Category: Dream Symbols

Dreams about the deceased – what do they mean? (dream interpretation, deceased, dead people)

Dreams about the deceased. A lot of people dream about people who are no longer alive. In other words, the dead appear in their dreams – and what might that mean? Are they visiting from the world of the dead? Or do they represent something going on within us at the moment? What would they say if they were still alive? On a basic level, the dead might represent a part of you that reminds you of them, or maybe they (and what they meant to you) still influence the way you live your life currently.

The deceased as a symbol of your relationship with them or aspects of yourself that reminds you of them. When other (living) people appear in your dreams (see Persons), the dream will often symbolize your relationship with that person. The same is true for the deceased/dead people. When they appear in your dreams, it might be a symbol of your relationship with that person (and as a result, how that relationship is an influence on your life), or the deceased might be a symbol of an aspect you possess that reminds you of that person. In the latter interpretation, it might be helpful to look at what you associate with that particular person, and if that might be a part of you too.

The deceased as a symbol of contact. Many people experience – a short time after someone close to them has passed away, for example – that the (deceased) person in question appear in their dreams. Psychologically this is often seen as a way of coping with grief, and whether you experience the dream as a real interaction with the deceased or if you’d rather see it as a beneficial process for you at this moment, well, then dreams about this (deceased) person might symbolize that you are saying goodbye. For this reason, it could take a while after a person has died before you might start to have these “goodbye-dreams”. People are different, so it is very individual how long it takes to accept someone’s death, if it is possible to accept at all.

The deceased may also be a commentary on how you live your life – if he/she was still alive, what would they say? What would grandmother/grandfather/my sister (i.e. the deceased) say to me in my current situation, if he/she was still here?

NOTE: Sometimes dream interpretation is difficult. The most important thing is that a given interpretation of a dream is only correct, if the person who had the dream feels moved by that particular interpretation – that it fits into their life.