and the other person is currently alive and is an alcoholic, too. Then there is me and I also drink!

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      web admin

      January 25, 2020 at 9:45 pm

      Dreams typically reflect your subconscious mind, so it is possible your subconscious mind (like your conscious mind) sees the connection and is afraid that drinking will lead to problems later in your life. It is always possible that the dream was also just a sign that you should drink less. Some recent meta-studies have looked at all of the current research on alcohol consumption, and it seems like any amount of alcohol consumed (not just excessive amounts) actually raises your risk of cancer, stroke and other chronic diseases.

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    Liliana Cruz

    January 25, 2020 at 7:51 am

    I had a dream with my ex boyfriend’ s mom who died of alcoholism. I didn’t have a relationship with her at all. I dated her son when I was 18. We are still friends and we are both close to our 50’s. She died a few hrs ago. In the dream, she looked really good. We hugged for a long time and then talked. She had just moved to a new place. I also saw one of my friends dad in the dream. He was there helping my exes mother out with things. He never spoke to me. When I finally got his attention, he said hello and told me he thought I looked familiar. He is currently battling an alcohol and drug addiction, too. I also like to drink. It’s nit all time but I do indulge. I wonder if this dream was meant for me to stop. In this dream one person is dead and was an alcoholic and the other person is currently alive and is an alcoholic, too. Then there is me and I also drink!

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 25, 2020 at 9:45 pm

      Dreams typically reflect your subconscious mind, so it is possible your subconscious mind (like your conscious mind) sees the connection and is afraid that drinking will lead to problems later in your life. It is always possible that the dream was also just a sign that you should drink less. Some recent meta-studies have looked at all of the current research on alcohol consumption, and it seems like any amount of alcohol consumed (not just excessive amounts) actually raises your risk of cancer, stroke and other chronic diseases.

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    Josie dickens

    January 25, 2020 at 6:46 am

    One of my friends from school passed away 16 months ago and I’ve had a dream about him where the whole situation happened over again except in my dream I was there to see it. But that dream was closer to when he actually passed. last night on the 24th I had another dream. My friend Lawrence passed away on the 24th of September 2018 from a car wreck. The dream was about us all celebrating his life and having a party but when we left the party two of his closest friends passed away in a wreck. And I remember seeing “Colossians 2:2” somewhere in my dream. and in my dream, TWO of his closest friends passed away and we were celebrating TWO years of Lawrence passing. It’s kinda odd to me that the verse numbers were “2:2”. I woke up and looked it up and it says “Colossians 2:2, ESV: “that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery” I just don’t understand. please help me out and give me some peace.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 25, 2020 at 9:49 pm

      It seems like your subconscious mind is trying to come to terms with your loss, and this dream occurred for that reason. While it is possible that you are receiving some kind of sign, it’s also quite likely that your subconscious is just struggling to make sense of what has happened.

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    Vanessa

    January 24, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    I’ve had two people, who don’t know each other, tell me that I died in their dream. They both dreamt this the same night and told me the following day. What does it mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 25, 2020 at 10:01 pm

      Death is often a sign of transformation, so perhaps these people just sense that you are working toward some goal or have some kind of change approaching in your waking life. Unless you are prone to risk-taking, I highly doubt that you are dying in the near future.

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    Sophie

    January 23, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    I’ve had a dream about my grandad that passed in November, it was like I was re living the whole week of him passing, why?! What does this mean!? Was horrible.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 24, 2020 at 11:31 am

      The death of your grandfather certainly has influenced your dreams, and this dream could have appeared due to the strength of your shared emotional connection. Honor his memory by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.

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    Dionte

    January 23, 2020 at 8:02 am

    I had a dream that my deceased girlfriend popped up in a picture with me and my new girlfriend but I was in the picture twice and it was for a split second I seen her then I woke up and I could feel her presence in the room with me can someone please explain to me what it means

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      Dionte

      January 23, 2020 at 8:07 am

      Also might I add me and my new girlfriend was taking a picture and when the picture was taking my deceased girlfriend was in the picture with us

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        web admin

        January 23, 2020 at 4:07 pm

        It sounds like your subconscious mind is gradually starting to recognize that you have moved on to a new girlfriend and your old girlfriend is deceased.

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      web admin

      January 23, 2020 at 4:04 pm

      It means you miss her, and your subconscious mind is trying to understand where she has gone. While you consciously know what happened to her, your subconscious mind is still trying to work through all of these feelings and figure out where she went. This kind of dream can happen for months or years after someone passes on as the subconscious mind tries to heal.

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    Abbie Parker

    January 23, 2020 at 12:07 am

    • possible trigger to some •
    I recently had a dream about my brother, nan, and a family dog that have all passed away. But it wasn’t a nice dream, someone I didn’t know made me dig up their graves and hold the bones? I was scary and horrible, but all these people passed away like 10 years ago(ish).

    Then last night I had a dream about my father killing himself (he’s still alive) but I haven’t had a relationship with him for years.
    What could they both mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 24, 2020 at 11:43 am

      The first aspect of your dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with your late family members, and their bones could be a sign that you would like to reconnect with them. The second dream is about death, which is often a symbol of change. You are aware that your relationship with your father has ended.

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