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If I See a Dead Relative Alive in My Dream Again and Again, What Did It Mean?


Seeing a dead relative alive in your dream can leave you feeling disturbed. You are not sure why you keep seeing a dead relative alive in your dreams again and again. Are they trying to tell you something? Are they unhappy with the way they left the world? To dissect this dream, read on.

While dream interpreters have ascribed deeper meanings to dreams for thousands of years, scientists believe that dreams are just caused by random firings of neurons in your mind. Some psychologists also think that dreams represent the state of your subconscious mind. If this interpretation is true, then your dream may just be showing you how you feel. Perhaps there is something you wished you said for your loved one, or maybe you need to seek closure after they passed away. In many cases, this dream may just be caused by missing the relative. Your mind has not accepted your loss yet, so you keep dreaming about them over and over again.

Symbolic Meanings of Your Dreams

Among dream interpreters, this type of dream has other, hidden meanings. To figure out what your dream means, you have to dissect exactly what happened. What did your relative say? Did they seem happy or were they unwilling to accept their fate? Where were you in your dream?

In most dreams about dead relatives, the person seems to be still alive. Few people see their relative in the grave or as a ghost. Often, the relative is just cooking, eating or talking like they normally did in life. While it is easy to think that the relative is trying to communicate something deeper with you, this is not always the case. Sometimes, they appear in your dreams because you wish that you could have one more chance to talk to them and tell them how you feel.

Since you keep having these dreams again and again, you are actually luckier than most people. The next time you have this dream, ask your relative why they keep appearing. See if there is something that they wanted to tell you or a regret that they needed to express.

Alternatively, you may also want to figure out your own emotional state. You keep seeing your dead relative alive in your dreams again and again. This might be happening because there is something deeper that you wanted to tell them. Was anything left unsaid? Were you able to tell them how you feel before they died? If there is something that you wanted to tell them, you can plan it out and tell them in your next dream.

Dream Interpretations About Death

In Hindu mythology, a dead relative is said to appear for one reason: they didn’t get shanti or moksha. In other cultures, a departed family member is thought to appear if they need help in the afterlife. Perhaps there is some unfinished business that they have to express before they can move on.

Other cultures believe that the dead relative is trying to communicate something. They may feel guilty that they did not spend enough time with you while they were alive. He or she may also feel anxious about how you are handling life without them.

Take a Deep Breath and Meditate

To figure out what your dream means, spend some time in meditation. Most likely, your dream just reflects your loss. It is normal to dream about a dead relative for months or years afterward. Some people even have these dreams decades later. In many cases, these dreams just represent your loss and a desire to see your loved one again. Your dreams are created by your subconscious mind from your thoughts, memories, feelings and desires. It makes sense that you would have this dream over and over again because you cared about your relative greatly in life. Your subconscious mind is most likely trying to give you another chance to talk to your dead relative.

Your dreams are an opportunity though. If you have something that you left unsaid, you have a chance to say it now. Your dead relative can also become an inner voice that guides you. In life, your relative may have given you advice or support when you needed it. They may be appearing alive in your dreams because you have a subconscious need for support.

Whatever the reason, there is no reason to be afraid. Your relative loved you greatly when they were alive, so they are not in your dreams to bring harm or destruction. Your dreams are either a reflection of your subconscious mind or an attempt from your dead relative to help you. Either way, there is nothing to fear. The next time you have this dream, try talking to your relative, express your feelings and see what they have to say.


    • Dreams about death, especially dreams about people that you have a strong emotional connection with, are common. Allow the negative aspects of these dreams to fade. Allow these dreams to influence you in a positive direction. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. This will reduce the frequency of similar dreams. Have a great day, Mercy!