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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.

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.


  1. I often have dreams of my deceased father, he is always alive. My father passed in 2014 due to cirrhosis of the liver. Prior to his diagnosis I moved far away, when I found out he was sick I immediately went and visited. His name was put on a transplant list and on two occasions was being prepped for the transplant and couldn’t have it. He died 20 days after I left to go back home. My dreams are always of me and him doing things together. However, I had a dream about an argument with him, a dream where he shows me himself in the hospital, and most recently a dream of him in jail. The dreams are usually spread apart but the past few nights they’ve been consistent.

    • Your dreams are reflections of your strong emotional connection with your late father. This dream is a manifestation of your knowledge and memories of his life and death. The various settings of this dream may be a sign of other influences in your life. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will honor the memory of your father. Have a great day, Tatiana!

  2. I had a dream about my little brother that passed away in January in a car accident. Just little over a month after his 18th birthday. I keep having dreams about how but hes not 18 hes a little kid sometimes he looks about 3-10 years old mostly were in our old childhood home or our grandparents house but here lately were in weird places I’ve never seen before. I miss him like crazy.

    • Your dream is a reflection of your strong emotional connection with your late brother. Other social or media influences in your life may have caused this dream to manifest. You may be aware of a friend that you share a strong emotional connection with may be exhibiting risky behavior. You will honor the memory of your brother by sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Cheyenne!

  3. My husbamd of 20 years died suddenly 10 months ago. I keep having dreams he is alive. First it was when I got the life insurance he came back and I was devastated because I had already spent some of the money and was going to have to pay it back. Most recently I have been talking to another man and there is some chemistry between us. Nothing going on yet. But this morning I had a dream he was alive and jusr had amnesia didn’t remember me or the kids. I want to move on and start a new life as I am only 46 but afraid he is trying to tell me something.

    • Your dreams are reflections of your strong emotional connection with your late husband. Your dreams may be manifestations of your emotional thoughts regarding your current social and emotional influences. You are aware that your partner as passed, so allow this knowledge to influence your future actions. Determine what you want for your future. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will honor the memory of your husband. Have a great day, Regina!