To dream of a dead person is an experience that scares many people. But dreaming about a deceased family member is an event that not only reminds us of our mortality but also of the times we spent with that person.
This kind of dream evokes the memory of that person’s death as well as many negative emotions and things that go with it: bereavement, sorrow, depression, coffin, funeral, etc.
But not everything is so bleak. Since, in most cases, we are constantly surrounded by our family, this is one of the most ordinary and common dreams you can have. And death is one of the most natural things out there, so you shouldn’t look at it with some great fear.
Dream About Dead Family Member
As one of the most common dreams, the dream of a dead father, dead mother, dead grandmother, or other family members can have different meanings and interpretations, most of which aren’t scary at all.
Scary or not, remember, they’re just dreams!
1. A Relationship Might Come To An End
Dreams of dead relatives may indicate that a relationship with a person you still care about will come to an end. Of course, it can actually be a relationship with a family member, but it might also be with a friend or colleague whom you considered so close that you saw them as a relative.
However, for some time, you feel that the bond between you is not as strong as it used to be. You don’t know when it happened, but somewhere along the way, you simply became too different, and even your plans for the future aren’t the same anymore.
Although you feel deep inside like that is the right move, it won’t be easy to decide on such a radical step that will require you to let that person go their own way.
2. Great Responsibility Is Near
The death of a person is a great loss for any family that brings grief, sadness, and suffering. But besides the difficult time people go through, in many cases, someone must undertake the responsibilities and duties of the deceased. These can be responsibilities of emotional, financial, or some other nature.
If you had dream visitations by a dead relative, it is possible you feel that you will have to take on some difficult task or obligation at some point in the near future.
Maybe your employer will entrust you with something that will take a lot of time and effort and bring a lot of stress. Another possibility is that some family obligations you usually don’t take care of will be assigned to you. You can handle it only if you believe in yourself.
3. You Just Can’t Change Certain Things
No matter how dear our family members are to us, we can’t protect them from death because no one has yet escaped that destiny.
Dreams of dead people who are our relatives, such as mom, aunt, or grandparents, are mostly uncomfortable experiences because, during the dream, we feel helpless for not being able to do anything. Such a dream may imply that you are too burdened by things you can’t change.
In a way, humans are rulers of this planet, which often makes us feel like we can do anything, and it’s hard to resist this feeling. But there are situations where simply nothing can be done.
The message is clear. Deal with issues you can influence, i.e., which you can solve, and let the rest solve itself. You are not omnipotent!
4. You Can’t Seem To Let Go Of Something From The Past
Another possible dream interpretation is that you are unsuccessfully trying to forget an event from the past. However, no matter how hard you try, that event haunts you, and your subconscious and conscious minds use this dream as a constant reminder of it.
Maybe the person you dreamed about was involved in that situation, but it is also possible that the person is a symbol of something from bygone times. You feel like there’s some unfinished business and that you need closure in order to move on.
However, be aware that some things should be left in the past because reopening old wounds will not contribute to anything good.
5. Did You Actually Lose Someone Close?
Dreaming of a dead relative is sometimes a reflection of our desires since we subconsciously or consciously miss that person. In this way, the brain satisfies our emotional need for companionship through a dream but also processes the sadness and regret of losing that person.
If the person has recently passed away, this is the brain’s way of saying goodbye to that person and comforting the dreamer.
When people go through loss and grief, emotions become so intense that they are challenging to deal with. Therefore, it is not unusual that it takes years and even decades to fully accept a loss.
As time passes, most people realize that the pain subsides, but occasionally the brain needs to see that person again, have a little conversation, hug them, or say goodbye to that person in some way. Healing is a natural process of grieving, but so are memories.
6. Distance Yourself From Someone
Dreams of a dead relative can be a sign that you should distance yourself from people who drain your energy. It’s probably a person who is close to us but whines all the time. After every meeting and conversation with them, worry and anxiety start ruling over us.
However, since you are in a close relationship, it is difficult to avoid them. But you have to do it, at least for a while, to save your own psyche.
Spending some time without seeing that person might give you a new perspective regarding them or give you some wisdom on how to help them with numerous problems and complaints. Hopefully, they’re not helpless.
7. You Are Thinking Of Abandoning A Project
Seeing a dead family member in a dream may mean that in your waking life, you are thinking of giving up on a project or idea even before you have tried to implement it.
Unfortunately, people rarely decide to take on big steps because of the inevitable uncertainty that awaits them. The comfort and security of the known are just too alluring. Surprises and, therefore, disappointments, failures, and despair are rare.
You’ve probably been thinking about this project for a long time and waiting for the right moment to realize it, but that moment never seems to come. Instead, as each day passes, you are getting closer to coming to the conclusion that you will not be able to achieve what you’ve planned and will probably give up too soon.
The constant self-doubt and nervousness simply bother you too much, and in the end, it also starts to trouble your subconscious mind.
The message of these dreams is that you have to put an end to this, stop sabotaging yourself and decide how to proceed. And decide now!
8. Do You Miss Guidance In Life?
People who die are almost always older than us. If it is a person from the family, there is a big possibility that it was someone who not only meant a lot to us but also was a great help throughout our ups and downs. After all, our elders have tons of life experience and can guide us to the right path.
If you had someone like this in your life, it is not strange that you dream about them. Such dreams are usually indications that we lack their guidance and insights in our current life. While they were alive, they served us as a kind of counselor we could always rely on.
9. Some Changes Are Good
Although dreaming about a dead relative was traditionally considered a bad omen, nowadays, such a dream sometimes symbolizes the end of one phase and the beginning of a new one. After all, this dream forces us to face difficult feelings such as sadness, regret, and nostalgia.
All these feelings, as well as the death of a family member, represent a change in us and our lives. However, this change does not have to be for the worse; on the contrary, it can also bring progress, but before that, we will have to come to terms with the fact that we have lost someone and something familiar.
Our family is probably the most important thing to us, which is why a dream about a dead family member is loaded with meanings.
The most obvious ones are that we lost someone and missed them or their guidance or our inclination to change the unchangeable or inevitable.
This dream can symbolize the end of a relationship, the arrival of great responsibility, as well as our fear of embarking on (big) projects. It can also serve as a warning to distance yourself from someone, a reminder to leave something in the past, or a message that some changes are good.
We hope this is enough interpretation for one dream, but as always, additional explanations are available for those who ask questions in the comments.