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

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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.

dreaming of a dead loved one being alive

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.

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  1. My fiancé died in his sleep from leukemia 7 3/4 years ago. I have this dream where we’re at our Senior beach party and he told me “As sure as the stars hang above,my love for you is true” he said that right b4 propose sing to me. As I say yes and we start walking towards the water we reach out to each other but I can’t reach him and he’s saying something I can’t hear

    • This dream is a reflection of your strong emotional connection with your late fiance. His statement in your dream likely influenced you in a strong manner in your waking life. Your inability to hear and reach him was a manifestation of your knowledge that he has passed. Act with kindness and compassion, as this will honor the memory of your fiance. Have a great day, Scotty!

  2. My little brother passed away last year after being shot in the head during a robbery. We were very close so when he passed away I was very hurt and angry at him. He often visits me in my dream which be happy visits. I even got yo hold him and tell him I love him in one while I cried in his arms. Last night I had a dream that felt so real. I dosed off. My boyfriends Lil girl was asleep in the living room. In the dream I hear her fussing with someone and she comes in the room and tells me that my brother was here. At that moment I feel someone which I think was him used me and my voice to tell her to be quiet like he didn want me to know. I tried to awake but couldn’t. I could feel him there but I couldn’t see him. When I awoke I could still feel the feeling of being breathless from the ghostly sound of his voice. Can u please tell me the meaning of this

    • This dream is a reflection of your strong emotional and social relationship with your late brother. You may have felt that he visited to you to support you during this time. It is clear that he wants to share his positive energy. Allow this dream to guide you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will honor the memory of your brother. Have a great day, Turk!

  3. My younger sister was hit by a car on Oct 1, 2017. I dreamed about her for the first time 2 nights ago. She was with an old friend of mine that I haven’t spoken to in about 8 years or something. I was walking a dog I had never seen before and thought I saw an injured dog in the street so I ran over to check on the dog, which ended up not being a dog but just trash. Then a car beeped at me and I was getting ready to yell at them and I saw my friend Colleen driving and Maria got out of the car. We ended up laying together…her kind of laying on me. I asked her where she was coming from but I don’t remember what she said. I asked her if she was really gone and she said “kind of but not really” she never really looked at me. I can’t remember if we locked eyes! I traced her face with my finger and then just woke up…

    • This dream is a reflection of your strong emotional connection with your late sister. The other people in your dream may have been manifestations of your various social and emotional relationships. Your inability to remember aspects of this dream may be a sign that you aware that your sister has passed. Allow this dream to guide you to share your kindness and compassion with the world, as this will honor the memory of your sister. Have a great day, Martha!

  4. I had a dream where I saw my deceased friend /colleague who died of cancer recover and alive. We hugged happily and I told her to dress up and go back home but she declined. Don’t know what that means

    • This dream is a reflection of your strong emotional and social connection with your late friend. Your friend’s lack of ability to join you in returning home is a sign that you are ware of the knowledge of death. Allow this dream to guide you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will honor the memory of your friend. Have a great day, Og!

    • Dreams about dead people are often filled with various influences from your life. It is possible that someone that you care for in your waking life is sick. This sickness may have caused your late friend or family member to appear sick in your dream. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Share your kindness and compassion with the world, as this will honor the memory of your friend or family member. Have a great day, Nida!

  5. I had a dream where I was sitting with my grandmother (who passed away 3years ago) and my mother who is battling cancer the 3 of us were outside sitting on a patio and we were talking, laughing and just generally happy. I don’t know if I’m reading too much into it but it makes me fearful that this might mean something will happen to my mom

    • This dream is a reflection of your strong emotional connections with your late grandmother and your mother. This dream is not a sign of the future or of fate. However, it is true that your mother will pass, as we all will. Allow this dream to influence you to spend additional time with your mother. Have a great day, Sam!

  6. I dream that my deceased boyfriend who was killed by police wakes from his casket before he was buried.
    I dreamt that his casket was inside the family house and it was open and he begans to strecth and slowly open his eyes and smiles at me and tries to talk to me but I ran out the house out of fear. I went to call some witnesses and by the time I returned they told me that doctors had came and injected him and he is really dead now. I dont understand this dream.

    • This dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your late partner. His activity in your dream may be a sign that he had much more life in him. The injection by the doctor is similar to the shooting by a police officer. You are aware that he has passed, so allow his memories and this dream to guide you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will honor his memory. Have a great day, Marsha!

  7. My son passed away from leukemia almost two years ago at the age of eight. Since his birthday last week, I’ve been dreaming about him a lot. However, this morning I dreamt that he had come back to life. I was happy but also confused cause I know he was dead. I made people come over to my house to see if they could see him too. They all could. Everyone, even friends who never met him, could see and hug him.

    • This dream is a reflection of your strong emotional connection with your late son. It is likely that his birthday reminded you and caused this dream to manifest. Your social connections in this dream were signs that your friends and family have helped you during this time. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will honor the memory of your son. Have a great day, Laura!

  8. I had a dream that my grandfather who died 3 years ago came into my dream and showing anger. All my family memebers were there, but he was only aggressive And angry at me. I was finding my way to please him. He looked really aggressive, unconscious/high and nobody wanted to get near him because everyone in my neighbourhood knew he was dead and came back alive. Only I was walking beside him trying to please him. It was so real. Not sure what does that mean. But i have been having dreams of my grandfather is disappointed and angry at me several times ever since he passed.

    • These dreams may be reflections of various social and emotional concerns and worries that you have in your life. If these behaviors are not reflections of his actions while he was alive, then they are manifestations of the media that you consume. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, M!

  9. I dreamt that my late brother and I were building a bicycle…we hadn’t completed the build and left it outside to discover it had been stolen

    • This dream is a reflection of your strong emotional connection with your late brother. The bicycle is a reflection of your relationship. It was unfinished as your brother has passed. The theft may be a sign that this relationship can no longer be maintained. However, you will find great benefit in allowing this dream to guide you to share your kindness and compassion with the world. This will honor the memory of your late brother. Have a great day, Dave!

  10. I dreamt about my first boyfriend from middle school, who passed away a few years ago and I sad that close to in our adult years. I dreamt of him twice recently and in both dreams I was aware he would die so I did whatever I could to stay physically close to him at whichever event happened in the seperate dreams.

    • This dream is a reflection of your previous emotional connection with your late partner. Both dreams are a sign that something in your life influenced your memories. Your attempts to stay close to him are signs that he had a strong impact on your life. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will honor his memory. Have a great day, Billie!

  11. I had a dream about my grandma who died 10 years ago from chronic debilitating diseases. In the dream she was in a wheel chair and or family was taking care of her as we had done before. I don’t know what the dream meant it was happy because she was there and alive but at the same time it was very sad because I know that’s not the way she wanted to live.

    • This dream is a reflection of your emotional and social relationship with your late grandmother. You were aware of her feelings and experiences. Something in your life may have caused this dream to manifest. Allow this dream to guide you to share your kindness and compassion with the world, as this will honor the memory of your grandmother. Have a great day, Samantha!

  12. I had a dream that my dead sister in laws dead, grey body was suspended by wires to make it look like she was walking down the aisle , they then suspended her in a yoga position in the air during the ceremony. At the end of the wedding, I looked at her and her soul had come back to her body and she looked alive but exhausted and she said ‘I need to go’ and we all knew that meant her soul needed to go back to ‘heaven’. what could this mean?

    • This dream is a reflection of your social and emotional connection with your late sister in law. The wedding may be a reflection of your relationship with her. The yoga positions may be manifestations of her behaviors or your desires. Your sister in law has passed, so allow this dream to guide you to share your positive energy with everyone in your life. This will honor the memory of your sister in law. Have a great day, Sonia!

  13. When my husband passed away I would always dream that I would see him somewheres. He was always calling me to go to him but I never could get to him. There was always something or somebody in the way. Then the dreams I would have I would see him and talk to him. I would hug him so tight and tell him that I love him and miss him so much all while crying so much.

    • These dreams are reflections of your emotional connection with your late husband. When his had recently passed, you had felt that you could not reach him. Now, you are able to share your physical connection with you. Allow these dreams to guide you to share your positive energy with the world. This will honor the memory of your husband. Have a great day, Amanda!

  14. I had a dream, someone called me saying that my mother (who was battling against cancer) has passed away in the hospital (in reality it has already been 10 years that she is no more) and when I went to pay her a last visit in the hospital she came back to life, and I was so happy that I hug her, start chatting with her. Everyone was happy in the dream that she is back from the dead.

    • This dream is a reflection of your emotional and social memories and connection with your late mother. The presence of the hospital is a reflection of her end of life. Allow this dream to guide you to share your kindness and compassion with the world. This will ensure that you honor the memory of your mother. Have a great day, Jenny!

  15. I had a dream about my dead grandmother. In the dream, I was home and my phone rang. When I picked it up it was my grandmother, telling me that I should close the windows in her apartment. Since she was dead, I was very confused about how she was calling me and how she knew it was raining. My brother was in the room too, when he asked who was on the phone, I told him it was our grandma, he sat me down and said that she is in her apartment and that it would be best if I go see her. We went to the apartment, and at first i couldn’t see her, even though my brother could, and after a while i saw her, and then i had a panick attack. She told me that she had faked her death and went with a friend to travel the world. What does all of that mean?

    • This dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your late grandmother. It is possible that the behaviors of your grandmother in your dream are manifestations of your knowledge of your waking life. The concept of her faking her death is a sign that you felt that she had a lot of energy during her life. Share your kindness and compassion with the world, as this will honor the memory of your grandmother. Have a great day, Lu!

  16. My friend / ex love, whom I loved more than anyone in my entire life, passed a year ago. He came to me at first right after he passed and I felt he was ok. Now it has been one year since, he came to me in a dream, but he was high on heroin (he struggled with drugs and alcohol and it is possible that he died from an overdose), in my dream while he was high, he looked drawn, almost like a skeleton, and he was asking me for help to stop, and then I woke up. Wondering what this could mean?

    • This dream is a reflection of your previous emotional connection and experiences with your late partner. This may have manifested due to something in your life reminding you of heroin or another drug. He has passed, so these manifestations are reflections of your thoughts and feelings. Allow this dream to guide you to share your kindness and compassion with the world. This will ensure that future manifestations of him are positive. Have a great day, Anjul!

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