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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. Maybe you can help me interpret a recurring dream I’ve had over the last year. My grandmother passed away 15 years ago this month. We were VERY close; I relied on her as most people rely on their mother. I have a mother, but she’s always been emotionally distant. Anyway, in this dream I find that my grandmother’s death has been all a lie. She has been alive this entire time, but (for whatever reason) has been in hiding. My grandfather, who passed about 6 years ago, is still living in their home. He calls us all to their house to let us know that Grandma is home, and it was all a mistake…she never actually died.

    • Your dream is a reflection of your strong emotional relationship with your late grandmother. Your emotional relationship with your late grandfather has appeared as well. It is possible that something in your life has caused this dream to appear. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Jenn!

  2. Good morning. My husband just had a dream of his friend who passed away 3 years ago. But in the dream, his friend didn’t realize he was deceased. Someone gave him a paper (obituary) and was asking everyone if it’s true? Then, someone also gave my husband a picture of an obituary of himself. Please help me understand this for him. He woke up having a hard time dealing with this dream. Thank you!

    • His dream is a reflection of his emotional connection with his late friend. Death is often a manifestation of a change in your life. He will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. This will honor the memory of his friend, and it will draw positive people and energy into his life. Have a great day, Rae!

  3. I wonder if you can help with this one… I’ve tried searching for it, but it seem too specific.
    Here’s some background first:
    My grandmother, who was like a second mother to me, passed away about 3 and half years ago. It was a difficult years-long transition from not being able to live on her own, developing dementia… to living with me but we didn’t quite know what was going on with her yet, to assisted living (for a month before they almost killed her) to a prolonged hospital stay which took more of her mental function, to a rehab clinic for over 6 weeks (we stayed with her everyday or she wouldn’t eat or do the therapy) to an expensive and yet still terrible memory-care to another cheaper/worse memory care (due to lack of funds) to a slip-and-fall that shattered her ankle to a another prolonged hospital stay, another attempt a rehabilitation to Hospice for a week until she died. My mother (her daughter) and I were with her every day of the hospital stay (just like before), came to her every day of the rehab (just like the last time) and there day/night in Hospice, while we both also maintained the jobs we had.

    My dream last night was at a wake for her. (Which we didn’t do in life.) At this wake, there many old coworkers and friends that were active in my life at the time. (Not so much today; I moved out of state.) My grandmother looked beautiful, not as aged and old as she was when she passed but not a young version of her either. Somewhere in-between, I guess. A little older than middle-aged. I waited in a line of visitors to see her in an open casket. A few people went ahead of me and I just patiently waited my turn. Someone suggested I go ahead. Her right hand (closest to me) twitched while I was viewing her. I thought it only slightly odd. Then, my grandfather (her ex-husband; they divorced 24 years ago and he passed away at the age of 101 in 2011) came from the side and jumped on her. While she was in the casket. He kissed her! Me and others were pulled him off of her. After all the hubbub died down, I noticed that my grandmother had started moving and opened her eyes; like, she came back to life. I mean, I guess she did. I was astonished, flabbergasted and a little skeptical. But I remembered her twitching hand. Another guest asked me why I didn’t know she was still alive before, and why did I think she was dead after I told them about her hand moving. I said, “I don;t know. I should’ve known something when I saw her hand move, but I thought it was just a normal part of death. I’ve never seen a dead body before.” (In reality that’s not true, but IDK why I said it the dream. In the dream, I meant it.) Okay, so this is weird. People were flocking her, fawning over her and she was sort of holding court, much like sh could do in life. I wanted to go to her, too, but hung back. I can’t fully remember why (I’m already losing the detailed memories) but maybe it was because there was a group there around her? My old boss, for whom I worked for a long time and still have a sense of loyalty and admiration for, arrived late. He was walking in with his wife I ran up to them outside, excited. They smiled at me, softly; like you would when seeing someone at a funeral. “Bill! You missed it! Did you see? She’s alive!” They looked confused. But then they said [something] that let me know they weren’t confused that she was alive, they confused I didn’t know sooner. Not like THEY always knew, or something. But just that I should’ve known this about her earlier. I did end up going to her; again, after others encouraged me to go ahead. But, I can’t remember what was said exactly. I remember approaching her. I remember an embrace. I remember thinking how beautiful she was. I remember her being kind of amused by me, by the scene, by it all.

    So, okay. I’ve had some weird dreams… but WTF is THAT?! I didn’t eat or drink anything crazy last night. I have wondered if I would “Feel” her again in my life and had spoken about that a little while ago. Was it just a desire to see her again? Like, I just missed her? A visitation? My subconscious working something out? Any thoughts or ideas?

    Thank you much!

    • The presence of your late grandmother in your dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with her. This is a strong dream, which is an indication that something in your life caused you to have this dream. The powerful connection that formed from this dream will influence you in a positive direction. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. This will ensure that you honor the memory of your grandmother. Have a great day, Tmills!


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