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What Does Seeing a Dead Person Alive in My Dream Mean?


When you see someone from your past in the dream, it can be thrilling at first. After a loved one dies, you may fear never seeing them again. First, you start to forget the way their voice sounded or the way they looked when they laughed. Before long, it feels like you are forgetting everything about them. When you finally dream about your loved one, it can be a bit of a relief. Even if it was not a particularly positive dream, it still feels good to be close to your loved one again.

While it may be a relief at times, seeing a dead person alive in your dream can also be quite terrifying. You may be afraid that they have come back to earth to haunt you for a mistake or argument you had together. You may be worried that they have unfinished business or that something is wrong. If you are worried about seeing a dead person alive in your dream, read on to find out why this happens. 


Losing someone is never easy. If you are lucky, you know that they are ill in advance. This gives your loved one time to make amends and say good-bye to everyone. In some cases, the family members do not have enough time to say good-bye. A brutal attack or car crash can take a loved one away before you get to make amends.

When this happens, moving on becomes even harder. As much as you want to heal, you can’t. You know that you never apologized for an argument or an unkind word, so you feel haunted by the past. When this type of situation happens, it can lead you to dream about your loved one. You see them alive in the dream because you want another chance to talk to them. This is your opportunity to make amends. You were unable to in real life, so your subconscious mind gave you another opportunity in your dream.

You Miss Them

Another more obvious answer is that you miss the. You do not get to have that person around you anymore, and you miss having their insight. Because you miss them, they began to appear in your dreams. This is especially common if you think about your loved one a lot. Your subconscious mind tends to pull from your thoughts and memories to create your dreams. If you are thinking about your loved one all the time, then it is more likely that you will ultimately have a dream about them.

You Aren’t Listening

Some mystics believe that the dead return to our dreams to give us advice or share a warning. While this is probably not the case, there is an underlying truth in the argument. Sometimes, there are mistakes that we make in our everyday life that we do not recognize. You may be convinced that you are doing things the right way and are unwilling to listen to anyone else’s advice.

In this type of circumstance, the dead may return to your dreams to give you the advice that you so separately need. Your dead friend is not actually giving you advice. Instead, your subconscious chose their image to be the advice giver. Your subconscious mind may realize that you have a problem, so it chose a friendly, kind person to give you the advice in the dream. Since you were unwilling to take the advice on your own, this dream was basically your mind’s way of tricking you into doing the right thing.

You Do Not Accept the Past

Another common reason for dreaming that a dead person is alive is because you want them to be alive. Even though you logically know that they have passed on into the next world, a part of your mind does not believe it. Your subconscious still feels like your loved one could walk around the corner and sit down for dinner. Since a part of you has not accepted their death, you keep dreaming that they are real and still alive.

Other Interpretations

This type of dream has been dealt with since humanity first began. Depending on where you are in the world, the dream interpretation can vary. In one old book, seeing dead people as alive in your dream was a sign of good events for your family. They thought it was a sign of positive dreams like a wedding or a marriage.

In pagan cultures, the dream was a sign that you should follow the dead person’s request to avoid angering the gods. Another culture says that seeing a dead relative right before a wedding is a warning that the marriage will not work out. There is no general consensus on the dream’s meaning though, so your best bet is to analyze what happens in your dream and figure out the meaning that makes the most sense for your personal situation.

Dream of Dead Mother Being Alive 

A mother is typically a symbol of nurturing, guidance and shelter. In life, they offer comfort and guidance. If you have a dream of your dead mother being alive, it may mean that you miss that part of her. Because of grief or another reason, you may be ignoring the subconscious cues that are telling you that you need those qualities in your waking life.

In most cases, this type of dream means that you either miss your mother or that you want some of the qualities she represents in your waking life. If you are talking to her in the dream, you may be trying to get her input on a problem that is confronting you in your waking life. It is also possible that your subconscious feels like your mother has an important message that you need to wake up and listen to. This could be a message from her spirit, or it may just be advice that your subconscious knows that she would give if she were still alive.

Dreaming of My Dead Father Being Alive

When you are dreaming of your dead father being alive again, it could mean a number of things. In dreams, fathers often represent things like protection, authority, independence and decision making. One basic reason why you might have this kind of dream is that you want these qualities in your own life. You may be struggling to make a decision or to project authority, so your subconscious mind is trying to nudge you into action with a dream about your dead father.

You may also have this type of dream if you just miss your father. Even if it has been years since he passed on, you still have memories of him locked away in your subconscious. These memories may reappear at random in your dreams, or they may show up when you feel in need of extra support in your waking life.

Dream of Dead Brother Being Alive

Fighting with your brother in a dream is said to mean that you may break off a friendship or fight with someone in your waking life. In more positive cases, dreaming about your brother indicates unity, domestic harmony and having a friend who always has your back. When you have a dream of a dead brother being alive, it may mean that you miss having such a friend and family member in your waking life.

To figure out what this dream means, you have to look at exactly what happens. Does he give you a message? Does he argue with you or ignore you? These key details can show you the underlying meaning of the dream and what is going on within your subconscious mind. Sometimes, the simplest answer is that you dreamed about your dead brother being alive because you miss his presence in your life.

Dreaming of Dead Relatives Being Alive

Dreaming of dead relatives being alive may represent that something missing or lost will suddenly return. It can also reflect on qualities that you are missing in your own life. For example, if you had an uncle who always made you feel safe and loved, you may be needing that extra love and security in your real life. Your subconscious may have given you the dream as a way to provide you with your emotional needs.

In other cases, you have this type of dream because you miss the person. You may feel like they have an important message to tell you. If you gave up on one of your goals and your relative used to urge you on toward your dreams, then their appearance in your dream may be a sign that you should return to the true you and focus on what you want out of life again.

Dream of a Dead Friend Being Alive

A good friend may appear in your dreams during a time of struggle or when you are striving to make a difficult decision. The dream of a dead friend being alive may just indicate that you need a little support in making this decision. Often, dreaming about a dead friend also means that you miss having this person in your life.

Sometimes, dreaming about a dead friend being alive again shows that you miss a quality or trait that they represent. If your friend was known for loving life and always having fun, you may dream about them when you are experiencing problems and need someone to lighten the mood again. Pay attention to what they do and say in the dream to interpret the meaning more exactly.

Hugging a Dead Person in Dream

Some cultures say that hugging a dead person in dreams is a sign of longevity if it is a short hug. In Islam dream interpretation, a long hug means that you are embracing your own death. A hug in your dream could show a need to love yourself. You may feel unable to love yourself or to be loved by someone else, so you dreamed that you were hugging a dead person.

The person that appears in your dream can determine what it means. If it is someone you normally hugged in real life, it may just mean that you miss them and want to have their love and support again. This is especially true if you are hugging a relative, parent or friend in your dream. You may just need extra support in your waking life, so your subconscious gave you a memory of a deceased loved one to support you.


  1. I dreamt of my ex boyfriend being alive. He went to my house and visited me. I was surprised seeing him in our house, I told him – what are you doing here? I know you are dead already. He replied, no I’m not yet dead. What you saw was not my real body. I just faked my death.

  2. What does it mean.. when i was dreAming my grandmother who already passed away.. and she was hugging me while in tears and there’s a water on the floor. I was also with my mother… but we are trying to find my father and i couldn’t find him… please help me understand. ..thankyou .

  3. I keep having dreams about my grandmother who passed away last year. Sometimes she gives me advice, but last night in my dream, she passed away again and I felt that whole sadness all over again. In the same dream I was severely bruised and my whole body hurt. What interpretations could this have?

  4. Hi, I got a dream of my grandfather who died when i was 2 yrs old. He was alive in my dreams and not talking too much I don’t know i was convincing him for something which I don’t remember and he was so stubborn that he is not listening to me. In real life i don’t even remember anything related to him as i was to too young. What could this be ?

  5. Hi I had a dream that my aunt who was like a mother to me was alive but we where preparing for her death in the dream she told me she was ok and she was not scared but she had to go I was weeping in the dream I hugged her for a short moment and then everyone seem to go back to putting things in order for her death it was weird a lot of things are unclear but I do remember her saying I’m ok

  6. A couple months ago, I had a dream of my dead grandma telling me what type of baby i was going to have. What does that mean???

  7. my brother died july 25 th 2019 we were also close and bonded all our lives . he became ill I took care of him till he died . I dream of him almost every night why

  8. I had a dream that a person I used to go to school with and that my partner went to school with the same person who is now passed that he was trying to get my husband and hurt him. I spoke to him and tried to stop him and then he was smiling at me the passed away person.
    Please what does this mean

  9. I had a dream about a grandmother of someone that I like for the first time secretly, died. In that dream, I attended to her funeral, and I saw the person that I like clearly (even now, I still can remember that part though it’s in dream). Somehow, I felt very sad for her death as if she is very important to me. Actually, I even don’t know her and can’t understand why I am very sad. But, in that dream, it seems like we have deep enough connection. around 2 weeks later, my grandma died. It really broked my heart deeply because she is very important to me, and I have many things to say to her for the last, but I can’t deliver it. After, she died, I often dreamed about her being alive and healthy. I even once dreamed I slept beside her death body.

  10. It may mean that you were very close to your aunt and you wanted to re-live that moment again. You did say shes was a motherly figure so you appreciate her. I’m sorry for your loss. Have a great day, Danita.

  11. I once had a dream of murdering my already dead grandparents with a gun & a knife just shooting one and stabbing another. Then my aunt comes in and joins in with a dagger. My mom comes in and lets herself get stabbed, my dad shot. So all four of them are dead. Help?

    • This dream is a manifestation of your knowledge of recent shootings and other violent events. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media. Share your positive energy with the world.

  12. I had a dream about my mom who passed away June 2018. She was sick but my sister and brother didn’t inform me. She lives in India myself in Canada. My sister is evil she didn’t keto my moms body so that I could go. I was not talking to my mom at the time of her passing due to my sister creating misunderstanding. She died sick worried not taken care by my brother and sister they mistreated mom. I feel so guilty for not calling mom. They abused me and my son. It hurt me so much I stopped talking to them. Now it hurts I miss my mom so much every elderly person I see reminds me of my mom I cry I wish she was alive. I am broken down. My siblings don’t talk to me saying that I didn’t give money for my moms treatment so she passed. I didn’t have nor did I know she was sick. My mom comes in my dream often I cry . Feel sad.

    • The experiences with your family members influenced your relationship with your mother at the time of her death. It is not your responsibility to care for someone who chose to not speak with you, though your feelings are valid. However, you should allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. It seems that you no longer have a connection with your sister, so there is no reason to consider her in the future.

  13. It sucks i keep having the same dream on my mother and I can’t sleep it fucks with me she passed away almost three years ago and I keep having the same dream of her death and it screws with a person mentally

    • The passing of your mother has influenced your dreams, and it seems that you have been impacted. Honor her memory by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.


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