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What Does It Mean If You Dream About Your Dead Father?

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When you dream about anyone who has passed on, it can be extremely disconcerting. You wonder if they are sending you a message from beyond or if it is just caused by your grief. When you dream about your dead father, this experience is even more true. While it is rarely a contact from beyond, this type of dream can bring you comfort during your grief.

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What Does It Mean If You Dream About Your Dead Father?

This type of dream typically symbolizes your sense of loss. Your subconscious creates dreams about the loved ones who have passed on as a way to help you process your grief. Even if your father died years ago, you can still have dreams about him from time to time. You naturally miss him, so your subconscious is trying to provide you with solace during your grief.

Once your father dies, you are no longer able to talk to him or get his support. It is only natural that your subconscious mind would try to provide you with the same support. Your dream about your dead father is most likely caused by your desire to get the advice, guidance, support and comfort of your father.

Fathers in Your Dreams

On a more basic level, the role of a father in your dreams can interpret certain things. Dream interpreters typically believe that a father represents your conscience in a dream. He shows your ability to choose between right and wrong. Often, a father represents a decision that you have just made or are about to make. They may appear in your dreams to try to show you the right path to take in the coming months.

In some cases, a dream about a father can also symbolize the feelings you have about him. In a dream about your dead father, the feelings may be your love for him or unresolved feelings. You may feel guilty about not telling him how you felt during your waking life, or you may just wish that he was there to guide you. How you felt about him when he was alive will often return in your dream.

If your father is upset, sad or angry in the dream, it may show that you are frustrated or disappointed with a situation in your life. You may feel like you have made the wrong choice, so your father appeared in your dream because you are upset with yourself. It is also possible that the anger in your dreams may be about yourself or your father because of past issues in your relationship.

If your father dies in the dream, it may represent two different things. The first option is moral decay. You may feel like you have lost your capability of standing up for what is right or are making the wrong choices. The second option is just because of real life. If your father died in real life, your mind may recreate his death to help you come to terms with your loss. Even if you consciously know that your father has moved on, a part of you may be unwilling to accept that fact. Your subconscious mind may be giving you this dream as a reminder that he has moved on and that you have to gradually accept this.

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The Meaning of Death in Your Dreams

If you dream about your dead father, it can obviously represent his own death. The subconscious mind makes dreams out of our memories and feelings. Often, it chooses the strongest memories to recreate in our dreams. When it comes to strong memories, few things have a more lasting impact than the death of a loved one.

It is also possible that your father represents a part of your psyche that you have closed off. He may symbolize a feeling or talent that you desperately need in your waking life. In some cases, he may also be representing the choice you have to make ahead of you. You may feel like you need extra guidance, so your father appeared in your dream to show you the way.

In many cases, a dream about your dead father shows your unresolved feelings. Dealing with a loss is never easy, so your subconscious is trying to give you a way to resolve those feelings. If you need to make amends, this is the time to do so. You may wish to set something right, resolve a problem or tie up loose ends. Whether you need to forgive your father or apologize to him, your subconscious is trying to give you a way to do so now that he has passed on. If this is the case, use these dreams as an opportunity to make things right and start a new path in life that your father would approve of.

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  1. I had a dream last night that my father (who has passed away) was sitting next to me on the couch. There was lightning hitting houses around ours. All of a sudden the sky was bright daylight and we walked outside. I looked up and the sky was covered in clouds, but you could see stars (like a starry night by Vangoh but beautiful colors. Bright pinks, purples, etc). Then he showed me a spot off in the distance that was clear. It was a beautiful land and there was a small staircase that led to the land and I helped him walk up to the top of it. The staircase started moving and I told him I had to go. He said he knew. I then asked if he would be waiting for me when I returned and he said he would be there waiting for me. What does that mean?

    • Your dream is a manifestation of your emotional relationship with your late father. The sky seems to be an indication of your emotional connection with your father. The staircase may be an indication of your spiritual beliefs and thoughts about his behaviors during his life. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Sarena!

  2. I had a dream about my father for two consecutive nights. At first he was sad and telling me that we cannot afford to buy rice for us to eat (this scenario used to happen in the past because I don’t have a decent job before.) Then, I smiled and told him that I will buy it for him confidently. (It is in the present that I already have enough money to support him). In short, I now have the decent job and money but I no longer have him. 🙁
    Second night: I’ve dreamed of receiving a text from him asking how am I. I was so shocked and thought “he’s still alive.” (This often happens in my dreams, I was always thinking, “I knew it, he’s still alive.) Upon receiving his text, I called him right away. Then he calmly told me that he’s okay and jokes about me having a husband. Then the call ended. I was trying to call him again to tell that I would like to bring him to the mall and go shopping but I was not able to do that until I wake up and realize it was just another dream.

    Hope you can interpret my dreams. Thanks.

    • Your first dream is a manifestation of your emotional relationship and financial history with your father. It is clear that you want feel a strong connection with him. The second dream is a sign that you want to communicate with him. The joke about your husband is a sign that you feel he would be comfortable with your relationship. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will honor the memory of your father. Have a great day, Claud!

  3. My dad has been dead for 7 years now and I’ve dreamt about him 3 times and eyerytime I have dreamed about him I have been angry with him. The first time was because he was never really dead and the other two I didn’t have a reason why I was angry. When he died I wasn’t angry with him. The last thing we said to each other was I love you. But he died suddenly. Why am I always angry with him in my dreams? I’ve never had one where I wasn’t mad at him.

    • Your dreams are manifestations of your emotional relationship with your late father. The anger that you feel in your dreams may not be directed toward him, but rather it may be a mutation of your feelings of loss. It is possible that you feel that his passing came too soon, and your close connection with him makes you feel sad, which may manifest in your behaviors as anger. Allow the negative aspects of these dreams to fade. Ensure that you honor the memory of your father by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Rinaroo!

  4. I had a dream of my dad also his been dead now for 4 years his death was sudden but not unexpected needless to say I have alot of unanswered questions for him. When he passed I had a dream the night of where I told him he was dead and he told me he was just playing. Today I finally seen him again it’s been 7 months and it was a dream that all my family was there but since I know his dead I asked him can anyone see you and his reply is no one can see me but you. What does this mean ?

    • Your dream is a manifestation of your emotional relationship with your late father. The unanswered questions that you have likely caused this dream to appear. Within your dream, you were the only one who was able to interact with him. This could be a sign that you are interested in speaking with him alone. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address your questions to your father. You will honor his memory by sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Brittany!

  5. My father died 22 year ago I often have dreams where I think I can only see him but I dont no that others can ….. what does this mean

    • Your dreams are manifestations of your emotional relationship with your late father. Your uncertainty about other people and their interactions with your father inside of your dream may be a sign that you feel a particularly strong connection with him. At least, his appearance within the dreams are intended for you. You will honor the memory of your father by sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Samantha!

  6. I had a dream about my late father who has been deceased for 5 years now, he seemed mad at me because I am ending a 10 year relationship with my boyfriend. He yelled for me to come and open the gates I screamed and ran down the steps telling family members who were in the dream that my father wants me to open the gates. When opened the door on the other side was some of my family and some of his family, my boyfriend and I have been having problems but I’m so confused on rather he wants me to stay with him or he is telling me to leave him. I just don’t know and feel loss

    • You made the decision to end your relationship, which likely caused you to feel stressed or uncertain. These feelings could have caused the appearance of your father within this dream. Those negative feelings may have caused your father to behave in a negative manner within the dream. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Focus your emotional energy elsewhere. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life and it will help you honor the memory of your father. Have a great day, Koya!

  7. I had a dream I was at my house and my cat was in the backyard for some reason (she’s an indoor cat) and I see there’s this huge 20 foot great white shark flopping around on the ground about to eat her bc she’s messing with it so I grab her and throw her in the house. I go back out and I see my dad’s truck and it looks like the shark fell out of the sky and landed on it and was biting it so I’m like I gotta show my dad (he died 5 years ago very suddenly) so I go get him and the shark flopped to another part of the yard and died and we’re both staring at it like wtf and that was where the dream ended. What could this POSSIBLY mean?

    • The appearance of the shark could be a manifestation of a concern that you may have in your life. The presence of your father is a manifestation of your emotional relationship with him. You may find benefit in introspection, as this will help you better understand the purpose of this dream. You will honor the memory of your father by sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Leann!

  8. I had a dream of my father who is no more in real life. It goes like – my father and i were walking on the street as he was going to see me off to the bus station. I was going back to my boarding school. And there he gave me some money. He counted it and gave me all the fees i had to pay. I watched him how he was giving me his hard earned money. I received it. And later he said that he want to be a body builder and he by this he will earn money. I was so happy. But my neighbours were so jealous that they tried to stop my father. Once i overheard my neighbour talking to an anonymous over phone saying that i will bring alcohol daily to make him drink so that he wont get time for practicing. I was so upset and i ran towards my mother and i cried on ber lap. But before telling it i woke up crying.

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