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What Does It Mean to Dream of Dead People You Once Knew?

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Dreaming about dead people can be terrifying or reassuring depending on what happens in the dream. The situations and events in the dream can also help you to determine what the dream means. On its own, dreaming about someone who has passed away does not mean anything. It is what happens in the dream and how you feel in the dream that truly determines its meaning.

The first thing that you should do is look at what happens in the dream. Is the person trying to give you a message? Are they helping you in some way? If the individual is trying to help you in the dream, it may show that you wish that someone was there to give you support in real life. Meanwhile, getting a message from a loved one in your dream could mean that you miss getting their advice or input in real life. It could also mean that you wish you could get a message about where they have gone and how they are doing.

Death is a preoccupation for many people. Fearing death is normal. Because of this, it is quite common to dream about a loved one who has died. You may be coming to terms with your own humanity and death, so your subconscious mind is preoccupied by the idea of death and those who have died.

On a more basic level, dreaming about someone who has died could just mean that you miss being around your loved ones and wish that he or she was still near you. You no longer get to talk to them every day, so your subconscious mind filled the gap by giving you dreams about that person.

Think About the Feelings in the Dream

Often, there are people who seem to represent a certain feeling for us. For example, a manipulative, micromanaging boss may represent feelings of anger, stress or depression. If he or she appears in the dream, it could mean that you are experiencing these feelings in real life. In comparison, a grandmother or mother may have made you feel loved and protected. Seeing them in a dream could mean that you want those same types of feelings in your life. You may not feel like there is anyone to protect you in real life, so you dreamed that your loved one was there and protecting you.

Your dream can mean a variety of different things based on who it is an what happens. You may miss the advice of your father or the protection of a grandmother who passed away. You may miss the fun and passion represented by your late husband or wife. By thinking through how you felt when you were around that person, you can figure out the types of feelings your subconscious wants or is currently feeling.

Dealing With Your Feelings

Even if it has been years since a loved one passed on, you may still dream about them. Most people do not get over a death overnight. It can takes months, years or decades to heal. Even if you think that you have moved on, a part of you may still feel guilty or angry about their death. Your dreams about dead people you once knew are probably stemming from these feelings. As you try to come to terms with their death, you continue to dream about them over and over again.

In general, this type of dream normally just represents a part of your life that is gone. It may show that the feelings associated with the person are gone, or it may show that you miss having that person in your life.

Sometimes, you have these dreams months or years after you last thought of that person. This is perfectly normal. The simple explanation for this is that you still have memories of that person, so your subconscious mind will sometimes cause these memories to reoccur in your dreams. There is also an alternative explanation. If the last time you felt hopeless and depressed was when your father died, then feeling hopeless or depressed may cause memories of your father to reappear. Often, people dream about a loved one who passed away years ago when someone else close to them dies. This is because many of the same feelings of despair or grief are brought up once again.

Accepting Death

Initially, you may not accept that your loved one has passed away. While you logically know that they are gone, your heart does not care or listen to logic. You may dream about them alive and happy because that is how you still feel about them. If you dream that they are dead in your dream or that your dream self knows that they have moved on, then it indicates that you are finally coming to terms with their death and accept that they are no longer a part of this existence.

Death is often a sign of transformation or change, so some of your dreams could involve a change in your life. You may have a promotion at work, a new baby or some other major change. If you dream that someone is dying, this could be why. Sometimes, you may also have this type of dream if you wish your loved one could see the transformation. You wish your mother was there to see your new baby or your career progress, so you dream about her again at night.

It can be traumatic to dream about someone you loved who died. At first, you may wake up sweating or in a panic. Don’t worry—this type of dream is perfectly normal. If you find yourself feeling afraid in your dream, try talking to your loved one. Your subconscious may be trying to nudge you to work through your feelings, so this person keeps appearing. If this is the case, the dreams may keep happening until you face your feelings, come to terms with your loss and talk to your loved one in the dream.

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    • Dreams about death are common, especially dreams about close family members. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Take this time to strengthen your emotional connection with your mother. Have a great day, Mara!

  1. I dream a lots of all deaths not much of family members most of the time I can’t remember what the dream was about.I know I had the dream but can’t remember it. Why do I have those dreams sometimes weekly then it tapper off then back again. I don’t understand.

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

  2. Greetings. Mother-in-law states she does not dream of her recently deceased husband and knows that many others in their lives often do dream of him, which causes her to express sad emotional feelings. In discussing this with her, she says “I want to dream of him!”

    What are your thougts on why one would NOT dream of a loved one, especially a close loved one?

    • There are a variety of possible reasons for someone to want or not want to dream about someone. These could be positive or negative feelings associated with the memory. Allow dreams of death to influence you in a positive direction. Your mother in law may find benefit in sharing her compassion and kindness to honor the memory of her late husband. Have a great day, Charlie!

  3. Hi there. I have nightmares of an old friend. He committed suicide. I keep getting these nightmares that we are at places together. I cant get near him, he doesnt speak just looks at me like he has a message to convey. While in this nightmare I am concious. I keep telling myself that he is dead. The reason I do this because i start crying and feel heartbroken. Initially this is not the feelings i have regarding his passing. I was shocked to hear that he was dead. But never heartbroken or sad as we werent friends for a while and didnt have contact with each other. It bothers me that I keep dreaming about him in that state of mind. Can it mean something? I know itw rediculous to think that he might want to say something or maybe I am.hoping that is the case.

    • These dreams are reflections of your previous emotional connection with this person. 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, as this will reduce the frequency of similar dreams. Have a great day, Alicia!

  4. hi
    i dreamt about me and my brothers were going to my school qnd my little brother felt difficulty in walking through ladder then my teacher (she died nearly 6 years ago and is of my friends mother) push him and looked at me in anger without saying anything..then we two me and my brother went towards office room of school ..

    • These dreams are reflections of your emotional and social influences. 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 ensure that your dreams become more positive. Have a great day, Pratiksha!

  5. I had a dream last night that I was at the doctor’s office with my elderly mother. I was in line and my boss came in and got in line behind me. His two adult sons were with him. My boss died several years ago. He looked so healthy and happy. I said hi and asked how he was. He said good and just gave me a knowing smile. I knew that something wasn’t right until I woke up and realized that he was dead. I have no idea why I dreamt of him.

    • This dream may have been a reflection of your social connection with this person. It is possible that his manifestation was a reflection of your knowledge of death. Allow this dream to influence you to treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Have a great day, Georgia!

  6. I dreamed that my brother had passed away but he’s been dead for years. I’m not understanding why i dreamed about my brother passing away. In the dream my daughter told me that my brother passed away but i found odd because in the dream i knew he had already passed years ago.

    • This dream is a reflection of your strong emotional connection with your late brother. 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 brother. Have a great day, Tammy!

  7. I loved my husband desperatly. He was murdered in 2002. I always have negative dreams of him and I don’t understand. Last night, I dreamed he was alive and with his ex. He wanted to be with instead of her but I continuously rejected him because I knew he was dead. My chest hurt and I knew he was dead. Rejection and betrayal almost broke me. These are the types of dreams I have. Why am I haunted like this???

    • These dreams are reflections of your previous emotional connection with your late husband, but they may be influences by numerous influences that you have in your life. 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. Abstain from consuming violent media, as this may reduce the frequency of similar dreams. Have a great day, Janie!

  8. I had a dream about my grandmother who passed 20 years ago. She was driving a black suburban and I followed her to a nursing home. When I got inside she was in a wheelchair and asked me to help her shower, I did. In the dream the w/c was too big for the door so I to force it thru. We were talking but the only thing I can remember is me saying I’ve been married 17 years & she was kinda like wow! My husband and mother in law also appeared in the dream, not doing anything. My husband & I will be married 17 years in April.

    • This dream is a reflection of a variety of influences in your life. This is a reflection of your knowledge of death and your strong emotional connections with numerous people. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. This will ensure that your honor the memory of your grandmother. Have a great day, Chasity!

  9. i keep having dreams of my ex’s friend that passed didnt get to know him really well but we did have a few close intimate moments and although we wasnt that close i got to know all about him in a short space of time and fod have kind of feelings towards him. my dreams aint horrible ones its ones thats the same as what happened in real life but some added on. I dream of him quite a lot and just wondered if it means something.

    • This dream is a reflection of your previous emotional connection with your friend. Allow any negative aspects of this dream to fade. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. This will honor the memory of your friend. Have a great day, Kelly!

    • This dream is not a reflection of reality or of the future. This dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your father. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Have a great day, Cathy!

  10. I dream of different people relatives and friends who have passed. One was a cousin who died of cancer. She came quite frequently, but was still alive in the dreams. I was not aware the she was dead in the dreams either. I
    Another was from a second cousin who passed. He was not deceased either. Just hanging around normally. I dreamt of my mother who passed away nearly 20 years ago, and in that dream, she told me she was taking me to see my grandmother…who is also deceased.My younger brother was in the dream. He is not deceased. Last night I dreamt of a family friend who passed away 10 years ago. I knew she had come back from somewhere but I didn’t know where. She was alive in the dream, and raging angry at her daughter, who is alive also. What do all of these different visits mean? Should I be concerned?

    • These dreams are reflections of your numerous emotional connections. It is also a manifestation of your knowledge of death. 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 ensure that you honor the memory of your family. Have a great day, Tarron!

  11. I had a dream of my dad who passed in 2001 and he was with a sister that’s alive and doesn’t have anything to with the family and my dad told me he loved my sister more than me! I woke up crying what is this trying to tell me….

    • This dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your late father. The comment about your sister is a manifestation of your lack of connection with your sister. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Have a great day, Linda!

  12. Last night I dreamt of my ex partner of nearly 10 years and father of my 7 yr old. He passed away very recently and suddenly. I was able to hug him and he was smiling and I remember saying “oh Jame” when I went to hug him. I embrace the signs and positives of things such as this. My 3mth old son passed away in 2015 and I have embraced his presence around me with things so am trying to do the same with this dream. I’m feeling like the hug wasnt long enough and he was POOF! gone right after. I do believe he is coming to let me know he is with us. Is there anything else I am missing though? Was this a type of visitation dream?

    • This dream is a reflection of your strong emotional connection with your late partner. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. 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 late partner. Have a great day, Lindsay!

  13. I always dream of my mother that passed but her at a younger age. Every time she is in my dream she is always that age.why is that?

    • These dreams are reflections of your emotional connection with your late mother. You remember her at a certain age. 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 mother. Have a great day, Elizabeth!

  14. I dreamed my son, who is deceased, was in the hospital in bad shape. I was sitting with him and he woke up and grabbed a knife and started stabbing herself. I ran screaming for help, then I woke up. What does this mean???

    • This dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your late son. It may also be a manifestation of various media influences that you have in your life. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Allow this dream to influence you to treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Abstain from consuming violent media, as this will reduce the frequency of similar dreams from occurring. Have a great day, Ruth!

  15. My beloved husband passed away almost 9 years ago. Shortly after his death I dreamt of him following one of my best friends around like a puppy dog. When asked he said he needed to make sure she was ok. She.had been sick and died a few days after this dream. I assumed he was watching over her and possibly with her when she passed. In my second dream my husband who had ALS and couldn’t walk, was looking over me in bed while I slept. He held my hand and kissed my forehead before turning to leave the room. I called out for him to wait and he returned to me and held me until I woke up the next morning. I then went 6 or more years without a single dream of him until a couple of months ago. At least twice a week and sometimes every night I dream of calling him or stopping by work to visit him. He is never there and someone informs me he has moved on and is seeing someone else. This just breaks my heart. I am just crushed and.typically wake up in tears. What could this possibly mean? We loved each other very much and I am devastated to think he would ever reject or abandon me. I do have some life changing decisions to make and have been losing sleep whether I should retire next year or take a promotion and stay 3 more. please help.

    • These types of dreams can happen years after you lose someone. They are especially common after a major change in life, so it makes sense that they would start now that you are debating your retirement. The rejection in the dreams may just be due to his death. You feel as if he has left you and gone away, which is true on some level. Because of this, you dreamed that he rejected you. Once you have less stress in your life and sorted everything out, the dreams should gradually decrease in number of become more consoling instead of traumatic.

  16. In my dream im running from some type of monster or demon that is trying to kill me. Everytime I hide from this monster or demon I see people that I’ve known that have already died in my dream. They’re not bothering me in the dream but the other people who arent dead is trying to make random conversation with me while I’m hiding that may draw the monster to where I’m hiding. Please help me with answers

    • This dream is a reflection of your social relationship and concerns that you may have. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Determine what you want for your future. Have a great day, Candice!

  17. I just woke from a dream about grandmother who passed 20+ years ago. She and I and a former significant other who I broke up with 2 years ago. In his living room, she was asking if we had a specific wine locally. I responded but she ignored me and asked him. I could tell she wanted his attention. In life she was cruel and rejecting and held only disdain for me. Being in his house with 2 people who rejected me. Would like to think its a sign to step out of rejection, but woke up feeling very oppressed and depressed. Possible meaning?

    • This dream is a reflection of your previous emotional and social connections with these people. Influences in your current life may have been manifested in this dream. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Allow this dream to influence you to treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Have a great day, Bf!

  18. My mother passed away years ago, I dreamed her smiling at me, but when she turns back and walk away I called her again but when she turn around different face of woman I see. What does it mean? thank you

    • This dream is a reflection of your emotional and social connection with your late mother. The other person in your dream may be someone that you share a strong connection with. 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 mother. Have a great day, Nelsie!

  19. Bit weird one my uncle who died when I was 10and I’m now 37 so 27 years go he was very close to his sister my mum and he lived with us but it felt so real last night that he was here and looking for everyone like I had dream we was in old house wher we all lived ,I don’t no if is I just had photo drawn of him and gave to my mum of him and there mum dad my Nan grandad ,just all strange

    • This dream is a reflection of your previous emotional connection with your late uncle. There may be a variety of reasons for why this dream manifested. It is possible that the photo was a reminder of this dream. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Have a great day, Lisa!

      • I dreamed of my classmate sister who died in a car crash about 3 years back. I remember first being in he car with someone driving past a flea market or store full of shoes and different items. My three sisters, my gay cousin and my sister friend. They were drinking but I couldn’t because of the medication that I’m on. Long story short there was this young
        Lady driving a r but then I was on he passenger side and my sis was in the back of the vehicle. Well the car took off and I had to reach my foot over and stop the car. I gen climbed over in the driver’s seat where I could not see over the dash board so I got back in the driver’s side and somebody else took over driving. Long story short my classmate who lost her sister was there at the car window and I was talking to her then her deceased sister showed up and nobody could see her but me but she was very quiet and looking in to the car. I tried to get her to see her but she couldnt . what could that mean

        • This dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your classmate’s late sister. Your experiences may have manifested in this dream. It is clear that you feel comfortable when you are in control of your destiny. Ensure that this dream to influences you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Tracy!

  20. I keep having dreams about me being in a field and it’s caskets all around me and I can see the people inside and an old woman who has passed and as I drift closer she is reaching out of her casket and saying “come with us” so i stay to fly away and she start flying with me and then all of a sudden her eyes turn white and she grabs me from behind and holds onto me. I was so scared in my dream Inwoke up crying and heart beating fast. What does that mean?

    • This dream is a reflection of various influences that you have in your life. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media. Have a great day, Tenika!

  21. I often dreamed of my late teacher in high school.He passed away 7 years ago ,sometimes i dreamed of him that we are in our class discussion togeher with my classmate who passed 11 years ago and last night i dreamed again that me and my late teacher met in school ,i hug him and i said to him that i am so sad that he’s not there for a school occasion.

    • This dream is a reflection of your social and emotional connection with your teacher and classmate. An event or person in your life may have caused this dream to manifest. 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 the people who influenced you life. Have a great day, Lovely!

  22. Hey my wife had a dream of my 21year old cousin that passed away last year and it happened to be on the same night she passed away a year prior. My wife was comparing her wedding ring with other woman and then my cousin came out of no where with the most beautiful ring and showed everyone. Then my daughter that is only 5 months old came over and had a ring on and my cousin was rubbing it and smiling, then my wife woke up. Any ideas on what this means??

    • This dream is a reflection of your wife’s emotional connection with her cousin. She would find benefit in allowing this dream to influence her in a positive direction. There is great benefit to be gained by treating everyone with kindness and compassion. Have a great day, Mike!

    • This dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with this person. It is possible that you are interested in strengthening a current relationship, developing a new one, or encouraging an old one. Determine what you want for your future and take appropriate action. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Linda!

    • This dream may be a reflection of your social and emotional connection with this person. It is possible that this dream is a sign that his living family needs support. Determine what you want for future of these relationships. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Gina!

  23. I had a dream last night about an old class mate of mines from high school, who bullied me before. We were never friends and didn’t say much to either besides that one occasion she tried to bully me. I didn’t like her at all. I’m trying to understand why because we weren’t friends and she died 2-3 years ago. In my dream we some how got in touch as though we had been friends. I had a 2nd car in which I let her drive in my dream. I ended up finding $50 on the ground in my dream and told her when I just found it. The people who lost the money came back and was looking for it, while we were standing there by the cars. I didn’t give it back and a few minutes later she went over there to them and secretly told them I had found the $50. Then it was a crowd of people and the police had arrived. The police was about to handcuff me but the man who money it was told them I found it and gave it back. Which by that time I really did. So I begin looking for her but she had already pulled off in my car. What does this dream mean??

    • This dream may be a reflection of stresses in your life. There may be a reason why this dream manifested. The memories that you have with this person were likely negative. Allow the negative aspects of this dream and your experiences with this person to fade from your memory. Let this dream cause you to share your positive energy with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Courtney!

  24. I had a dream of my mother recently along with a family friend, both who have passed away. They were talking about visiting each others homes. Also, the family friend has appeared sickly and complains that she was tired and wanted to smoke a cigarette

    • This dream may be a reflection of your emotional connections with these people. Influences in your life may have caused this dream to manifest. The connection between cigarettes and illness are likely reflections of your knowledge. Ensure that this dream influences you in a positive direction. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Lisa!

  25. My dream last night was about an old neither/friend. He passed away at 17 years old from a car crash and this was many years ago. His dad and my mom were very close and his dad just recently passed away a few years ago. In my dream it was thanksgiving and my friend was alive (didn’t look like himself) he was sad and lonely because his father had just passed away. I could see him through the window of our house eating and being sad. He had visitors coming and going but was still sad. I was crying and ran over to him at his house and hugged him and said how sorry I was about his dad and that life’s just not fair sometimes. He told me it’s okay, everything will be ok and then he put his food down got up and walked away, never seen him again. So I’m trying to figure out what exactly is going on and what my dream may mean.

    • This dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your late friend. It is possible that something in your life influenced this dream to manifest. It is possible that the death of his father influenced this dream. You may have found closure in this dream. Treat everyone in a positive and supportive manner. Have a great day, Erin!

  26. My husband passed away two years ago and I had a dream about him that has different places of events that happen and he and I were still married in our dream but he wanted to have another women as well and me to be ok with it and in my dream I just get frustrated that I’m not getting his attention and I just start running and before I woke up he was calling me names and had told someone else I wasn’t to leave in my car and I woke up. The first dream I ever had of him he said “ I left because you gave up” the second dream I had of him I knew he was gone but I seen him and he seen me but he was avoiding me and would not talk to me and the last two are a mixture of a few things I don’t get it.

    • These dreams are reflections of your various emotions regarding this relationship and your strong emotional connection with your late husband. You will find benefit in allowing the confusing or negative aspects of this dream to fade. These negative aspects may be influenced by your fears and concerns. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Have a great day, Sara!

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