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When You Dream of the Dead

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The American Thanksgiving has come and gone and we are now officially in the holiday season…

I know it is the same in many other parts of the world, so this months topic deals with the sensitive issue of dreaming of loved ones who have passed on to the other side.

This time of year brings on memories of these loved ones and seems to trigger more of these types of dreams.

What is really going on…?

Is it possible that this is some kind of communication from beyond the grave? Or is it just wishful thinking on our part?

I did a little research on this from various sources, and found that many people DO believe they are being watched over by these loved ones and that they may be trying to communicate through dreams.

Some people feel that ALL dreams are communications from loved ones or guides. The truth is, there really is no way to know for sure. Our beliefs are what determines how these types of dreams are interpreted.
When You Dream of the Dead
My own feeling in general is that we use the persona of those who have passed on as a dream character to pass along information, just like any other dream character. However, I personally have never experienced a dream where I had no doubt that I was being contacted by one who had passed.

Those who HAVE experienced this certainty describe it as “there was absolutely no doubt about it!” The intensity of the dream and emotion was apparently far beyond the normal variety of dreams, and the memory stays with the dreamer for a long time to come.

Here’s what my friend Tony Crisp (an international dream expert) has to say:


What strikes me after many years of examining dreams about dead people is that primarily they are about the heritage of memories and influences those people have left us. Such things are alive in us and we carry positive or negative influences from them all the years of our life.

There are several types of dead people dreams, and sometimes as in the following dream, they can be ways in which we meet our own feelings about death and dying. In this example the dreamer is feeling fear about being carried off by death:

‘My husband’s mother, no longer alive, came and slid her arms carefully under me and lifted me up. I shouted ‘Put me down! Put me down! I don’t want to go yet.’ She carefully lowered me onto the bed and disappeared.’ E. H.

But the next dream has a very different feeling…

‘A dark grey sugar loaf form materialized. This pillar lightened in shade as I watched. It didn’t move. I began to think it was Mrs. Molten who died in 1956. The feeling grew stronger but still the colour lightened. Then it bent over and kissed my head. In that instant I knew it WAS my mother. An ecstatic joy and happiness such as I have never known on earth suffused me. That happiness remained constantly in mind for the next few days.’

Such a positive dream of contact are not as frequent as the preceding one, but when they occur their reality is easily known from their intensity and certainty of loved meeting.