Seeing a dead person in a dream can be stressful or upsetting to say the least.
You may have dreamed of someone you know who has died, or a stranger that you knew to be dead in the dream.
In some cases, you might even dream of the dead coming alive again, stirring up emotions that you thought you’d dealt with.
There are many elements that factor into your dream of a dead person (see also Dream Symbols Starting With D), and these decide whether your dream is a good omen, or a negative one.
Let’s take a look.
Is The Dead A Negative Sign In A Dream?
Any dream that features death in some way can naturally be upsetting, and we tend to assume that dreaming of death is a very bad sign, simply because we don’t want anything to do with death.
Dreaming of dead people isn’t always a negative sign like you might first assume.
In many ways, death appearing in your dream symbolizes the end of something significant in your life. More often than not, it represents the end of a chapter in your life, so a new one may begin.
Exactly what the dead did or how they acted helps dictate the dream’s symbolism, so you need to pay attention to the details of your individual dream.
Pay attention especially to a dream which has a dead person speaking to you, as often this dream has something significant to say.
Let’s break down a few dream scenarios, and this will help guide you to your dream’s meaning.
Seeing Many Dead People In A Dream
If you see many dead people in your dream, particularly if you were surrounded by them, this dream is a negative sign for the future.
It indicates that you’ll soon be surrounded by problems, and these issues may also cause a breakdown in a close relationship in your life.
If you watched the dead being moved, perhaps being carried away by people to bury them, this is a good sign. It means that the worries and problems you’ll encounter will largely work themselves out.
Dreaming of dead people being carried away by waves suggests an end to emotional turmoil, and a new equilibrium in your life.
Following A Dead Person In A Dream
If you feel compelled to follow the deceased in your dream, this is a warning. Misfortune is lying in wait for you, but it’s not a promise that you’ll meet it.
Instead, this dream can be regarded as a positive thing, as it is drawing your attention to something negative ahead of you.
Now that you know to expect it, you can prepare for it.
A Dead Person Asks For Something
This is an intriguing one. Sometimes, the dead in your dream will ask you for something.
They might ask you to do something within the context of the dream, or something you could do for them in waking life.
What they ask for defines the meaning of the dream, and refers to a gap or a hole in your own life which needs filling.
If the dead asks for food in your dream, this can be referring to spiritual nourishment, and the need to ‘cater’ to your spiritual side. You feel something is missing for your life.
The dead asking for water in your dream represents the need for emotional support, or to be honest about how you’re feeling.
Perhaps there’s an unresolved emotion lying in your subconscious, waiting for you to acknowledge it.
A dead person asking for clothes refers to protection and comfort, which you should seek out from those you love.
If the dead ask for money in your dreams, this suggests that you feel you haven’t made any progress in waking life. You may feel as though life is taking more from you than it gives you.
You might feel vulnerable, with little support around you.
A Dead Person Giving You Flowers Or Money
If you dream that the dead give you money, this is a good sign. It indicates an uptick in your finances soon, where you’ll come into some unexpected money.
It also reveals coming success in a goal you’ve been working towards for a while, one which you thought you hadn’t made a lot of progress in.
If the deceased gives you money with their left hand, good fortune or money will come from a place of authority.
If they give you money with their right hand, you will win something.
Dreaming of the deceased giving you flowers, this suggests that you’ll soon meet a stranger who will mean a great deal to you in the future.
This dream also points to good luck, prosperity, or a warning, depending on how you felt in the dream, and if you accepted the gift, or not.
Dreaming Of A Dead Person In A Coffin
Dreaming of the dead lying in a coffin is an interesting one, and whether it is a positive sign depends on your own reaction.
If you reacted negatively, this suggests that you need to be wary, or take measures to protect yourself in waking life. Something you’re going after may not be achievable right now.
If you were relieved when you saw the dead person in the coffin, this reveals that you’ll soon get some very good news.
This may be in terms of your professional life, where something will happen that will make an ongoing task easier.
Other Coffin Dreams And What They Mean
If you dream of carrying a coffin, this points to an unexpected boost in your finances in the near future.
If you see yourself as a dead person in a coffin, this suggests that there are many complications in the path ahead of you. It may also point to suffering, or illness.
You may not be able to reach any goals you’ve been working toward right now.
Seeing a dead friend in a coffin in your dream may be a frightening experience, but it is a good sign for the future. It means that you’ll enjoy victory in both your professional and personal life.
Dreaming of burying a coffin implies that you’re trying to let the past go, but it’s not done with you yet.
Digging up a coffin in your dream implies that you’ll uncover a secret soon.
Dreaming A Dead Person Climbs Out Of A Coffin Or Grave
If you dream of the deceased climbing out of a coffin or their grave, this either reveals unexpected guests soon in your waking life, or complications in your personal life.
Seeing a dead person reach for you from their final resting place isn’t a promising sign for the future.
A mistake you made in the past will come back to haunt you. Someone you wronged will seek their revenge, even if you didn’t mean to hurt them.
Dreaming of the deceased crying in their grave or coffin points to future conflict in your relationships, which may take a long time to repair.
What Does It Mean To Dream Of A Dead Person Being Alive Again?
Dreaming of someone you know who has died, being alive again in your dream suggests significant change in waking life.
You’re about to start a brand-new chapter in your life, where old habits, routine, or what drives you falls away, and these will be replaced by much better versions.
If your reaction to the dead being resurrected is negative, remembering that they should be dead, this is a negative sign.
This dream mirrors waking life, where you feel compelled to hold onto the past, but you know it’s stopping you from moving forward in life.
Seeing the deceased resurrected can mirror a desire for something in waking life to be magically solved. You are sick of problems plaguing you.
It can also reveal you need to confront something in waking life, where you’ve been ignoring signs of something deteriorating, and you need to do this before things get worse.
If you kiss someone who is resurrected in your dream (see also Kissing In Dreams Meaning), this suggests that you have an unresolved issue lurking in your subconscious from the past.
The act of kissing them in your dream is your desire to reconcile it, where you would be much happier, if you decided to confront it, and move on.
What Does It Mean To Dream Of Someone Dead In A Dream?
Dreaming of someone being dead who is alive in waking life can suggest that you hold bad feelings towards them. It may also indicate a change in your relationship, for better or worse.
It can also signify the need to break away from a relationship that no longer adds positive things into your life.
Dreaming of the dead can be an uncomfortable experience, but it has both positive and negative meanings, depending on the context of the dream, and how you felt when you saw the dead.
Your own reaction is the biggest indicator of the symbolism behind the dream, so be sure to pay attention to it the most.