What Does It Mean When A Person Who Has Passed Away Appears In Your Dream.

Losing a loved one is a common experience, but the impact of losing a specific loved one can be more significant than we expect.

Have you ever imagined someone who has passed away? You might not have considered why they appear in your dreams. People mourn in various ways when they lose someone dear to them. Some cry intensely, while others become quiet and retreat into themselves.

Some individuals behave as though nothing occurred or attempt to evade contemplating it. However, numerous individuals have the habit of recalling deceased loved ones in their dreams. Our subconscious determines the content of our dreams, and if you have ever dreamt about a deceased individual, it might signify something.

Can deceased individuals communicate with us through our dreams? Visitation dreams occur when people have visions of the departed, as explained by Patrick McNamara, an associate professor of neurology and psychiatry at Boston University School.

According to McNamara, the dreams of those who have lost loved ones involve seeing the deceased as if they were still alive.

The neuroscientist, who is 67 years old, frequently blogs on Psychology Today using the pseudonym Dream Catcher. McNamara has written extensively about dreams and their meaning. He asserts that visitation dreams usually have a logical explanation.

They help in the recovery from emotional distress

He describes a dream he had after his parents passed away. McNamara claimed that this kind of dream, called a “visitation dream,” was proof of life after death, as he experienced one himself.

“Now if I, an individual who studied dreams with a skeptical scientific cast of mind, could not shake the conviction that I had just communicated with my dead parents, how much stronger must be the conviction of someone with a less skeptical approach to dreams than me?,” McNamara writes.

Patrick McNamara is not the only one interested in dreams like these. Several studies have been done to understand them better. One study on mourning dreams was released in 2014 in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care.

“Dreams of the deceased occur frequently, can be highly meaningful and further healing from a loss.”  the study concluded.

Themes in the dreams included “past memories or experiences, the deceased free of illness, memories of the deceased’s illness or time of death, the deceased in the afterlife appearing healthy, comfortable and at peace as well as the deceased communicating a message.”

In 2016, a group of Canadian researchers examined the dreams of 76 middle-aged people who had just experienced a significant loss.

67.1% of individuals who recently experienced the loss of a loved one reported that dreaming about the departed increased their belief in an afterlife. Seventy percent mentioned feeling as if they were visited by the deceased in their dreams, while 71 percent stated that dreaming about the dead enhanced their emotional connection to the departed. Jennifer E. Shorter, a psychologist at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California, has conducted research on the connections between our waking lives and our dreams.

The author of “Visitation Dreams in Grieving Individuals: A Phenomenological Investigation into the Connection Between Dreams and the Grieving” mentions that it is impossible to determine the frequency of visitation dreams.

However, this can happen either soon after someone passes away or many years later. Based on her research, there are four unique characteristics of a dream visitation.

  • 1. In a visitation dream, the deceased seem as they did in real life, yet they are either healthier or younger than they were in real life.
  • 2. The deceased often says something about how they are now, for example, that they are fine.
  • 3. The dream’s meaning is felt less as a tangible presence and more as a telepathic one.
  • 4. The dream state is usually peaceful and well-structured, bordering on harmony.

Have you ever dreamt about a deceased loved one? What do you think it means?

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