Dreaming of a Deceased Loved One (Part 1)

Sometime last week I woke up to a warm and pleasant feeling – I had dreamt about my beloved mother. Before last week, it had literally been years since I had had a dream about my mother. It got me thinking – what does it mean when you dream about a deceased loved one?

Growing up, a few family members often told me that dreaming about my parents was a sign of evil (for those of you who don’t know, as a child I was accused of being responsible for my parents’ death using witchcraft). Evidently, this was traumatising for me and I quickly understood that rather than sharing my dreams with the adults in my life, I had to keep them to myself. In the very early months of my parents dying, the dreams I had of them were vivid. They were happy dreams – dreams of spending quality time with my parents and siblings. As I grew older, my dreams became scarce. It seemed like each dream was less vivid than the last until eventually, they stopped in my early twenties (I can’t believe how fast time flies!).

Last week’s dream was a delightful surprise. I don’t remember it very well. However, I remember exactly how I felt right after waking up: there was a feeling of warmth and reassurance in my heart. I literally smiled in bed as I got up. I vaguely remember my mother guiding me through something; holding my hand with a gentle smile on her face. She was glowing and looked peaceful…

Dreaming of a deceased loved one can mean many different things – it all depends on your personal beliefs and how you feel. Some people think that dreams mean nothing whereas others see a deeper spiritual connection to dreams. I am more of the latter. There are some dreams which don’t resonate with me at all, whereas others leave me with distinct emotions and perceptions. To me, this dream of my mother meant that I had nothing to worry about. I am currently going through a lot. I have my hands full and I just feel overwhelmed with too much to juggle. Dreaming of my mother made me feel safe. I now feel like I can conquer the world!

Even though she is deceased, somehow she still manages to strengthen and guide me.

Personally, whenever I dream of a deceased loved one (particularly my parents or my sister), the dream comes with a message – a message of comfort, a warning or simply an “I love you”. However, there are times I dream of something from the past, and those dreams are often an interpretation of something going on in my current life. This was the case a few days ago when I dreamt of the very last place I ever saw my parents alive – my primary school. That dream came with a very emotional meaning which I will share in part 2…

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