Dreaming of someone who passed on could be startling, even if they were a loved one. Many people claim that such dreams could only occur if you had earlier thoughts about the dead person in your conscious awareness. Others say that such dreams come as a natural way of dealing with the emotions of losing someone. Well, the interpretations vary a lot. So what does it mean when you dream about someone who is already dead?
Though many people remain silent about such dreams, it is one of the most common ones experienced during sleep. You could dream that the person was calling you, standing beside you, communicating with you, or even eating with you! It is one of the dreams that always strike a question even after waking up. To understand their meaning, it is important to understand several factors. Read along and discover all the possible explanations of dreaming about dead persons.
Dreams About Dead People & Their General Meanings
Here are some generalized meanings that can be associated with all types of dreams about dead people:
You’re Still Mourning
Dreaming of a newly deceased person is your subconscious communicating that you’re not done grieving the person. Mourning the loss of a loved one can be a lengthy process, especially if death was not expected. It is a metaphor for how you are not dealing with your emotions during this time. That is why it is typical to have dreams repeatedly some few weeks and months after the burial.
You’ll need to stop hiding the sad emotions and deal with what you are feeling. It’s actually advisable to openly discuss your feelings about the deceased with some else. Opening up is a simple way of releasing any toxic or sad emotions that could be depressing you. And you’ll be amazed how there is always someone willing to listen and empathize with your situation. The dreams will disappear with time after your heart is completely healed from the loss.
End of a Life Stage
Dreams of deceased people do not always carry negative connotations. In some cases, the dream symbolizes the end of a phrase in life. It could be your conscious trying to get you ready for some life changes therefore predicting new techniques. Soon enough, you may get some sort of news that will sort you out.
And since the dream communicates the end of a stage, it also assures you the beginning of a new phrase. Your circumstances will change soon. If you can remember the emotions provoked by the dream, you will find it easy to connect the dream to the events in your life. For example, if you felt happy to have seen the person in the dream, you can expect a new season of joy.
Obstacles in Your Life
Death takes away life. And something dead is regarded useless since it cannot be useful. That is why we do not keep dead things around us; they form clutter and become obstacles in our environment. Think about the dead phone, laptop, TV, etc. The best you can do with dead things is separate from them, by throwing them away. Did you dream of a dead man inside a coffin? If yes, this might be representing the obstacles surrounding your life that limit progress.
You’ll agree that in such dreams, you were unable to remember the face of the deceased or if you do, they are people you do not know. Figuratively, that is a representation of the things in life that you need to separate yourself from and live a free life. It could be relationships, situations, or other associations. That way, you’ll feel ‘lighter’ and find it easy to soar higher with no distractions or obstacles.
Reviving Old Memories
Memories are not always sweet. We all have those events in life that we wouldn’t want to recall; it could be molestations, child abuse, domestic violence, abusive relationships, sexual harassments etc. Even though these things might have occurred some time back, remembering them brings pain and tears. When you are in such situations and you dream that you’re burying a dead person, it could mean that you’re trying to bury and forget these events in your life.
Unburning a coffin is associated with bringing sad memories back. You are the best interpreter of your dream. In such cases, you’ll need to evaluate your recent memories and flash out anything that disturbs your peace. The dream warns against harboring such memories in mind as they may cause depression or stress.
Some people still believe that the dead watch over them and will send communication to the living through dreams. Though this may sound as a superstitious interpretation, it is a vital aspect that we should never overlook. If you are at the crossroads and dream that the dead are smiling at you, it probably means that you’re about to make the right decision in life and you should go on.
Similarly, if you dream of seeing a deceased person happy and alive, it implies that they approve of your choices and actions. Others dream of the dead giving specific instructions. It’d be wise to consult a more knowledgeable or elderly person before performing these instructions.
Types of Dreams about People Who Have Already Died and Their Meanings
Dreams about the dead are prevalent occurrences. The departed people you are dreaming could be a subconscious projection of your unmet needs. However, we wouldn’t want to assume that this statement is applicable in every dream. The most important thing is collecting as much information as possible, so that you can put the pieces together and reflect how the dream applies to your life’s situation.
Following are some of the most common types of dreams about departed people. Read on and discover their meanings.
What does it mean when you dream that the deceased loved one has appeared in a different way?
Dreaming that the deceased has appeared in an unusual manner than the way you last saw them a comforting dream. It gives an assurance that they are resting well. The deceased may appear younger, healthier, or more vibrant than they did when they died. Often, you’ll see them smiling and looking happier than you could last remember them. All they are saying is that they are no longer suffering and you need to relax.
What does it mean when you dream that the deceased loved is watching you sleep?
Have you ever dreamt that someone who already dies is watching you? This dream could be one way that your loved one is using to assure you that they are nearby. When you awaken from the dream, you will have the sense that someone was watching over you. Or, you will feel like you were not alone in the room as you slept. Although this feeling could be disturbing, it should make you feel safer.
What does it mean when you dream that the deceased is talking to you?
Sometimes, you will dream that your deceased is speaking to you. Or, you might dream of only hearing their voice but not getting the sense of what they are communicating. If you are having such dreams, you will need to pay closer attention to the clues you’re receiving from the deceased. Often, the dead might be trying to warn you of an upcoming change or a harmful situation that is awaiting you.
Often, they will know that you are worried about something that is beyond your control. So, they will appear in your dream to give you directions or affirm that you’re about to make the wrong or right choice. If you can remember the exact words of the dream, it will be easier to connect the dots and understand the dream’s meaning.
What does it mean when you dream that the deceased is giving you something?
Are you suffering from the loss of a sole breadwinner in your life? It could be your parent, guardian, relative, child, etc. If you dream that the deceased is giving you something, it is an indication he/she was once a strong support system in your life.
You’ll also need to be keen in knowing the exact thing that was given in the dream. For instance, if the dead gave you a key, it means that you have all it takes to unlock any opportunities in life and be successful. If you were given a clean, white sheet, it might mean that the deceased desires that you continue living a pure and peaceful life.
What does it mean when you dream that the deceased is calling you?
This dream is considered the scariest one that you could ever encounter. It is a symbol of death. Figuratively, when a dead person is calling you, they are inviting you over to participate in their state. Therefore, the dream indicates that you are soon going to be in a deadly situation in your waking life. You may encounter serious health complications or a fatal accident leading to death. When having such dreams, you are to reject the call of the deceased, or else, you’ll be inviting the spirit of death in your life.
What Is the Spiritual Meaning of Dreams Concerning People Who Are Already Dead?
Dreams of people who are already dead could be messages from God. Spiritually, dreaming of being dead represents feelings of loss or total failure. Similarly, the fact that you’re dreaming of someone who is already dead in real life most likely reflects an aspect of your personality. It could be a reflection of your fear for change and difficulties in handling the transitions in life, example, getting married, giving birth, starting college, etc.
If these dreams are to take on more positive themes, they probably reflect positive transformations and changes that are likely to occur in your life. It could be the end of relationships, friendships, or other important aspects of your life.
What Is the Biblical Meaning of Dreams Concerning People Who are Already Dead?
If you can remember the deceased, look up the spiritual connotation of the deceased name, (the Hebrew roots), and read the biblical verses attached to it. Sometimes, that is what God is communicating to you. It may not be so much about the person, but what his/her name represents.
All in all, the bible indicates that there can be no association between the living and the dead. Ecclesiastes 9:5 says, “The dead are gone and soon they are forgotten.” and Isaiah 26:14 says, “…their departed spirit will not return!” That means, if you have such dreams, it might be a negative connotation and you’ll need to rebuke such.
Dream Interpretation About People Who are Already Dead
If you often dream about people who are already dead, it is time to sit down and ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you always thinking of or missing your deceased loved one?
- Are you trying to deal with your emotions during the difficult times of your life?
- Are you rushing into things and are unsure of the choices you’re about to make?
- Are you still questioning whether the ‘soul’ of your loved one rest in peace?
- Do you find it difficult to let go or setting yourself free from some form of entanglements?
- Do you feel extremely dissatisfied with yourself and regret that something in your past cannot be changed or corrected?
- Do you feel it’s time to let go of that relationship, home, or job?
- Do you feel that a part of you is neglected and dying?
- Are you undergoing some form of stress in your waking life?
- Do you feel like it’s time to change a social status in your life?
Dream Associations About People Who are Already Dead
Here is a summary of the positive and negative associations of dreams about people who are already dead:
- End of misery in your life
- The beginning of a new phrase of life
- Your deceased loved one has rested in peace
- Enlightenment in your decision, direction, or choice making
- Supernatural protection
- You are surrounded by people who dislike you
- Reviving the old and sad memories
- Regrets about your past that cannot be changed
- Obstacles in life
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