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