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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    October 1, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    I keep having dreams about an old man(the landlord)of the house I grew up in as a child.Please help understand this dream

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    September 15, 2019 at 10:29 am

    My uncle’s son died at a young age from leukemia and left three children, maybe one ore two weeks later I had a dream I was with some cousins and I couldn’t see him but I could hear him say why did you turn your back on me, and it’s stuck in my head ever since, cause he was someone who was really precious to me and my family, he was always there when I needed him so his death really broke our hearts and I never once thought about turning my back on him cause we owe him a lot, I own him a lot, plus he was a cheerful person and probably one of the most treasured people to me.
    Also a few days before him dying I saw a dream of him, his wife and kids coming to visit us, but I keep thinking it’s because he kept saying that after his sickness is gone he will come visit us, cause his kids love coming to visit us.

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      web admin

      September 15, 2019 at 8:20 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with your cousin and his children. You didn’t turn your back on anyone, though your feelings of uncertainty may have caused this negative interaction to appear in your dream. If you feel that there is something that you need to do to honor his memory, then do so. Nourish your relationships with his children, if possible, by spending additional time with them in person. Have a great day, Layla!

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    Anna lopez

    September 15, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Keep having dreams with a famous rapper who recently passed

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      web admin

      September 15, 2019 at 7:42 pm

      The rapper within your dream is likely someone who you appreciate or feel a connection with. It is possible that you feel that there was something that you would have liked to have communicated with this rapper. You will honor their memory by sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Anna!

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    September 14, 2019 at 8:22 am

    I had a dream about my friend who’s younger brother died a few years ago. The last time I saw her was at the funeral and shortly after his passing. In my dream she was calling all of her friends to come around and support her and it was because her brother was still alive (in my dream) and had died all over again (but for the first time, in my dream) Even though he died several years ago, everything in my dream felt so real and emotional. I woke up in the middle of the night and felt strongly that I should reach out to her. When I did the following day she said she was doing well and didn’t seem to have anything of significance to talk about. What could this dream mean?

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      web admin

      September 14, 2019 at 9:10 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your social relationship with your friend and her brother. Her behaviors in the dream may be an indication of she behaved when he brother first passed. You reached out her her, which is a positive decision on your partner. Whenever the two of you speak in the future, ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Candace!

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