It’s unsettling to dream about someone who has passed away. According to common belief, having contact with a departed person in a dream, whether you speak with him or listen to him, foreshadows unexpected news or significant changes in your life.
However, the interpretation might cause you to pause since it claims that the presence of a departed person in a dream indicates that they have not yet attained peace, and religious texts advise performing more rituals to fulfill their wishes.
Psychologically, having a dream about a deceased person (that you do not know) might signify the conclusion of a certain phase of your life.
It could have to do with “dead” emotions and broken social connections.
However, if the person you dream about is someone dear to you and they just passed away, you shouldn’t be alarmed since it just signifies that you are still suffering from this, which is very normal.
You may feel unmotivated as if you are walking on eggshells, and as if you are unable to go on in life no matter how hard you try.
Therefore, the deceased person in your dream can represent a piece of yourself that you’d like to let go of.
There are numerous interpretations depending on the circumstances surrounding the departed person’s appearance in a dream:
– If he is still alive and takes part in the action without playing a major role, the dream is associated with a buried love for that person, which hurts, in addition to other highly unsettling or strong emotions.
– If the departed person plays a significant part in the dream action and you make an effort to assist him, it indicates that you feel as though you left something unresolved between you and him when he was still alive.
– If the departed attempts to give you advice about something, it indicates that you need direction, safety, and comfort in real life.
Perhaps your dreams are an expression of how helpless and alone you feel. A dream like this, in which a ghost directs you, maybe incredibly consoling.
Four types of similar dreams were classified in 1992 research on the subject. In the first, the deceased’s dreamer is shocked to see him alive. These dreams, sometimes known as “resurrection” dreams, made up 39% of the dreams of research participants. They involve a type of denial of a loved one’s passing.
The second type, which included 23% of the dreams on this subject, is the one in which the dreamer receives guidance from the departed.
They typically happen a long time after the absence and inspire happy emotions, demonstrating that the dreamer has accepted the tragic circumstance.
The third kind of death-related dream is those in which the departed bid the dreamer farewell and reassure them that everything will be alright. In the research, 29% of patients reported these dreams.
The fourth and final kind is one in which the dreamer contemplates his or her own existence while thinking of the deceased loved one, giving the dream about the departed a philosophical tone. These dreams represented 18% of all instances.
The subconscious, therefore, tries to cope with loss and pain when you dream about a departed person, but you may already be accepting the thought that a loved one has passed away and have gained wisdom and a sense of protection from such a dream.