Dreams can be terrifying especially when they are about a dead person who may be a relative, family member, or friend.
Let us look at why you may see a dead person waking up and giving you something, talking to you, or smiling in your dream. This article will help you to understand the interpretation of those dreams. A dead person alive in your dream should never terrify you because those dreams have a meaning.
Fear levels increase especially when there is a great feeling of physical contact with the dead that you are dreaming about. This may include hugging, kissing, or eating together with the dead person in your dreams.
Seeing a dead relative in your dream meaning
Relatives are some of the closest people in our lives and it is okay to see them in your dreams especially if you used to share a lot with them when they were still alive.
However, there are cases that they may also be trying to communicate something that is not letting them rest in peace. Seeing a dead relative in your dream may mean the following:
1. The return of something lost or missing in your life
When you suddenly see a dead relative in your dream that dies a while back, it is clear that there is something new heading your way.
Many people that have experienced this testified that whenever a relative appeared in their dreams after along time, they always experienced a lot of changes in their lives in connection with what they shared with the deceased.
For example, my friend saw her dead aunt in dream yet she passed on a bout a year back. They had been following up on a some business opportunity together. About a week later, someone from the organization called her to inquire if they were still interested in the deal.
The relative may not necessarily come back to life but he/she may symbolize your reunion with something that got lost from your life or union with something missing in your life.
2. Missing the dead relative in your dreams
It is normal and okay for this to happen since replacing some people can be very difficult especially if you two were close.
There are high chances are that you are going through a difficult situation in terms of accepting the loss. This will make you see the deceased relative in your dream all the time.
In most cases, you are feeling insecure and thus the need for extra emotional security.
It is only time that will help you get rid of this dream and in most cases, dreams of dead relatives triggered this way have no deep meaning.
For example, if you had an uncle who showed you love and gave you security, then it is not a surprise that you dream with him.
3. Your dead relative has a message for you
Seeing a dead relative after some time in your dreams means that you may have given up on a goal that you started together.
This may be something that the late was passionate about and they really wanted to see it become a reality. You may have lost the urge to push on because you are alone yet they want you to keep fighting.
Your relative then appears in your dream to pass the message that you need to continue pursuing the goal from where you left.
4. You have not moved on
This means that you still grieve over the relative’s death. The subconscious mind then brings his or her image to you in the dream.
This means that you need to accept what happened to the relative. It may not be easy to do but you need to accept the loss. You need to know that they are also okay in the afterlife.
5. You are guilty and have regrets
You may have wronged the relative while he/she was still alive. So, the guilt and regret for your action(s) may be haunting you more often.
The subconscious mind may bring the relative’s image in your dream(s) to inform you of a need for reconciliation.
The courses of actions you are directed to take may include, forgiving yourself for the wrong you did and seeking forgiveness from the relative’s close family.
Dream of a dead person giving you something
A dead person giving you something in your dream means that they want you to take charge of what they left behind.
So it is good to try and remember what you were receiving from the dead based on how you used to relate to them.
Here are some of the things that many people have reported to have received from their dead relatives, family, and friends in dreams:
- Being given a ring in the dream means that you are about to marry or get married. It is also a sign that the deceased would really love you to see you get married.
- Being given money in the dream may mean that you will be given an inheritance or you will experience increased profit in your business.
- Being given shoes by a dead person in a dream may mean that an intriguing journey or a successful trip is on your way.
- Receiving clothes from a dead person in the dream may mean that you are about to undertake a troublesome journey in your life. You will be delegated an important responsibility in the future.
- A dead person giving you a bag in your dream may mean that you are going to accomplish your plans. It signifies the support and positive will of the dead that you should complete the mission that you started before they died.
- Receiving an expensive gift from a dead person in a dream may mean that you will experience an increase in your wealth or an increase in your business profit.
- For a woman, receiving Jewelry from a dead person in any dream may predict the accomplishment of a long-awaited target.
- Being given an empty gift box in a dream may mean your close friends are about to betray you. This always comes as a warning from someone that dies while caring so much about your wellbeing.
In most cases, receiving things from the dead in your dreams mean that something good is about to happen in your life. This is always in terms of blessings and a positive change.
You may need to consult with your elders for more clarifications about the dead and how you used to relate with them.
Dream of dead person talking to you (Explained)
Sometimes you may see a dead person that you loved talking to you in your dream. This can mean any of the following:
1. Sharing a bond with the dead when they were alive
Chances maybe you wronged the loved one while he/she was alive. As a result, you may have been thinking about the wrongs that you did to the deceased more often.
The subconscious mind may be bringing the image of the dead person to pass a message that you need to let go of the guilt and move on.
2. You miss the dead person
You miss the time, moments and the insights that you had together with the loved one.
Your subconscious mind retrieves the memories and brings the image of the dead person in the dream to satisfy the longing that you have for this person.
3. A message is being passed to you
In the dream, the subconscious mind may try to simulate the real situation the way the loved one could have advised you if he/she was still alive.
This may happen so as to enable you to make a decision that may be troubling you in real life.
Dreaming of a dead person waking up
Sometimes after viewing the body of a dead loved one in real life, you may see them aking up in your dream.
Dreaming of a dead person waking up may mean the following:
1. You miss the dead person.
If he/she was a loved one, you may be missing the time, moments and the insights that you had together.
Your subconscious mind retrieves the memories and brings the image of the dead person waking up in the dream to satisfy the longing that you have for this person.
2. A door may be opened soon
The waking up of the dead person may mean that one of your dreams that seemed to fade away will come true.
Meaning of hugging a dead person in a dream
In case your dream involves hugging a dead person, then the meaning of the dream can be known by looking at the dream in a more specific way. Let’s look at some situations that probably occurred in the dream.
1. Hugging a dead person who is angry at you
This may mean that you need to get rid of guilt or grieve you have towards the dead person. Chances are that you may have wronged the dead person during his/her lifetime.
You end up thinking about the dead person and the wrong often during the day. Thus, your subconscious mind retrieves the image of the dead person from your memory to help you heal the guilt.
This may also mean that the dead in your dream has forgiven you and he or she has moved on in peace. However, if you fall into a hole in dream after seeing a dead person mad at you in your sleep, then you may be in danger.
This means that you should never hurt those that are around you anymore because we will all move on in life at some point.
2. Hugging a dead person that you don’t know
This may mean that some positive changes will take place in your life. In this kind of a dream, you may not know the dead person but you know that he/she is dead.
By the time of dreaming, you don’t know what the positive change will be or what it is. The hugging now symbolizes you getting the positive change in your life.
3. Hugging a loved one who died
There are situations that you may dream that you are together with someone who has died and you are laughing, dinning and even hugging. This may mean that:
a) You are in denial of the death of the loved one who died
Loosing a loved one is not something that you can just forget like that. Therefore it is always okay to keep seeing them in your dreams.
As a result, you may be thinking of the pain that the loved one’s death left in your life.
The subconscious mind tends to bring the image of the loved one in the dream as a way of directing you to move on and accept the death of that loved one.
b) You are missing the loved one
In this case, you may be thinking about the wonderful moments you had together and you are missing the loved one.
As a result, the subconscious mind brings the image of the loved one to satisfy the longing that you have for this person.
Hugging a dead person in your dream may also be a spiritual sign that the deceased is also missing you and is trying to show you love.
3. Hugging a child who is dead
If the child was yours, this may mean that you have not moved on and that is okay.
Probably, you still grieve over the child’s death and think about death more often during the day. In response to this, the subconscious mind brings the image of the child in your dreams.
However much you that you need to accept the loss, don’t push yourself since time is the best healer in this situation.
Dreaming about a dead person smiling
When a dead person is smiling in your dream, it means that he or she is at peace with the whole situation.
It means that they are resting in peace and they have accepted their fate. This may also mean that they want you to be strong and fight on.
In most cases, you will always dream of a dead friend, parent, or close relative smiling with you.
This is because they know you used to share good moments and they want you to accept their fate because is not your fault.
Never be scared when you dream of a dead person smiling at you because this is a good sign that they are fine and they also need you to know they want you to be happy.
This means that seeing a dead person happy in a dream signifies that they really want you to cheer on and never to remain sad because they are okay in the spiritual world.
Marrying a dead person dream interpretation
There are situations where you may dream of marrying a dead husband, fiancee, or a close friend. This means there was a clear bond between you before their death.
The first meaning of marrying a dead person in a dream is that this may be due to the fact that the two of you were in love hen they were still alive and your emotions are just rolling out.
This is Normal because in most cases, you are re-playing your lives together and there for you end up seeing what you really loved about the person.
Marrying a dead person in a dream may also mean that the dead are trying to show their affection to you and that they still care about you.
However, marrying a dead husband in a dream means that they are trying to show you that they will always remain to be a part of you even in the afterlife.
Getting married to your boyfriend or someone you ere close to in your dream may show mean that the dead really loved you and they are just trying to show you their affection.
Myths about seeing a dead person in a dream
There are several myths from different cultures about the dead. Some of those can be summarized as follows;
1. Seeing a dead person in a dream has a meaning
Since the ancient and old times in memorial, the best way that the dead try to communicate to the living is through dreams.
Some people think that this is a myth because they simply do not believe in dreams. Well, it doe not matter whether you believe in them or not but the fact is that some dreams should never be ignored.
There are several facts that can prove that seeing a dead person in a dream is not just something you should ignore.
This is because we have our physical body and the spirit as well. Our lives do not end when we die. It is the body that dies but our spirit will always live on.
2. Dead persons appear in dreams because they need help from the people who are living
To support this claim, some people claim that life after death is a miserable life to the dead.
There is no proof of this claim in fact even the most famous religions of the world regard this as a myth. It is a fact that life after death is not bad because there are no physical and material challenges.
The dead may alsways have some unfinished bussines especially if they die in an accident or unplanned tragedy.
Personally, I keep seeing my dead mother in my dreams and she used to guide me so much as a young boy in his teens.
She only visits when I’m in situations where I really do not know what to do and I learned not to ignore the signs and meaning of seeing my dead mother in dreams.
3. Dead people appear in dreams to revenge against the wrong done to them
Most religions and even science regard this as a myth but in most cases, this is never a myth.
Many people explain that even if there exists life after death, the soul of a dead person does not function with the same emotions that he/she had while still alive.
This has also been proven wrong since some myths have also indicated beyond doubt that a dead person may somehow find a way to revenge the evil done to them when they were a life.
It is a fact that when you kill someone who did not offend you in any way, you can never be at peace because they will always find a way to make you suffer.
This will be through relatives, bad luck that may always come your way or things like that.
4. Dead people appear in people’s dreams to trouble the dreamer
Some people say or think that the dead are all evil spirits and they do this for the sake of satisfying their desires without any reason.
This is regarded as a myth since most famous religion and even science show that the dead person does not function with the same emotions as he/she had while still alive.
The dead will never trouble you in your dreams for no reason. They are always trying to communicate and the problem with some people is fear.
Right from birth, we are taught in the wrong way that all dead people are evil. This is very wrong and is the main reason why some people are scared of dreaming about the dead.
You should stop believing in negative myths about seeing dead people in your dreams. Try to understand the meaning of those dreams.
5. Dead people are looking for compassion from the dreamer
Some people say that dead people are desperate since there may be much sadness, regrets, and guilt in life after death.
This is just a myth and it is never true at all. Dead people will always come back in dreams for a reason and it is good to try and get the message.
As seen throughout this article, dreams that involve one seeing a dead person in a dream may have different meanings.
Cultures and religions may interpret this kind of dream differently. So it is only important that you find the right way to know what is good.
Considering all those, it is good to think through each interpretation and relate it to your life. Then decide on the right course of action that you should take.
It is also a myth to say that seeing a dead person mad at you in the dreams is a sign of punishment from God. God’s punishment is never obvious and we should not be too quick to judge.
What does it mean when you see a dead person alive in your dream?
There exist many interpretations of this kind of dream. The interpretations are based on different factors such as culture and religion among other myths or beliefs.
With this in mind, let’s’ look at some specific situations that may occur in dreams that involve those who have passed on.
Seeing a dead person alive in Hindu belief
From an Indian book called Kabbalah, it is believed that seeing a dead person alive is a confirmation that the dead person’s soul is still alive.
To support this, the book gives the analogy that, if an animal dies, one cannot see the animal in the dream.
If a human dies more so a relative, the dead person may appear in a dream since the soul is alive.
A Hindu book called Talmud says that if the dead person who appeared in the dream ate and drank in the house, Then this is a good sign of love.
It means that the dead person that was eating with you in a dream is happy and is trying to communicate that they loved you.
Eating and drinking with a dead person n dream is always a good sign that the dead person is trying to show you that even if they are dead, they are still with you in spirit.
The Hindus believe that if the dead person takes any utensil out of the dreamers’ house, this is a bad omen for the dreamer’s family.
In fact, if the dead person takes shoes and sandals from the house of the dreamer, this indicates that a person in the dreamer’s family may die.
The Hindus believe that the appearance of the dead person confirms that the dreamer has good friends whom the dreamer should continue to follow their footsteps.
Hindus also believe that if the dead person in the dream is a relative, then this is an indication of an increase in wealth to the dreamer.
They believe that if the dead person hugs, kisses or bites the dreamer, this is a bad omen that indicates trouble ahead in the dreamer’s life.
It is believed that if the dead person gives the dreamer something in the dream, then something good will happen in the dreamer’s life.
However, if the dreamer refuses to take the dead person’s gift, then something bad may happen in the dreamer’s life.
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