Dreams of family that have passed

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Kristin R
@kristin-r
4 years ago
11 posts

I posted something similar on an HSP group, and thought it would be interesting to see if other empaths experience dreaming about family members that have passed away.

I have had many dreams in the past of my father, who died when I was 13, from ALS. In my dreams, over the years, his health slowly returned to him, and he became more and more interested in reconnecting in a relationship with me. Some back story, he was a disconnected father, who was abusive towards my mother. These dreams always upset me, and I was always uncomfortable having these dreams, and having to be near him in the dream, and most of the time (in my teen years and early 20's) I was trying to get away from him in those dreams. As I've gotten older and have had a better sense of how to have boundaries and that I don't have to be a victim of my past, I was more able to tolerate those dreams. Then I started having this sense of his presence when I was awake - not all the time, just sometimes - like he was visiting me. It started to effect my life when I started having dreams and intrusive thoughts during the day that he wanted me to think better of him. When I prompted the thought during those times I felt him present that he needed to make a serious apology for his behavior during his life, and ask for forgiveness, his presence during the day turned sour, and his behavior in my dreams became abusive. At this point, I called my mom because it was starting to effect my life and bring me to tears. She said that I needed to tell him to go away and stop visiting me, and that he could no longer come into my dreams. She said that it would be nice to have an apology from him, but didn't believe that he would evolve enough to do so.

I've since worked on setting boundaries, stating that he is not allowed to come visit anymore, and that he is not welcome. I haven't had a dream about him since.

Does anyone dream about their pets that have passed? I had a close connection with one of my dogs growing up, and once in awhile I dream about her. They are usually some of the best dreams.


updated by @kristin-r: 06/15/17 07:36:14AM
Bill Walker
@bill-walker
4 years ago
729 posts

When I have relatives, who have already passed, visit me in a dream it almost always means the passing of a diferent member of the family. However, they never let on exactly which member that might be. And I don't really dream about my past pets but often feel that they always very close by. I think pets prbably make great guides since their love is absolute and without judgement.

Dice
@dice
4 years ago
284 posts

I have dreams while sleeping where I see and interact with loved ones passed. They are not often, but when they happen I remember in detail. Usually there is a message with it though, or it calls my attention to another person that I need to contact... I think the interpretation is the hardest thing for me.. many times I should just trust my first inclination and not over-think it.

Kristin R
@kristin-r
4 years ago
11 posts

Sometimes I have the sweetest dreams of my pets that have passed. Thank you for sharing your experiences. It has helped me so much to share my experiences and to know that others experience something similar.

Kristin R
@kristin-r
4 years ago
11 posts

Nancy, that sounds intense. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

Kristin R
@kristin-r
4 years ago
11 posts

Candice, thank you for sharing. It is truly peace-making to know that other people have similar experiences. I recently told my spouse after years of having these dream experiences because it was eating me up inside to not have someone to talk about it, and was so grateful to get love and support in return. I feel like I got that here as well.

I don't think I've experienced a message from a family member before. I imagine that would be an incredible experience. I have grandparents that very occasionally visit just to spend time with me. As for my father, he has not visited my dreams since, but I've had him attempt to visit me when I was awake. Told him to leave again, and he hasn't come back, but I see a pattern developing. He will probably try again in the future; abusive in life, and abusive in .....(what is death, another stage in our existence, a regeneration of life in a different form, I don't know. My experiences have made me question my Sunday-school views of Heaven and Hell. Maybe the whole point is that we don't fully know. I guess that is a discussion on a different board. :) )

Bill Walker
@bill-walker
4 years ago
729 posts

Nancy, no it dosen't always mean that someone in my family is about to pass when I dream of a family member now passed on. It depends on the dream and what I feel the message was when I wake up and think about the dream and its meaning. In your case, I believe that your mom was just stopping by and saying "hi". You've probably been thinking of her a lot lately and she was just letting you know that she's fine!

Bill Walker
@bill-walker
4 years ago
729 posts

Kristin your father may be trying to apologize as he has now had a chance to see life from the spiritual point of view? But it's always your choice how to interpret what is happening!

Kristin R
@kristin-r
4 years ago
11 posts

Thanks Bill, for your thoughts on my bio dad. I would really like to think that he was trying to apologize, but he made it clear to me that he had nothing to apologize for and wasn't going to do it. Maybe one day, but as the case goes with any abuser (alive or not), I'm not counting on it, and it's better that he does not visit me anymore.

Bill Walker
@bill-walker
4 years ago
729 posts

Agreed!!!!!!1

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