My girlfriend’s father died recently. He was a great and successful man, with unrivaled charm and wit. There has never been anyone like him on this Earth, and there never will be. No remembrance by me will do him justice, so if you’d like a proper idea of who he was head over to LifeReboot.com where his son-in-law shares with us the sort of commendation he would deserve.
A few days after his death, the lady had been telling me of her dreams in which he would visit her, speak with her, and give her comfort and realization of her newfound goals. Realizing that his soul was ever-present in her daily life, I would smile every time she would talk about it. See, I hold the belief that when you see a dead person in a dream, it is actually them coming to visit you.
Frequent commenter Matteus has this to say,
“Don’t freak out, but our diseased relatives and close friends can contact us in our dreams and when we are “out of body”. This has happened to me on more than one occasion. That is because when people die, the only part of them that dies is the outer shell (body), but they go on living, only on a different plane of existence known as the astral plane. If you learn to astral project or have an OOBE, you can once again make contact with your grandma and ask her what it was that she wanted to say.”
Just like when my best friend had a dream of our mutual friend visiting him, asking for help – that was him. Well, either that, or it was his way of coping with the loss of our friend, just as its my girlfriend’s way of coping with the loss of her father. But then, you must ask, why was our friend asking for help? Was he having trouble “passing,” or did my best friend just fear that he would?
A study done by Dierdre Barrett, Ph.D, clinical psychologist and professor at Harvard Medical School, explains how dreams of the deceased are actually metaphoric and show where exactly someone is in the grieving process (when it is a loved one who has died). The purpose of these dreams is to resolve any guilt or grief left over from the loss of someone close.
While I disagree with a few points in her post, Christina over at Divine Caroline gives a good summary of the various things it could mean when a dead person appears in your dream, whether they have already passed or are still living.
Also, be sure to check out Tony Crisp’s outstanding feature on dead people in dreams - there’s some valuable clues in there.
What are your thoughts, contributors? Have you ever had the experience of a dead friend or relative visiting you in your dreams, and do you believe it was actually them or some aspect of your own subconscious?