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Do You Dream of the Dead?

Here’s a nice article about the significant dreams people have that feature cameo appearances of deceased parents, children, spouses, or friends.
Have you ever experienced such a dream at night, where a dead person appears to help, comfort, or offer assistance? Here’s an excerpt from the piece by Rebecca Cathcart:
“Our dreams have to do with how we internalize the people we love,” said Pamela McCarthy, director of counseling services at Smith College. “You learn to look within for the loved one and the particular function that person played in your life, such as caretaking or guidance in the case of a parent. This becomes part of a function that you can provide for yourself.”
Cultural narratives in regions like Vietnam and North and South America assign special importance to such dreams and consider them actual encounters with the spirits of lost loved ones.
“This notion is so widely shared by traditions all across the globe that some scholars have gone so far as to argue that religion itself actually originated in dream experience,” Kelly Bulkeley, past president of the Association for the Study of Dreams, wrote in his book “Transforming Dreams: Learning Spiritual Lessons From the Dreams You Never Forget.”
You might enjoy reading this article by Lisa Schneider about vivid dreams of the dearly departed. Fascinating stuff.

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posted July 6, 2007 at 11:23 am

I’ve dreamed about dead loved ones, including my dog. He died this spring on Easter Sunday morning at the very ripe old age of 14 1/2. He was a large breed, and very protective of me.
When I dreamed about him a few days ago, it was the night before a confrontation I was dreading. In the dream, the dog came into the computer room (which he often did when he was alive) and put his head against me for a cuddle. I patted him and coo’d to him, we both enjoyed it. Even while I was still dreaming, I realized that he was reminding me that his protective energy was still with me even though his physical presence is gone from my life.
The next day, everything went very well. I got happily and safely through the event. I found out afterwards, that there had been even worse dangers present than I had anticipated but everything worked out in my favour.

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Charla Garabrandt

posted July 7, 2007 at 1:56 am

I had a dream just last week of my beloved ex mother-in-law. She was my best friend until she passed away and I’ve always miss her so much, but never dreamed of her until now. After 28 years, I am now seeing my ex husband again and in my dreams, Mom came to me to tell me she had been watching us. Not to try to take it too fast. Slow down and don’t blow it she said. I told my ex about the dream and he was amazed, as his Dad had a similar dream the same night. I really love her son, and will forever treasure this dream of his mother and her always good advice.

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posted July 8, 2007 at 8:09 am

My best friend, my mother-in-law, died October 7, 2006. She came to me on the night of October 20th. The way that she entered my mind…I knew it was more than just a dream.
I have a cat that wakes me in the morning by pressing lightly on my eyelids. She was the only one that I shared this with. That particular night..soft touches on my eyelids with pinpoints of colored lights. Reds, blues, greens, yellows…words can’t explain.
She says, “Don’t open your eyes. Don’t open your eyes”. I said “ok”. She says “I’ve come to tell you that everything in OK and I love you”. I wanted so much to open my eyes and again she says..”Don’t open your eyes”. I told her that I loved her and the colors came back and faded away. It was the most calming ?? that has ever happened to me. I believe this was not a dream and it is still so vivid it my mind when I think about it.
I think about her all the time and I know I will see her again. God Bless all who read this. :)

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Julie S

posted July 9, 2007 at 3:17 pm

For the first 6 months after the death of my Dad, I dreamed of him alot. We would be sitting in a room visiting, the room was empty except for 2 chairs. We just chatted and I always told him how much I missed him. I couldnt remember all the details of our conversations when I woke up but I knew he didnt share anything profound, no mysteries of the universe. These dreams were so comforting to me, I really believed at the time they were real. They became less frequent since and I wish I would dream of him again. I’m open to the idea of the dreams being real but not sure. Seems if they were real we would have had something more significant to say to each other.

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