What Does It Mean When You See Dead Persons Alive In Your Dreams?

By on April 24, 2018

At one point or another, the majority of us have wound up dreaming about a dead person. It may have been a loved one that recently passed away, a friend that we held dear in our hearts that left long ago, or perhaps even a public figure who left this earth and now appears to be visiting us in our dreams.

This phenomenon of dreaming about a deceased person can go one of two ways, or perhaps both at the same time. First and foremost, you’re going to fear excited, especially if you’re seeing a loved one whom you thought would never cross paths with you again. You may also feel a bit of fear- why is this dead person showing up in my dreams, alive? What could it possibly mean? Well, let’s dive in- shall we?

What Do Dreams About Dead People Mean

You Miss Them

Perhaps the most obvious reason why you may end up dreaming about a dead person is simply because you miss them; in fact, you probably miss them terribly. And while you never thought you’d see them again in your lifetime, having them show up in your dreams is the next best thing- and you’re going to feel happy about it and like you’ve reached a point of ‘peace’ by seeing their face or hearing their voice one last time.

You may also be thinking about this person often, and thinking about things leaves a ‘stain’ in your subconscious that will most likely spring up while you’re asleep. But whether or not they’ve been on your mind, them showing up in your dream will give you one last chance to say your goodbyes or simply spend time with them one more time.

They Have a Message for You

Some people (and some cultures) truly believe that a dead person visiting your dream has a specific message for you, and you need to follow it. 

It is believed that a dead person coming back with a message is something you truly need to hear but won’t do for yourself. For example, if this person is telling you that you need to move on from a boyfriend/girlfriend or perhaps a career and you won’t do it for yourself, their guidance may sway you to finally make that change.

While you don’t necessarily have to listen to this deceased individual, some cultures believe that not listening will bring you a lot of suffering and pain in the future. However, every case is different and you must decide for yourself if you are going to listen to their advice or warning, or go about your daily life the way you want.

You’re in Disbelief, Stuck in the Past

When a person passes away it is truly a terrible thing. It is one of the most heartbreaking and torturous situations a person can go through, and there’s nothing we can do about it. That’s why it is not uncommon or unheard of for someone to be in utter disbelief about the death and refuse to accept it. 

By not accepting this person’s fate, you’re opening up a world of torment for yourself. This state of shock and disbelief will not help you in your day to day life, so having this dead person visit you in your dreams may give you a bit of closure. After their visit, you may finally be able to believe that it’s real, but you’ll see this person again one day.

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A Sign of Good Fortune

A lot of people also believe that seeing a dead person in your dreams is a sign of great fortune! It can mean something wonderful is about to happen that will change your life forever, such as a marriage, a new baby in the family, a promotion in your job, or something else that will bring you great happiness. 

Every Dream is Different

It is important to remember that every dream is different. If you have a dream about a dead person you need to take note of what the person says to you, what the two of you end up doing, and whether or not this person is happy or sad. Remembering your dream and everything that occurred with this individual will help you determine whether this was just a fun visit, or if they have a warning or some type of advice for you.

Have you ever had a dream about a dead person? What happened in your dream? Did they have any amazing advice or fun things to talk about? We’d love to hear all your dreams and see if we can help determine what it was all about.

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    Sandy Nguyen

    March 22, 2020 at 11:22 am

    I had a dream that my bf who passed away suddenly last year was alive again. But it wasn’t a pleasant dream. First scene he was alive and we were having dinner, he went to the restroom and never came out. To find out something had happened to him and we were rushed to the hospital. Then last night I had another dream that he was alive and we were celebrating him coming back alive, then something happened again and he left us. I’m so confused and want to know what these dreams mean.

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 25, 2020 at 1:54 pm

      Your dream is a manifestation of your emotional relationship with your late boyfriend. His passing certainly was a traumatic experience for you. The events in your dream may be related to your knowledge of his death. Honor his memory by sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life.

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    Tammy Hawkins

    March 19, 2020 at 8:47 am

    I have had two dreams if my dead husband coming back to life. In my dreams I feel he has faked his death. What kind of message could this be.

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      web admin

      March 19, 2020 at 9:13 pm

      The dreams most likely reflect how much you love him and miss him. He faked his death in the dream because your subconscious had to explain a logical reason why he could be alive. While it might not be the same as seeing him in your waking life, at least the dream allowed you to be around him again for just a little while.

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    Jennifer

    March 16, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    I always dream of my late immediate younger sis.
    But today I just had a dream of me being in my family house and then someone who happened to be my grandpa was just protecting me from people trying to kill me, he actually killed them, while some killed their self. And my late sis was there to assist him, she also gave me a sword to protect myself in the dream. I saw a dog, a female dog trying to come close to me, my sister told me to use the knife and protect myself in case the dog tries to attack me. I don’t know what this means I’m just curious. Two of my late loved ones protecting and fighting for me and giving me something to protect my self with

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 19, 2020 at 9:34 pm

      The dream seems to show that you wish your loved ones from the past could still be around you today to provide you with protection and support. Often, memories of our loved ones return to us whenever we need them the most, so perhaps you just feel in need of some added support in your waking life right now.

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    Dreamer

    March 12, 2020 at 5:53 am

    My boyfriend was shot and killed in a robbery . He was flew back to Jerusalem to be buried. When I got back home from the hospital i have three dreams. First I was on my knees crying it was kinda cloudy dark and I was a kind of happy and sad at the same time I had never felt before. Then I see in front of me water and blood rolling down a muddy hill side. I look up and see two feet nailed to the cross. I wake up. In tears….the next two nights i dreamt of Mohammad he told me he loved me but if I didnt let him go he couldn’t go….my last dream I was walking through a parking lot and I seen Mohammad I yell oh my god ur okay ur alive and he turned and looked at me and I’m okay dont worry about me I’m okay ……that was it I smell the gel they put in his hair at the funeral home…I smell it in the wind only once or twice. Mohammad died in 2005. And is living in heaven I belive

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      web admin

      March 12, 2020 at 12:12 pm

      The first dreams shows your subconscious mind is trying to accept what has happened. In the second dream, your subconscious seems to realize that you have to let him go so that you and he can actually move on. The third dream seems to show that you wish you could still have him in your life, although you still realize that he isn’t actually able to be with you anymore. While years have passed since his death, it is only natural that you would miss him because you still have memories of being with him. Even after years or decades, many people continue to dream about loved ones who have passed on in life.

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    Rachel

    March 12, 2020 at 5:52 am

    My boyfriend was shot and killed in a robbery . He was flew back to Jerusalem to be buried. When I got back home from the hospital i have three dreams. First I was on my knees crying it was kinda cloudy dark and I was a kind of happy and sad at the same time I had never felt before. Then I see in front of me water and blood rolling down a muddy hill side. I look up and see two feet nailed to the cross. I wake up. In tears….the next two nights i dreamt of Mohammad he told me he loved me but if I didnt let him go he couldn’t go….my last dream I was walking through a parking lot and I seen Mohammad I yell oh my god ur okay ur alive and he turned and looked at me and I’m okay dont worry about me I’m okay ……that was it I smell the gel they put in his hair at the funeral home…I smell it in the wind only once or twice. Mohammad died in 2005. And is living in heaven I belive

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 12, 2020 at 12:12 pm

      The first dream shows your subconscious mind is trying to accept what has happened. In the second dream, your subconscious seems to realize that you have to let him go so that you and he can actually move on. The third dream seems to show that you wish you could still have him in your life, although you still realize that he isn’t actually able to be with you anymore. While years have passed since his death, it is only natural that you would miss him because you still have memories of being with him. Even after years or decades, many people continue to dream about loved ones who have passed on in life.

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    Paul Donald

    March 7, 2020 at 5:25 am

    I just had a dream at mid day. My best friend growing up who was my friend from childhood passed on about five years ago. Seeing him in my dream, I was so happy to see him and I explained to him how hard it was for me when he died, I even told him how painful it was to me and that I even fell ill because of his demise. That’s all I can remember clearly about the dream.

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 12, 2020 at 9:15 pm

      Sometimes, people pass on before we have a chance to talk to them and tell them how we feel. Judging from the sound of your dream, it sounds like your subconscious mind wanted a chance to talk to your best friend and tell him everything you felt about him. Even if it isn’t the same as being around him in real life, it is good to finally get all of these things off of your chest and be with him for a little while.

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    Gourav

    March 6, 2020 at 6:56 am

    My former colleague passed away a few months ago. Yesterday, I saw the office where we( the deceased person and I) have world together in the past. I see in my dream that I am into that office and He is sitting on a desk. I surprisingly asked him if you are here alive then why your relatives posted your death news on social media… Please respond.

    Moreover, I have seen other deceased persons randomly in my dream but never that person speaks or reply to my questions, not even a single time.

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 12, 2020 at 9:35 pm

      Your subconscious mind may just be trying to come to terms with your loss. These dreams may just reflect the fact that you don’t really feel like he has gone because it seems like he is still a part of your work life in some way. With time, your subconscious mind will finally be able to understand and come to terms with his loss.

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    Desiree Spies

    March 4, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    I dreamt about my cousin who passed away many years ago. She was with someone I know,but she never knew this person in her living lifetime. The living woman had pink colour in her hair and my cousin asked the living woman to put pink into her hair as well.We were all at a shopping mall later in the dream and we all seemed very happy,myself included in the dream, and even my husband was with us at the shopping mall.I seem to be driving my car on a narrow bridge at a time in this dream

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 4, 2020 at 7:49 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your late cousin. The pink hair could be a sign of a change that you are interested in making in your life, though that change may not be related to hair color. The bridge could be a sign that you are following a path that may be difficult to change. Take this time to determine what you want for your future, and you will draw positive people and energy into your life.

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    D

    March 3, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    I just dreamed of my brother who passed away about almost a year ago after a couple of years of battling cancer.. It’s been taking me a while trying to move forward without him.

    In in my dream, I was so happy that he was alive. But he was lying down in patient bed (but not in a hospital setting) like he just had a surgery, with eyes closed, his left leg was really swollen and had a dressing on the left side of his head.

    What does it all mean??

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 3, 2020 at 2:53 pm

      The fact that you were happy he was alive means a part of your subconscious mind realizes that he shouldn’t actually be alive at the moment. This means your subconscious mind is coming to terms with the idea that he has passed on. The injuries in the dream are most likely there because of how sick he was at the end of his life. Actually seeing him in the dream is because you wish you could see him in your waking life, even if that is not actually possible now.

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    Angelina Hernandez

    February 29, 2020 at 10:52 am

    I used to take care of an elderly lady and she passed away because she was very sick I had a dream that I went to the hospital where she passed away at and she was actually alive and she asked me to take her home and I said no I can’t you can’t walk and she actually got up and started walking and I took her and she had no clothes so I made a dress out of paper and I took her to her sisters and her sister said I thought you have passed away I threw away everything I’m sorry

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 29, 2020 at 9:45 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your late friend and your knowledge of her passing. When someone comes back to life within a dream, it may be a sign that you feel that you wanted to communicate with her. The paper clothing is a sign of your care for her. Honor her memory by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.

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    Amor Barri

    February 29, 2020 at 2:08 am

    My uncle who’s been the father for us since we’re little. He died last February 2018.
    It was so sudden and unexpected.
    Last night I saw him in my dream alive. And he’s happy seeing me. When I asked him what does he want to do while he can still be with us again. (Everyone Knows dat he’s been back from da grave)
    And he answered, “I want to eat everyday in a hotel with lots of food on the table”. And I told him okay no problem.
    He even want to come with me here in Saudi Arabia when we go back from Philippines. Kind of confused what’s the meaning of it. Please enlighten me. Thank you in advance

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 29, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      The presence of your late uncle within your dream is a reflection of the strong emotional connection that the two of you shared. His statements may be indications of his behaviors during his life, and it is clear that you wanted to make him happy. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will honor his memory.

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        Jhom Tolentino

        March 6, 2020 at 4:02 pm

        I dreamed about my late boyfriend thrice. He died last January 23,2020. First, the night after his death (January 24,2020) I saw him in my dreams, he’s far away but I am very sure he’s my boyfriend. He stared at me then he smile. Second, Last February 10,2020. In my dream, it’s so very light but it makes me calm. In that dream, I am very happy because I though he was still alive. Two women in white greeted him. He touched his left ear and said his name. I don’t know what they were talking about but I think it was fun and the freshness of his face seemed like no problem. When I greeted him, I held his ear as what the two women did. Then I called his name, I hugged him tightly and he hugged me too. It’s kinda before the accident feels. I thought that accident was going to happen so I grabbed his face and looked into his eyes. I said, don’t go. Then, he smiled. He said, Four .. he didn’t say everything because I repeated don’t go. Then he looked at me and then smiled and laughed. Third, last night. I miss him so much that I still cry everyday. Last night I was wearing the shirt he had given me as well as hugging the stuff toy that he had given me. In my dream, we were in an old house, then a old woman came to me but I didn’t know her. Then, as I looked around the old house I saw him outside. I couldn’t see his face so I called his and he looked at me.I knew I saw him. Until now, I still can’t accept that he’s gone because it’s so sudden and unexpected. He died due to motor accident. Please, can you help me. Please, enlighten me.

        • web admin

          web admin

          March 12, 2020 at 9:23 pm

          The dreams seem to show how much you miss him. You lost your boyfriend in an incredibly traumatic, unexpected way. Unlike illnesses, no one expects a motor accident to happen. It only makes sense that your subconscious mind would struggle to accept your loss. These dreams seem to be your subconscious mind’s way of making sense of everything that has happened. Each dream is a chance for you to tell him how you feel and reconnect with him, which was taken from you in real life. While I’m sure that there is a great deal of sadness that comes with these dreams, you can use them to tell your boyfriend how you feel and come to terms with what has happened.

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    deycallme balance Blaze

    February 28, 2020 at 2:17 am

    I had a dream and i saw my dead dog playing with me,the dream was so real.what dies it means

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 28, 2020 at 5:14 pm

      Perhaps you miss having that feeling of friendship, love and loyalty that you had when your dog was alive. He (or she) appeared in your dream because you needed those qualities in your waking life. You may also miss being around your deceased puppy.

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    Ronshalay Thomas

    February 25, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Hi i had a dream that my deceased mother came back alive but she called it a vacation. She came up to her room that i took over after her death. She told me i needed to clean up and pull it together. I woke up with my heart racing and i felt as if she was had just left when i opened my eyes.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 25, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      This dream is a manifestation of your emotional relationship with your mother. You may feel that her behaviors within the dream are related to how the two of you interacted during your life. Your racing heart could be a sign of your deep care for her. Ensure that you share your positive energy with the world, as this will help you honor her memory.

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    Emma Bond

    February 25, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    My mum recently passed away In November and I had a dream last night she came back to life. Felt so real what does this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 25, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      This dream was a manifestation of the strength of the emotional relationship that you share with your late mother. Her returning to life could be an indication that you wish to communicate with her again. Such experiences within dreams are often reflections of your knowledge of change, and you may find that you are navigating this time in your life. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will honor the memory of your mother.

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    Lecia

    February 21, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    My husband died after a long illness in 2012. I remarried in 2014 and we are very happy. I frequently have a dream that my deceased husband is alive and we are doing things together with our kids. Last night, in the dream he proposed to me. I was very uncomfortable and told him I was remarried now, and happy, and that I could not marry him. He cried and said, “why didn’t you tell me”? It was a very sad dream and when I awoke, I was so relieved that it was only a drea,.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 25, 2020 at 4:51 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your late husband. It is clear that he cared deeply for you and for your children. His reaction was simply a manifestation of various aspects of your life, so allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Honor the memory of him by nourishing your relationships with your children.

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    Roche

    February 21, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    I had a friend who had just passed away before 1 month and today in my dream i saw he and i we boht were laughing too much….what does that mean ??

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 25, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      Your dream is a manifestation of your emotional relationship with your late friend. The laughter within the dream is a sign of your shared experiences. Ensure that this dream guides you in a positive direction. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will help you honor the memory of your friend.

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    Isaac

    February 20, 2020 at 1:49 am

    I dreamt of my older friend coming back to life in my dream and I asked him what happened before now and he said my mother ask him to come back to life.. And I cried of missing him so much and we hugged and having nice conversations together.. But my mum is alive and my wife is pregnant too.. So what is the meaning please.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 25, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with your late friend. It is possible that your relationships with your mother and wife have impacted these dreams. You will honor the memory of your friend by sharing your positive energy with everyone in your life. If you notice that your child has similar behaviors as your friend did during his life, then allow those experiences to guide you in a positive direction.

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    J

    February 18, 2020 at 12:07 am

    I had a dream that my friend (quadriplegic) who passed returned but was much older and could now walk.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 18, 2020 at 7:10 pm

      The dream may just show what you wish would happen. It is also possible that your subconscious believes that your friend is in a better place where the disability is no longer present.