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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. Hi, I dream of my lover who was dead a year ago and he appeared in my dreams three times and every time I was seeing him happily alive and in yesterday’s dream, he was asking me to marry him(which he asked many times when he was alive.). It was a suicide and I still regret for not being able to stop him from doing that. Now I am planning to get married as per my family’s decision and I’m afraid if this is a warning message from him.

    • Tornadoes often represent emotional transformations, unexpected changes, anxiety and frustration. The fact that dogs helped your mother out may mean she needs to rely on the loved ones she trusts during difficult times because dogs are often symbolic of loyalty and fidelity. You may also fear that your mother won’t take precautions to protect herself, which is why she didn’t listen to you in the dream and went near the tornado anyway.

  2. Hi . I had this dream on 26March2020.
    I was at work (not sure where) but it was important for me to be there. I remember having a pen(cil) and clipboard.
    I felt like I had purpose. (Something I questioned yesterday)

    I walked up to the counter(reception). Hight was about chest high. It looked more like a kitchen counter top. I was talking to someone (not visible,but I knew there was someone) behind the counter when Nathan appeared to my right. (I remember the place being well lit to my right. The only visible element was the counter.) He was in good spirit,jolly. (He’s currently not in a good space) A man then came walking up from behind me to my right and goes to walk past him to what I perceived to be the man’s office. (also very bright. Didnt see a door. Just light)

    Nathan half grabs his arm as he’s passing him and says “Dad this is Dandy,the woman I love and I’m going to marry her…” and some other things about me/us I dont remember. All the time with a smile and very happy. Glowing with joy . I’m shocked! Thinking WHAT??! His Dad turns (genuinely happy) and extends his hand greeting me and saying “Its really nice to meet you Dandy (and something else about Nathan and love ..I dont remember). I shake his hand , smiling nervously, and saying:” Its nice meeting you too Mr Miller….”

    Mr Miller then comes around Nathan towards me and I notice his wearing a navy blue and white striped shirt (no tie) and black pants and the closer he comes (still smiling) the taller he grows. ( Nathan is very tall in real life but his Dad, whom I’ve met in person, not. ) He continues towards me and reaches ,putting his arms around me in a hug (my head reaching just above his waistline at this point) I look up and he looks so tall I’m unable to see his face clearly. He then steps away, turns to leave saying goodbye to me and (I feel like he said see you soon or something. Like we will socialize soon) and his right arm stays behind around my neck (not in a gross way) still in the blue and white shirt sleeve. I take the arm, look at it, then at him, and he has both arms as he walks away, still smiling, and I put the arm back around my neck…….

    I turn back to the counter, Nathan is still to my right and there’s someone else (think my sister Wilma) to my left. Also in light now. I look at my left hand that’s on the counter( focus on my fingers) and I notice ( with more wonder than shock) that I’m not wearing my wedding ring. I tap it with the pen(cil) quietly saying “where’s my wedding ring? Why am I not wearing it? It’s probably at home”. Both Nathan and the person to my left is looking at me all this time…… (This is when I realise that Nathan’s Dad is no longer with us in real life {still dreaming} and then I wake up singing in my mind Ps121 in Afrikaans by Sune Botha .

    • Your dream seems to be a manifestation of a wide variety of social and emotional influences in your life. It seems that Nathan’s late father was central to this dream. Take this time for introspection and consider the purpose of this dream. You will honor his memory by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. If there is something that you feel that you should do at this time, then make whatever decision that you feel is appropriate.

  3. I dreamed my late husband was here I was hugging him with so much love. My late father and my family was there too at an upstairs house with a porch. We were all seating around the porch like old times. I have lost my husband 21 years ago and to this day I still miss him.

    • Your dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with your late husband. It is clear that you cared deeply for each other. Ensure that this dream guides you in a positive direction. You will draw positive people and energy with everyone in your life. This will ensure that you honor the memory of your late partner.

  4. I dreamt about my late mother coming back to life and in the dream we all knew that she had died, so we tried to start afresh from where she left from , she went to our neighbors to tell them she was alive again and we were very happy what could this mean

    • This dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with your late mother. There may be many aspects of your life which caused this dream to appear. It is possible that your neighbors were important to her social well-being. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will help you honor the memory of your mother.

  5. I had a dream that I had two eggs that were hatching. I don’t know where the eggs came from, they were just there. They hatched as crocodiles and one croc was two headed and I was surprised because I was expecting birds, not reptiles. I worried about them…didn’t want them to die or anyone to harm them. I let them adjust and walk on and then I realized they could be separated at the umbilical cord they dragged around and when I tried to do that….a large white dead bunny had umbilical all over it was coming out of one of the crocs…..not too sure about that (if it came out of the croc or from under it, as they were on the ground while I was trying to separate them.) cause I woke up….I became more concentrated on the stronger croc before waking up.

    • There may be various reasons for why this dream occurred. The presence of the baby crocodiles may be manifestations of certain aspects of your life. It seems that there are many symbols in your dream, and it would be best for you to take this time for introspection. This will help you you gain insights that will inform you regarding the purpose of this dream.

  6. Hello,
    In my dream, I received a note that my mother was dead (my mother died in real life in 2019 due to a brain injury) and there was a dead FBI agent by the note behind a table.
    I comforted the other FBI agent as I held their back and walked them over to the body first alerting it may be a hard sight for them.
    My fiancé was in the dream with me suddenly by my side and he held the note and correct me that she was alive until 3pm and we had until then to solve a puzzle and rescue her. The puzzle was a riddle, something about sliding, numbers 34 and 35 and the word Hampton. It was a druggie that had kidnapped her if that makes a difference.
    We had other tasks to do while working with the FBI on this case; and we left the puzzle for the FBI to solve since we weren’t sure. I prayed for my mom and them to find her as did my fiancé.
    I don’t recall the other tasks, but once we completed them I figured we could attempt finding my mom. I prayed for guidance along with my fiancé again. We then rounded a corner and on the yard of this house there was paint that said slide here, I looked up at the house and the address showed 1775 Hampton, but below that we’re 34 and 35.
    I ran to the doorbell, my niece answered the door (she was 3 in the dream) I walk in and Jamie (I don’t recognize her from
    Real life) the druggie is sitting in a chair with a girl Rachel (I believe she appeared because I just accepted her friend request on Facebook in real life; she is my fiancé’s cousin) when I glanced over at her she was no longer that Rachel but an older woman. I told Jamie we figured the puzzle not even the FBI, and that she promised my mom; she agreed. During this time my fiancé stayed outside calling 911. I then told Rachel that she was also at fault for this and ultimately she could have said no to helping. She had taken a snow globe and sewn inside my mother days prior. At 3pm the snow globe would have exploded by them detonating it.
    I run downstairs to my mom who is laid in bed asleep. I hold her stomach; and then I whisper to her that “it’s me, it’s Mindy” she is waking up but I want to make sure she feels safe; “it’s Mindy, I’m here and you’re ok, it’s safe, you’re going to be ok the ambulance is on the way” she smiled and I could tell from the look on her face she felt safe and loved and she was happy I was there.
    During this I’m thinking that her husband Paul (real life Husband as well) found out about her affair (She had an affair in real life as well) and that she would probably have to come stay with us and I thought of how to get the basement room for her ready. I also had this thought that I could do her hair and makeup that I never got to do all the way before and we’d have some great times.

    I’ve tried searching for meanings; maybe you can assist?

    In life, I have taken my autistic brother in; who I just realized is actually autistic. Knew he had some issues, knew he was tested, wasn’t sure if it was confirmed or not. He is 21 and my mother in real life did not guide him very much. I love my mother very deeply; but that did not happen. So I am working on lesson plans for him for us to do together to help him; I do not believe he will live on his own but I do want him to have be as independent as possible as would he.
    I’m not sure if this dream is a reflection of this?

    She passed away January 2019 if this helps. I also find it hard to “really” grieve because the pain is too much to bear. It was sudden and she was 52 at the time.

    Thank you so much for any guidance you may lend. I always try to interpret dreams for their deeper meanings.

    • This dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with your late mother. It is clear that her death was traumatic due to its suddenness. The address that appeared in this dream may be meaningful. Take this time to determine what this dream means to you, as there are a wide variety of influences in your life that manifested within your dream. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will help you honor the memory of your mother.

  7. Hello admin have a nice day, I just wondering if a friend has a possibility to become a lover? I mean what are the signs that you two have something more than friends? And he think he think the same way? He didn’t tell me but I feel it that our friendship goes deeper like couole.. I just need an answer what are the signs that friendship turn into something

    • Every friend has the potential to grow into something more. You are interested in strengthening your connection, and it seems that he is interested in you as well. Consider what you want for the future of this relationship, and speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Nourish your connection by spending additional time together in person.

  8. hello,
    i had a dream about my uncle who passed away two years ago. i remember he was just in my kitchen with me, his daughter, and my brother. at first it was all fine, we were all talking like as if it was a normal day and that his death never happened. but then all of a sudden he switches up like as if he was drunk. then he started getting aggressive towards his daughter. i then try to stop him but he started getting aggressive towards me, so then i had to get physical to defend myself. he was later pulled away from me and i started to cry saying ” i can’t do this anymore”

    i tried searching up what it can mean on why i was attacked in my dream by a dead relative.

    in real life my uncle was an alcoholic but he wasn’t aggressive towards anyone. however i did live in fear that he would one day get aggressive towards my family, so i wouldn’t go to sleep until i knew he was home safe and asleep. there were times when he wouldn’t come home for weeks. every time he was out for so long, he would come home sober. he would be sober for a month but then go right back to his drinking. i would get angry at him, i would always tell him messed up things. the day before he died the last thing i told him was ” i never want to see you again”. I never talked about that last time and how i felt both before and after his death, i kept it all to myself. after his death i would stay up at night thinking he will come home one day and that he is probably out drunk or out working but later cry because i knew he is never coming home and have the chance to tell him how much i loved and cared about him.

    I’m not sure if this could mean some type of warning or if i have to accept reality, etc, it been bothering me for a while and i hope i can get some type of help figuring this out. i would really appreciate it.

    • When it comes to dreams, your interpretation is likely the most accurate. You are aware that you need to make a decision that will benefit you. It is possible that the behaviors of your uncle were manifestations of your knowledge of the behaviors of many people who abuse alcohol. You do not need to regret your statements, as what you told him was true at that moment. Ensure that your experiences with your uncle guide you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as you will want to share your positive energy with the world.

  9. I had a couple dreams. Recently, in my waking life, I have been very disappointed with the job I have been doing for the past 21 years. In my dream, I suddenly realized I forgot my phone at work, so I left home to get it. Instead of showing up at work, I went to the house I grew up in and my dad who has been dead for the past 12 years or so was alive and well and the dog I grew up with was there as well as my mom for some reason as well even though she isn’t currently dead. My dad told me my phone was on the coffee table and I should get it before Lazy, the dog, knocks my drink over with his tail. I took my phone. I then sat and ate with them and had a conversation. I can’t remember what we talked about. I then left and don’t remember much more after that. I had a second dream last night with my dad in it as well. In that one, we were setting up for a family reunion. My dad hated family reunions, so that was kind of weird. Most of the relatives showing up had been dead for some time as well, some of which, I never met. I woke up some time before the reunion started. I have no idea what’s going on here, but I am sensitive to spiritual energy and often feel energy. I see spirits from time to time in my waking life, so I don’t know if my dad’s spirit is trying to tell me something or something else is going on. Please help.

    • This dream is a powerful manifestation of your various relationships. It is clear that your connection with your father was core to this dream. Your interpretation of your dream is likely correct, as you are aware of the experiences and relationships within your dream. Focus your spiritual energy on your emotional state when you were having this dream, and this will help you understand its purpose.

  10. Carrita
    I dreamt of a mother figure in my life who is dead for some years now coming into my house, at first l was shocked but immediately l became happy that she is alive. She entered her old room and asked me to bring light for her. I immediately went in search of a lamp but l woke up before l could find the light or even give it to her. Normally l am scared of dead people but l wasn’t scared of her. Even when l woke up from the dream, l was not scared at all. Please can you help me figure out what it means?
    Really grateful.

    • Your dream is a manifestation of the strength of the relationship that you share with this person. The light may be related to an aspect of your relationship or perhaps a quality about yourself that she appreciated. This dream is a sign of your positive behavior. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will draw positive people and energy into your life.

  11. I had a dream of my late husband. In my dream there is a two kids a little baby girl and my oldest niece. We were going down the elevator and one of the kids decided to sneak to the other side of the elevator. People heard him and was looking for him. Anyway we start walking out quietly like we didn’t know the other person. We got on a jeep and it started pouring hard like hard we couldn’t see the road we were going to go see my mom and she has passed as well. I kissed my late husband and he looked at me like wow girl.

  12. Hello
    my bestfriend is actually dead yet i dreamt of being in trouble and as usual he would save me.
    my mother is alive but most of the time i dream im at her funeral sometimes im sad, and sometimes happy.
    my father is alive too, yet i dreamt of him being tied and burnt alive and smiling at me
    sometimes i dream im in a car with my youngest brother, the car is falling in the sea, but before it falls i push my brother out and i fall with the car and drawn
    sometimes i dream that im drawning yet i can breath in the deep water. sometimes i dream im running as from something dont know what and then a bus hits my right side.
    i dont know why but those are most of my dreams i dont know even the meaning of them. please i need he help, bad things always happen especially after those dreams.

    • This dream is a manifestation of your various social and emotional relationships. It seems that your dream was focused on your late best friend. You feel that bad things happen after these dreams, so you may want to take time to consider what you can do in the future. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address the people within your dream regarding their purpose.

  13. dreamed that I was at my dads house. my sisters were sitting in a launch chair outside the house.
    there was an Indian doing some crazy smoking songs some ritual. one of my sisters asked if he was dead. I said your the one that brought the Indian here.

  14. Hi,
    I had a dream of my frnd, she appeared in my dream and wearing a torn dress and without coming her hair on her head and also she was awkward to look.

    She was in a good position only but Nowadays she has facing some small small issues. I don’t know why I had a dream like that.
    Is there any negative meaning hidden in my dream.

  15. Hi,
    I had a dream of my frnd, she appeared in my dream and wearing a torn dress and without combing her hair on her head, her hair was full of messy and also she was awkward to looks.

    She was in a good position only but Nowadays she has facing some small small issues. I don’t know why I had a dream like that.
    Is there any negative meaning hidden in my dream.


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