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

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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.

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    • 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!

  1. I always dream of my dead parents esp.my mother again and again,the 1st time i went to her house and she comes out of the other room and wave at me then she visits her plants ,goes into the dining table there i see her with friends and they are all in white when i notice she has guest she again wave at me and gave me a banana.

    • These dreams are reflections of your strong emotional connections with your parents. This dream is a manifestation of her caring and compassionate actions. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. This will ensure that you honor the memory of your parents. Have a great day, Editha!

  2. I had a dream I was watching my brothers boat come to the dock. My uncle was driving, my dad was sitting next to him and my other uncle was sitting behind them. My dead aunt was floating in the water behind the boat on some white thing. She would bob down in the water and come back up. They approached the dock and I thought how will the men get up to the cabin. None of them could walk the stairs. Then mt uncles, and dad began leeping on wood boards just under the water and disappeared. My dead aunt was following them. She would fall and get back up. Her arm had a brace.

    • This dream is a reflection of your strong emotional connections with the people who are and were in your life. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. This will ensure that positive people and energy enters into your life. Have a great day, Angela!

  3. i had a dream about my dead sister. i went visiting her grave with my bestfriend and mom and she was lying over the grave and started moving a holy light was covering her. i never heard my sister talking even in real life and this is the first time i see her in a dream after 9 years. i told her i was having very tough times and i asked her if she had ever been with me in those moments she touched my head and whispered in my ear she will always protect me and be with me 🙁 it felt like i was awake and i asked her the question i always wanted to

    • This dream is a reflection of your strong emotional connection with your sister. This is a positive dream. Allow this dream to influence you to treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. This will ensure that you honor the memory of your sister. Have a great day, Jessie!

  4. i had a dream about my ex bf being alive I was going to visit his funeral and I saw his dad he walked me through and as I get to the room there was alot of people and there was a caskette and I saw my ex bf standing nxt to the caskette I talked to him and I said that Youre alive and he told me that he faked his death because he wanted me to come see him. he was smiling and looked very happy when he said those things to me. I also had a dream about him that I went to visit him in his house and he wasnt dead he was just weak and as I take care of him he eventually got his life back and was stronger than ever and I would sneak out of my bf just to hang out with him and he was making me pick between him or my bf.

    • This dream may be a reflection of various emotional influences that you have in your life. Allow thoughts of your late partner to influence you to strengthen your relationship with your current partner. Share your kindness and compassion with him. Have a great day, Zelda!

  5. i had dreamt about my uncle who died 8 years ago. a sudden dream i never thoght about him in the day but i dreamed that i was at his place.. everybody was preparing for wedding for my cusin and i greated him he smiled and looked outside.. soon he walked downstars and came to look at my aunt.. i saw my aunt on bed like ill surounded by her daughter n my mum.. then i saw my someone telling mi its a dream now u can wake up.. i wak up it was early in the morning.. dream was as fresh as i was living it.. its a broken scenario i am not understanding the message ..

    • This dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your family. Your strong emotional connection with your late uncle influences this dream. It is clear that you are close with your mother, aunt, and cousin. Allow this dream to influence you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Khusboo!

  6. Mine was about my grandparents, who raised me. We were in our old house. Grandma was talking with me in my room, Grandpa was cooking but he didn’t listen to me much. There were church friends in the kitchen with him and he was having a happy and relaxed conversation. I woke up confused and sad.

    • This is a positive dream. It is a reflection of your emotional connections with your late grandparents. The manifestation of your church friends is a reflection of your spiritual beliefs. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Share your kindness and compassion with the world, as this will honor the memory of your grandparents. Have a great day, I!

  7. I keep dreaming about my dead grandfather. But I keep dreaming about the day he got sick and how he wasn’t dead, he had just come back from a vacation.

    • This dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your late grandfather. Perhaps you are dreaming of him while he was alive, because you wanted to continue to maintain a relationship with him. He has passed, so allow this dream to influence you to act with kindness and compassion. This will ensure that you honor his memory. Have a great day, Anon!

  8. I dream about my mother in law frequently. We had a respectable relationship. Sometimes I think she didn’t really care for me. She is always nice in my dream. I also dream frequently about my
    grandparents who i love dearly and who raised me. I know that I miss them very much and they are always protecting me from something in my dreams.

    • These dreams are reflections of your strong emotional attachments to your late mother-in-law and late grandparents. These are positive dreams that should influence you to share your kindness and compassion with the world. In this way, you will honor their memory and draw positive people into your life. Have a great day, Lele!

  9. I repeatedly have dreams about my deceased father and in my dream he appears sick or says that he is sick and says that he needs cure for his illness, he was always expressing the same thoughts and I am confused of why he was saying that.

    • Your dreams are reflections of the experiences of your father during the end of his life. You likely cared for him during his illness and this experience has manifested in your dreams. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Honor the memory of your father by sharing your kindness and compassion with the world. Have a great day, Aarm!

  10. I been having dreams of my grandfather in the last dream he came up to me and grabbed my arm and asked me if i had a soft spot..

    • This dream may be a reflection of your emotional connection with your late grandfather. It is possible that his statement in your dream may be a manifestation of his actions during his waking life. Something else in your life may have caused your dream to manifest. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will honor the memory of your grandfather. Have a great day, Jacob!

  11. Please guide me urgently : Today on 28th Feb just before sunrise and my awakening I was seeing a dream that my Late mother is pleasingly giving me sweats to eat. She was happy and telling me to eat me more sweats giving me further. She passed away on 19th May 2009. I am extremely puzzled though I have seen my late parents at numerous times happily with me
    But this time she is offering me sweats to eat happily. Please help.

    • Your dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your late mother. Her behaviors in your dream could be a manifestation of her actions during her waking life. It is clear that you believe that she is in a positive place. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will honor the memory of your mother. Have a great day, Aditya!

  12. I’ve had SO many dreams of my younger sister, my recent was: I saw my sister, I cried because I knew she had passed and she held me in her arms. She told me “not to tell anyone” as if I was the only one that could see her? Because my sister came in the room and was surprised that my tear wiped by its self when actually she wiped it away for me. So I just sat there in her arms, crying as I stared at my family who couldn’t see her.

    • Your dream is a reflection of your relationship with your late sister. The interaction that you and your sister had in your dream is a manifestation of the strength of your relationship. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will ensure that you honor the memory of your sister. Have a great day, Gray!

  13. I dream my uncle who passed away about 4 years ago. He came to me in my dream and says he wants to come back to this world, that there must be way something he can do to come back..he was asking me advice…he wants to come back to marry his wife, who is still alive. Then it seemed as if he came back and married her and was so happy, and she was happy..they went to the bedroom to spend some alone intimate time together. I was in the living room, he came back out of the room to ask me advice, he says what does he have to do to stay here and not go back..I was like, why is he asking me, why me..then the answer came ‘you are the only one who meditates and connect’…He said he will do anything to stay..what does this mean?

    • Your dream is a reflection of two aspects of your life. Your relationship with your late uncle appeared in this dream. You are aware of the strength of his relationship with your partner. Additionally, you are aware of your meditation practice, which will bring you great benefits in the future. Continue your meditation to better understand the truth. If you have similar dreams in the future, then advise your uncle to attempt to meditate. Have a great day, Soniya!

  14. I often dream of my best friend that died. It has been a recurrence, but progression dreams. At first Only I could see her. Then, I could talk to her, but I would tell her she was not supposed to be there. She never responded. Now, we spend time together. It has been 11 years. And now I am cognitive in the dreams, I know everyone thinks she is dead but here she is. Everyone is wrong. And we are just spending time together. She never speaks, we are just enjoying each other’s company and I think to myself over and over again, how wrong everyone was and that she is right here. In real life, after she passed, I named my daughter after her. I am not sure if this has anything to do with it.
    Also… I couldn’t have a baby. We tried for 7 years. I was found out I was pregnant 1 year after she passed. She passed in April, I was pregnant the following April.

    • It sounds like these dreams are a nice way for your subconscious mind to feel like she is close to you again. Many people dream about a close friend or loved one for decades after they pass on, and it provides a degree of solace, even if it is only for a little while.

    • Your sister’s dream is a reflection of her emotional relationship with your late uncle. It is possible that something in her life caused him to appear in her mind. She will find great benefit in sharing her kindness and compassion at all times. This will help her honor her memory. Have a great day, Mimi!

  15. Since last week I’ve been dreaming about my deceased loved ones,Firstly it was about my mother it looked like she was eating and she asked me where my daughter was in the same me my late uncle asked me to give him money and I did,secondly I dreamt of my late sister she asked me to slaughter white chicken for her and I did she only drank its blood and I woke up from the dream, this morning I dreamt of my grandmother she was sick,bleeding and died in my hands what does all this mean

    • Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. Your emotional connections with your late family members appeared in this dream. There seemed to be negative or confusing aspects of this dream, so you will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will honor your family members and it will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Tshepiso!

  16. My partner passed away in 2007 after a short battle with cancer. Lately, I’ve been dreaming of her a lot. Sometimes I don’t ‘see’ her in my dreams, but my dream is spent trying to get to where she is, or doing something for her while she is in another room, mainly decorating for a gathering that she will be attending or that i am trying to surprise her. The past few dreams have involved us trying to pack, often in a hurry, for something unknown, but it reminds me of when we evacuated for the hurricane, or a spontaneous camping trip- just throwing stuff in a duffel to leave quickly. The frequency is picking up with these dreams and I just feel like there’s a message there, but what? I love dreaming about her, it’s always vivid and comforting but lately due to the frequency, I feel like I’m missing something. Can you help?

    • Your dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with your late partner. Her behaviors in your dream may be manifestations of her behaviors during her life. You feel that there may be a message in this dream. Since you feel that you are missing something from this dream, you should take this time to dedicate your mind to introspection. Look inward, and determine what you want for your future. In the meantime, ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Marianne!

  17. 2 years have passed after my younger brother’s death. Two days ago I deamt being with him and riding motorcycles. We were both happy and I over passed him and he delayed to come. I stopped and waited for him and later on he came and disapeared. Today in daytimeI was resting and slept and I saw him
    I asked him how he came to town without telling me and there was no answer, we both decided to go for a drive and we were driving a very expensive car. We got stack on a road and finally missed him.

    • Your dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with your late brother. It is possible that something in your life caused this dream to manifest. It is likely that your shared experiences with your brother in your dream are reflections of your shared behaviors during his life. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will help draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, David!

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