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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. My Dad passed away 10 years ago this year.. Today I dreamt he was alive, I went to the garage to call him and I asked to talk to him.. We went to my room sat on my bed and I started asking him how he was feeling and we spoke about work, in the dream he knew that he was not well but recovering then he even said he was going back work next Thursday.. He was holding my hand the whole time we spoke then my alarm rang and I woke up.. What does it mean

    • Something in your life may have reminded you of your late father. This dream seems to be a manifestation of various past experiences that you shared with him. Throughout your dream, you made it clear that your feelings for him were still strong. You can honor his memory by sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life.

    • It is possible that something in your life occurred and reminded you of the funeral. This dream is also a reflection of your relationship with your late father, though there are few details to determine what that relationship was. Regardless, ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times.

  2. My dad passed away 2 years ago from cardiac arrest during surgery. Here lately I’ve been having dreams of him. They have been taking place at a hospital and one dream there was a crowd of people trying to see my dad because he had just woken from a coma and I was having to push my way through when I seen him I asked why he left and he just told me he loved me and missed me. The second dream we were in an elevator at the hospital and he told me He loved and missed me hugged me again and I asked him why he keeps leaving he didn’t say anything. Then he hit the button for the ground floor but for the basement and in my dream I started crying and was really confused asking why we were going down there. And said there wasn’t a basement in this hospital and I woke up.
    Could you tell me what this means?

    • Both of these dreams are reflections of your emotional relationship with your late father. The hospital aspects of your dream are manifestations of your memories of the end of his life. He cared for you, and it is clear that you cared for him as well. Share your positive energy with the world, as this will honor the memory of your father.

  3. My dad passed away 3 years ago and I have been dreaming of him ever since like everyday, I didnt have real connecton i real real life with him he was always distant .the day he died i didn’t talk to him like a week or something, he died unexpected, so my question is the way I dream of him everyday since then, what does it mean?

    • Perhaps a part of your subconscious mind regrets that you didn’t reach out to him or have more of a relationship with him. Because he had such an unexpected death, you weren’t able to decide what you wanted to do and whether you wanted to reach out before he passed. These feelings are quite normal, and you can’t change what happened now. Keep in mind that it takes two people to rekindle a relationship, so it was definitely not your fault for the way things were because he could have repaired the relationship as well.

  4. Last night my husband had a dream he was walking alongside the freeway, and his deceased father picked him up in his old camaro. My husband said that he pulled up alongside him and told my husband to get it, his father said to him “it’s almost that time”, then they got pulled over by the police and the dream ended.

    • Your husband may have had this dream because he expects some kind of change to occur in his life, and he wishes that his father was there for it. He may also feel like his father could help him navigate through all of the changes he experiences in life, which is why his father was present.

  5. I had a dream of my late father coming into my bedroom holding a huge dictionary. I told him I already had it and told him that my brother would find it useful. On waking I feel like I didn’t acknowledge him giving me something and almost turning him away but giving him a solution. I had the exact same book in my hands so it made sense for my brother to benefit. What could this mean?

    • Perhaps you feel like there is some kind of information you want to receive from your late father or something you think he wants to convey. You may also feel like this information would help your brother, which is why your brother would find it useful.

  6. I dreamt about my boyfriends dad who passed away 2 years ago , I never met him although he knew all about me and at the time he passed i was expecting his granddaughter.
    In my dream we were at his home (which ive been to since) and he was not a acknowledging mine and my partners relationships, instead insisting my partner and his ex (who he also has a daughter with and is still very close to his family) should be together..he wasn’t aggressive in the dream but very insistent. What does this mean?

    • Judging by the dream, you may wish that he could have gotten to know his granddaughter and finally accepted your relationship. He may have been insistent about the ex in the dream because a part of you feels like he didn’t accept you in your waking life, and that part of you is still upset by it and wants things to work out.

  7. I dreamt that I was using a public toilet, after waiting for open stall. I soiled my men’s underwear like my dad used to wear a little bit. But I urinated 3 times with a little tinkle hitting above my foot on the last time. The bathroom stall did not have a door, i was exposed, however still went to the restroom. I asked someone to check on my dad whom I was traveling with to let him know I was OK and to see if get was irritated with waiting on me. When I wiped myself I had started my period. I then woke. #now

    • The dream seems to show embarrassment through the lack of a stall door, soiling yourself and wearing the wrong underwear. Perhaps a part of you feels unhappy and embarrassed. This may be in relation to your father, or you may just feel embarrassed in a certain situation that is going on in your waking life right now.

    • Most likely, your subconscious mind had this dream because you want to see how your father is doing now and if he is happy where he is. Dreams like this are common after you lose someone because your subconscious mind has to adjust to the idea of their passing, and you naturally want to know that they are happy where they are.

  8. My dad passed in 2005 from a heart attack. Last night I dreamt of my dad in my dream (this has maybe only happened a couple of times), in my dream my father was suffering from severe drug and alcohol abuse and developed a mental problem where he wasn’t able to identify friends and family..in the dream I felt so saddened and helpless and people were telling me that he was a lost cause and that he wouldn’t know who I was anymore. I woke at 2am on the dot this morning with tears running down my face out of no where, it completely startled me. I’m 26 now, and my dad passed when I was 11. This is the only emotionally upsetting dream I have experienced to date.

    • Perhaps the dream reflects all of the changes that have happened in your life since he passed on. Your subconscious mind may think that he wouldn’t recognize you anymore because you have grown and changed so much in your life. Because of this, your subconscious projected the addictions onto him as a way of justifying the fact that he wouldn’t recognize. While the dream was scary to experience, I am sure your father would be proud of the changes you have made in life to become the person you are today.

  9. My father was died when I was 13 in 1998 and mother in 2002. I always saw my mother in dreams. In last 22 years, last night i saw my father in dream. Whole time I cried during dream, as my father is ill and doctors says we can’t do anything. My Family Lost Hope but I did not disappointed and still have Hope. I often kiss him, take Care of him and I fight whole family why they Lost Hope and not helpingy me to take Care of my father.
    During my writing this texte I’m crying.
    Could u pls tell me meaning of that dream ?

    • Perhaps your subconscious mind is just revisiting the grief you experienced in the past. It is also possible that your subconscious was not capable of handling these intense feelings at the time, so the feelings are coming up now because you have the emotional strength to actually process them in a safe, healthy way. When you love someone, it is normal to have dreams like this for years or decades after they pass on.

  10. Thanks for your prompt reply. That time I was school boy and now I’ve regret I did not fill my father dream as hé want to see me doctor. As medical studies were so costly in Pakistan, I changed subjects to commerce. I completed my MBA with my own earning.
    I’ll focus on my son to fullfil grandfather wish.

    • It seems that you have made the decision to allow this dream to influence you to make a decision. It is clear that you are interested in following a course of action that will bring you many benefits in the future. We appreciate any insights that you will provide to our community in the future.

  11. My father passed 4.5 months ago, last night I had my first dream about him. In the dream he somehow shows up at our house covered in dirt weak and fragile, but chubby like before he got cancer . I asked how and he just says I woke up and wiggled Out, and gives me a long hug. I remember calling friends and family and telling them and they act as if it a miracle yet possible that he had risen from the dead.

    -only child, adult male, still living at home. Helped care for him his whole sickness. Mom has been sick my entire life and my father and I always assumed we would be taking care of her. My father was the “rock” of the family. My mother is having a real hard time with his passing and I’m worried.

    Was this just me looking for the support he always provided for my mother and I ?

    • This dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your late father. It is clear that you shared a strong emotional connection with him. The support that you gained from this dream will support you at this time. Nourish your relationship with your mother by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.

  12. Early in the morning I dreamt about my father. We all went like a convoy than I saw SIM card but I just walked. My father was ahead finding the place. Then uncle came say my father is trapped the pious people is helping him. Uncle came out without helping my father. Than I say but saw his SIM card. Than he say dunno the pious people will try to reach him to make him come out of the place.

    • Your dream is a manifestation of your emotional relationship with your late father. The presence of your uncle within the dream could be an indication of your knowledge of their shared relationship. The SIM card may be an indication of your thoughts regarding communication, so make a decision to share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will ensure that you honor the memory of your father.

  13. My dad passed away only a couple of weeks ago. In my dream he was sitting next to me wearing his signature country style (cowboy hat, jeans, flannel etc.). We were talking about something and the scene was just like when he was alive except he looked sad. I also looked at him and thought you are dead how are you here? I was happy but confused. I wish I knew what we were talking about. We used to talk about all sorts of stuff, some important but mostly not.

    • This dream is an indication of your emotional relationship that you share with your late father. It is possible that his sadness is a reflection of concerns that you are aware that he was navigating during his life. Your conversation within the dream is a reflection of conversations that you have had during your time together. Honor his memory by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.

  14. My father died 10 years ago. Since he died I have always been having the same Dream about him. I always Dream that He is still alive and I am the only one who is sure about it. Everyone thinks He is dead but in the Dream I am the only one knowing He is alive as I see him and talk to him. Everyone in the Dream talks to Me like I am wrong about it. Last Dream about him was were He was calling for Me and as I was going towards him my brother called and I woke up. Whats does these dreams mean?

    • It is clear that your dreams are manifestations of the strength of your emotional connection with your late father. Your shared experiences appeared within this dream, and it is clear that you cared deeply for your father. You will honor his memory by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. If you feel that this dream is guiding you to behave in a certain manner, then determine if you feel that it would be appropriate to do so.

  15. My father died 9 years ago. I’m now pregnant with his granddaughter but I’m somewhat hiding the pregnancy esp with my clothes. My father dreamt to me but he did not come as himself. He said he had to go in a hurry he was packing his stuff I asked him how I could reach him he said I can’t. But gives me another person as an option who could help (my old schoolmate). After my dad transforms into a pregnant woman who is hiding her pregnancy. This is the first I’m so curious to know what this dream could mean. What is he trying to tell me?

    • This dream seems to be a reflection of your emotional connection with your father, and his transformation into a pregnant woman who was behaving similarly to you could be an indication of your knowledge of your shared connection. Take this time for introspection, as this will help you make a decision about what is appropriate for the future.

  16. My father passed away two months ago, i dreamed that his alive and seating in the corner and have a white blanket cover him ( like he used jacket) and keep talking and im happy seeing him alive and got near him but he vanish or dessapeard, and i set back or back ward i saw him again and his keep talking and i dont underatand what hes talking about. And in other side i saw my brother inlaw was also passed away many years ago. I dont understand why i keep dreaming twise. What is the meaning?

    • Your dream is a manifestation of your emotional relationship with your late father and your late brother in law. It is possible that there are various influences in your life that caused this dream to manifest. The blanket could have been an indication of your knowledge of death. Honor the memory of your loved ones by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.

  17. I dreamt of my deceased father visiting me at my new place of work. I’ve never met him, apparently I last saw him when I was 3yrs old, so I’ve never had a relationship with him until a psychic told me he had passed on. In the dream, I was at a new job (I recently received a job offer) I received a call from our Receptionist informing me that I have a visitor, then I heard in the corridor through colleagues gossiping that it was my father, when I got to the reception area, he was sitting relaxed but looking shameful (like he wasn’t sure whether I would accept/welcome him) I was excited to see him and I was aware that he was deceased in the dream, before I could speak to him, I woke up.

    • Your dream seems to be a manifestation of the various influences in your life. You made the decision to speak with a psychic, and this discussion has certainly impacted your dreams. It is possible that this dream appeared due to your thoughts and feelings regarding his passing. Regardless of your relationship, you will honor the memory of your father by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.

  18. I recently found out I was pregnant I’m about a month so far…my dad I just lost him about 7 months ago…I have already lost my mom …losing my dad was hard. He died from brain cancer and it was just all bad the way everything went down…however I had a dream last night I was hanging out with Dad at Wendy’s (one of our fave places to munch) anywho I was about to tell my dad I was pregnant then I woke up. What you make about that?

    • This dream was a manifestation of your emotional relationship with your late father. It is certain that your mother’s influence on your life impacted you as well. Pregnancy, like death, are often symbols of change. If you are pregnant in your waking life, then it is certainly possible that this dream is a manifestation of many aspects of your life.

  19. I dreamt of my late dad giving my spouse gifts .crates full of vegetables and alot of money to buy land. He was looking healthy and full of energy. And I made fun how am going to taste everything in the basket . We all had fun too see him. But in the real life my husband has been struggling with work issues of which he resigned. What does that mean

    • Your dream is a manifestation of two important aspects of your life. Your emotional relationship with your late father caused this dream to manifest, and it is clear that you feel that he was a supportive individual. Your financial concerns related to your husband appeared, which may be the reason for why your father was giving you things. Honor the memory of your father by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.

  20. I dreamed thay my father and I was talking about money and his routine in HEAVEN? i asked him if he knew what will come out of the lottery so I will win for he always bet on that before. He refused to tell me what the numbers are because he said that in heaven he was a role model and he need to do what is right. But he gave me a clue which I could nit figure out. My dad died 5 years ago.

    • This dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with your late father. His behaviors within your dream are indications that you are aware that you should not gamble. You are aware that it is neither beneficial not good to waste your money and energy in this manner. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will honor the memory of your father.

  21. hi, I had a dream about my father who passed away suddenly when I was 12. in my dream all of my family was together and he was there. it was like he had jus gone away for a few years and came back. my mom has recently re-married but in my dream it was like no one would tell me why my father left and came back. i have never had a dream like this but it made me very uncomfortable. thoughts?

    • Your dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with your late father. You felt that this dream made you uncomfortable, and this may be related to various aspects of your social and emotional relationships with your family members. Make a decision about what you feel is appropriate for the future. Honor the memory of your father by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.

  22. I sometimes dream of my late father,my father dies in 2015 I have never had a relationship with him since I was staying with my mothers family and he was separated with my mom the last time I spoke with was On the 8 May 2013 which is the day I gave birth to my daughter.so when he passed on and I did not know because I lost contact with him I didn’t go to his funeral I don’t even where he is resting.i just found out later in 2016.one night I dreamt of him giving me pearls and gold jewelers and secondly I dreamt of him n he was with me we were laughing together and on both in these dreams I cannot his face he turning his back on me I only see his back. What does this mean?

    • Since you never had a relationship with him, perhaps your subconscious mind is trying to make up for the fact. The fact that you dreamed of receiving a gift and laughing with him seems to indicate you wish you could have developed a relationship with him, and you may wish that he could see everything you have accomplished in life since he passed on.

  23. I had a dream lastnight that I finally found my dads grave he passed away when I was 2 that was 19 years ago in my dream we went up to his grave and the bit before the stone is usually grass? His was like stone and one side said dad and another side said a babys name? I didn’t understand that part of my dream i cant remember the babies name, but then on the head stone it didn’t have his picture or writing all it said in the corner was dad and nothing else and I was kicking off and crying screaming hes been gone f****ng 19 years and no ones been up to do anything to his grave not one of his f****mg family have even got him a proper head stone then I sat on the stone bit crying to him telling him I was gonna work super hard and get him what he deserved and I was telling him how hard it Is without him.

    • It is fairly normal to dream about a loved one who passes on when you are encountering major milestones in your life. For example, graduating from high school, going to college, starting your career or beginning a family are all major milestones that you would naturally want to share with your father. Having dreams about him is quite natural during these times, and it sounds like your dream is primarily you trying to reconnect and interact with your father again.

  24. My father passed away 5 years ago and I always dreaming about him mostly when I am sad. This evening my dream about him is that we were both in a parade and then I notice that he is having a hard time breathing. That is why I asked him if he wants to come back home. Then he said ok lets go, then we walk together holding each other. Most of my dreams about him, if we are not talking happily, we are travelling on some familiar places that we have been before. I really love my father. And until now I can’t move on. I’m still grieving. Do you think, he has something to say or he wants me to do something?

    • The dreams are happening because you miss your father and wish you could resolve all of the feelings about him that you still have. Some of them are not happy because you aren’t happy about the fact that he has passed. Sometimes, it is just extremely hard to move on after you lose someone you care for a lot. This is completely natural. If you feel like your grief gets in the way of living a normal life, you may want to consider talking to someone or joining a grief support group.

  25. My father died 4 and a half years ago. Recently i saw a dream in which i was with my dad in a shop. He bought a mehroon coloured bag for me and gave it to me. What does that mean?

    • It may mean your subconscious mind misses being around your father, and you wish you could receive some kind of message from him. This is a natural feeling to have after losing someone, and at least your dream gave you a chance to be with him again temporarily.

  26. My father passed away 5 years ago from a heart attack and Iv been having very vivid dreams about him recently. My sister and I actually had the same dream about him a couple nights ago which was very weird. He was in our dream but he wasn’t actually dead, he was just hiding and had to leave for a little. Another one I had was when he thought he was alive and I had to tell him that he actually had passed away. After I did that he fell to ground and died again. Iv been missing him a lot lately so that might be why he has been in my dreams so much, but they all are of him being alive or something negative about his death. What does this mean and why did my sister and I have the same dream about him?

    • Your sister and you are having dreams of your late father because of the strength of your emotional connection that you shared with him. His death in your dream is a manifestation of your knowledge of his passing during your life. Ensure that this dream guides you in a positive direction. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will honor the memory of your father.

  27. My dad passed away 8 months ago, found out I was pregnant soon after with a boy. Last night/morning I dreamt he was sitting on one end of the couch and my newborn son was sitting on the other. No one could see my dad but me and when I came around the corner and saw him I immediately fell to my knees crying at his feet. He just looked at me… didn’t say a word. He and my little baby sat there looking at me as I cried. My family was laughing saying what’s wrong with you girl that’s not your dad over there get up, what’s wrong with you? Clearly it was my dad. Currently still laying in bed trying to figure out what this means. My father and I were very close. I was a daddy’s girl all the way.

    • Your dream is a manifestation of the strength of your emotional relationship with your late father. You are aware of his connection with your son as well. Ensure that this dream guides you to nourish your relationship with your son by spending additional time together in person, doing this will also ensure that you honor the memory of your father.

  28. my dad past away 7 february 2020, i still haven’t come to terms of his passing. i wake up in the morning wanting to call him. the day he past on it was at night so he was alone at the hospital till this day it haunts me, i should have been there, we have been together every single day. ive been dreaming of him ever since, this particular dream he was with me but did not talk to me, while i was asking him why he didnt want to talk to me, he got in someones car and drove of leaving me behind shouting his name. we were together every single day why is he avoiding me, we never had a fight before. i miss him and i cant deal with his death.

    • Your dream is not a sign that he is avoiding you, but rather that you are aware that he has passed. You cared deeply for your father, and your behaviors were appropriate. Your connection with your late father was strong, and you should not regret your actions. You will honor his memory by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.

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