Everyone dreams, even people who say they don’t. Sometimes, when dreaming, you will see people who are dead or dream of a friend that has passed away.
It also happens that although you see dead friends in your dreams, they are still alive and well in reality. This is interesting and very common! The question to ask yourself is: why do I dream of a dead person?
When you dream of deceased friends, it can be shocking, comforting, and frustrating at the same time. But there are reasons behind these dreams, and they can tell you a lot about how you’re coping with their loss or how you look at your relationship with them.
Dream About Deceased Friends
1. A comforting experience
Sometimes, dreaming about dead friends could include them appearing as messengers to deliver important news, reflecting on your relationship in the past and present, or that you are attempting to keep your friend alive by dreaming about them.
The deceased person often appears in a state of joy or happiness. They may be smiling, laughing, and happy to see you. Or they may appear as a child or young person, showing that they are still alive spiritually.
Some people have reported seeing deceased loved ones as angels or spiritual beings. These visions are usually accompanied by feelings of unconditional love, peace, and acceptance.
This can soothe your emotions and be exceptionally comforting for those who have lost someone close to them, especially if they question their faith or believe that death is merely an ending rather than a transition into another form of existence.
2. Let them go as a way to move on from grief or guilt
Perhaps your dream is trying to help you heal from a trauma that happened while they were still alive and console yourself because they couldn’t help you with it at the time.
When someone dies, we often ask ourselves, “What if?” What if I had called them more often? What if I had visited more? What if I had gone out more often with them?
These questions can haunt us forever; however, they do not do justice to our departed loved ones as they cannot hear us questioning ourselves over their death any more than we could change what happened back when they were alive.
Seeing a dead friend in your dream can be difficult and make you feel confused and sad. However, it’s also a sign that you’ve reached the end of the grieving process and are ready to let go.
3. Try to work out some unresolved issues with the deceased
You might be in emotional pain because of something one of these friends did or some unfinished business you have with them, and the only way it’s possible for you to deal with the pain is through this dream where you can see them and talk to them again.
It could even be replaying previous conversations or arguments to get closure from unresolved feelings.
If the dream is pleasant and you are enjoying the time with them, it may mean that you’ve come to terms with their death and are ready to move on. If the dream is upsetting, it may mean that you still have some unresolved issues with this person’s death.
Dream About Friends Who Are Still Alive
If you see dead friends who are still alive, the dream is primarily about your relationship with them. If they’re not a big part of your life anymore, or circumstances have drastically changed, it may be a sign for you to let go and move on.
1. You are worried about their well-being
If you are worried about someone, your subconscious mind could be trying to protect you against the shock of sudden loss by preparing you for it, even if it never happens.
You may have heard something about them recently that leads you to believe they are not doing well. And your nightmare serves as a warning for you to check up on them or to go see them.
In these cases, often friends are drowning or having an accident, which is a manifestation of them having misfortune or going through tough times.
2. Feelings of guilt
When you dream of a dead friend, this can signify guilt. Your intuition tells you that you failed them as a friend. Perhaps the last time you saw them, you had a considerable discussion, or you had to tell them the bad news.
The reason behind this is that when we have arguments with people, we tend to replay these scenarios repeatedly. This can cause us to feel guilty about what happened, so when we are asleep, this guilt comes out in our dreams as seeing our friends dead.
The dream can also mean that you feel like people around you are dead but still functioning normally. This can be seen as a metaphor for disappointment, loss, and betrayal.
You may feel they don’t want to talk to you anymore or don’t like being around you. You might also think there is some tension between the two of you, causing stress or anxiety for both parties involved in the friendship.
3. Your friend in waking life may be changing
You might feel lonely and worried about losing your friends. You may be afraid that you will lose touch with them because they are becoming more distant or busy with their own lives.
You may be afraid of losing them, but that doesn’t mean they will die! They are probably just growing up and leaving behind the person they once were.
4. You can be going through changes yourself
Dreaming of dead friends can also signify that they represent a part of yourself that is no more. Maybe you used to share specific characteristics with this person, and you’ve since developed differently.
It may just reflect your subconscious fears or anxieties, which are typical for anyone going through life changes like marriage, pregnancy, etc.
Such a dream can occur when our lives feel out of balance or out of control. We may feel like we’re losing touch with certain people because they’re moving away or undergoing important moments in life that take them away from us physically or emotionally.
5. Something in the dreamer’s life or environment doesn’t align with their values
It may mean that you are experiencing some emotional distress.
The dream may be a way for your unconscious mind to express feelings you have been suppressing or repressing. It is a way for your subconscious to let you know something is bothering you.
Dreams about dead friends are not necessarily bad dreams. They may simply be a way for your unconscious mind to communicate with your conscious mind about some issue that needs attention. In fact, dreams about dead friends can be helpful if they give you insight into the situation at hand or help you solve problems in your life.
The Details Of The Dream Matter
Sometimes in dreams, we see people who have died in real life. This is called a post-mortem dream. It can be comforting to know that the person is still with us somehow, but it can also be upsetting if the person talks about being dead or dying.
A dream interpretation can depend heavily on different dream scenarios. You can dream that a friend died and you attended the funeral or found out about their death through other people. You can even dream about your friends having an accident, getting ill, or being murdered.
Different meanings are attributed to the actions you undertake with your dead friend in your dreams. Are you talking to them, hugging them, kissing them, or even going out with them?
Dream experts even state that your take on spirituality will change the perspective of your dreams. Some see dreams as a gateway to a supernatural connection with the afterlife, while others regard these kinds of dreams as memories and just fantasy.
Missing your friends
Most times, seeing a dead person in your dream just means that you miss them. You may dream about the person to keep their memory alive for yourself or others.
It is even possible to get a feeling from the dream that the person is trying to communicate with you if you have never had trauma from their passing.
Ultimately, your dream’s message will depend on who you’re dreaming about. Is it a message from someone that has passed? Are you using this as a sign to reach out to them? Or are you dreaming about them for an entirely different reason?
There’s only one way to know for sure, and that’s by asking. Maybe in your next dream, you’ll get an answer.