Dream meaning of relative

Thanks to their nature and origin, the dreams we experience every day are strongly removed from the mundane reality of our waking life, so it is normal for elements that do not exist in real life to appear, possible only in the imagination; but from time to time, those things that occupy our mind when we are awake seep into our dream plane, so it is very common to dream about relatives.

Regardless of whether we love them or hate them, our family occupies a very important and prominent place in our subconscious. And when our dreams appear, they are not only a guide to clarify what we have in our mind; but dreams with relatives help us to better understand our relationships with them and with ourselves.

In general, seeing relatives in dreams, depending on the details, is not exactly a positive sign; but it depends on the situation in which the dream develops, as they can be related to stress, happiness, sorrows, dependence, freedom, among others.

This relationship that you share with the relative who stars in your dreams can be the trigger of future situations that are exposed to you through your dream connection, so you should study thoroughly the whole context of the dream, so that in this way you can be prepared for any event that is about to happen.

What does it mean to dream of relatives?

Keep in mind one thing: dreams with relatives lend themselves to multiple interpretations. You may have recently experienced some kind of quarrel or run into a relative you haven’t seen in a while, so it’s completely normal for them to show up again in your dreams, dealing in your dream state with some current aspect of your family life and your relationship with that family member.

For this reason, you should analyze what is true and real in the dream and what is not, since it is from this that you can get the important lesson that your subconscious is trying to convey, and that you should consider to improve your interpersonal relationships both with your family, as well as for the rest of your social life.

But why is so much emphasis placed on studying the details of the dream? Because that family member appearing in your dream may be representing aspects of yourself. It does not necessarily have to be about the family member itself, but about attitudes and factors that you reflect through this family member as it graphically represents what you are actually feeling.

Dreams with living relatives

If a living relative slipped away in your dreams you should take into consideration personal details about yourself.

Normally, dreaming about living relatives is connected to the feeling of security, since when we find ourselves in trouble the family is the one we can always count on; but the message of the dream varies according to intimate aspects of each person, where the way you lived your childhood plays a fundamental role.

If you evidenced any negative experience when you were a child, the dream reveals that you are currently experiencing a sense of loss or demotivation. It all depends on the flavor the dream left in you.

Dreaming of dead relatives

Dreams in which a deceased relative appears can be extremely disturbing. Believe it or not, it is common for a relative who has recently died to appear in our dreams, but this does not mean that it is any less terrifying. It is normal to experience fear if a relative who is no longer in the earthly world visits you in your dream stage, but you should know that you can get great messages through them. First of all, it is necessary to emphasize that experts in the study of onirology have determined that there are psychological and spiritual reasons for seeing dead family members in dreams, although the greatest weight is spiritual.

The psychological reason for seeing a deceased family member in dreams may include a feeling of guilt or regret for not having spent enough time with that loved one before he or she died or for not having settled some dispute that existed between you. In this case, the image of the dead relative appearing in the dream is an escape valve for our subconscious.

The spiritual reason why we see deceased relatives in our dreams are mainly of two types. The first is that the soul of the deceased relative in the dream has left unfinished goals on its earthly plane, so it needs a guide to help it finally rest in peace. On the other hand, it is possible that you are going through a difficult situation that keeps you in constant stress, so that the deceased relative in your dreams seeks to convey peace and show you that he is your spiritual protector, guarding you at all times from negative energies and evil spirits that seek to harm you.

Dreams with dead relatives are unique, as they are an opportunity to see once again that person who is no longer with us, but who remains alive in our hearts and in our memory.

Dreams that relatives die

Dreaming about the death of a family member does not necessarily mean that they are going to die in the near future. Although these dreams may be precognitive, in most cases they are not.

The family member who dies in your dreams is an allegory for yourself, so dreaming that a family member dies is an indication that you are undergoing some changes in your personality, in which the old you has died to make way for an improved version of yourself.

Depending on the family member who dies in your dreams, you can determine which part of you is undergoing a change, through personality and the details that most catch your attention about that family member.

Dreams with relatives I have not seen for a long time

If you dreamed of a relative that you haven’t seen for a long time, it can mean two things: First, maybe you find yourself missing that person, because most of the time when we miss someone, we don’t realize it; so your subconscious mind transmits this lack through your dreams.

Second, there are chances that that family member is going through a difficult time, and you are a key element in helping her through that situation. Do not consider how long you have been separated, even if it is a false alarm, your relative will be happy to hear from you, and will know that you are there for her at all times.

Dreaming of family fights

Dreams in which you experience family fights are more of a premonition. If there were fights between members of your family in your dreams, there is a high probability that you will experience a similar quarrel in your waking life; not necessarily between your family, but if a fight will happen, it will happen.

For this reason, it is recommended that you avoid any type of confrontation and if you notice that things become a little difficult, try to remain calm.

Dreaming of family arguments

Unlike dreams with family fights, if in your dreams you visualized a family argument, it is not a bad sign. It is likely that there are needs and desires between you that must be satisfied, in which both of you are not appreciating each other, and therefore there are unfinished feelings in between.

You should know that the bond that unites you goes beyond blood, it is not only a blood connection, but a sentimental one, so it is important to maintain harmony with all family members.

Dreams with family problems

Dreams in which you see family problems coming, are not related to the family itself. It is a clear sign that lately you have been immersed in work issues or that generate high levels of stress, so you have adopted a negative and sensitive behavior in which you react violently to any touch. Look for a way to release those bad energies, so you can avoid uncomfortable situations in the future.

Dreaming of distant relatives

It is common that we do not keep in constant contact with our distant relatives, so it may seem strange to dream about them. If you dreamed of a distant relative, it means that an event is about to come that will reunite the family, even the one that is not so close to us.

This type of dream is very ambiguous, because the event may be a wedding, or the death of a relative.

Dreaming about family photos

Photos are elements that help us immortalize moments. If in your dream you saw photos of your family, it shows a strong desire to spend exclusive time with your relatives.

Work or daily responsibilities probably take up all your time, but getting absorbed by our surroundings robs us of precious moments with our family members. It’s time for you to take a little break, and visit those people who are so important in your life.

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The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke
The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke

Often relatives symbolize facets of your personality or personal characteristics of which you may or may not be proud. The interpretation of this dream will vary if it is close family members or distant relatives, and based on what they symbolize to you. It may deal with a family reunion due to some event (like a wedding or a funeral), in which you feel strongly sheltered and protected, or, on the contrary, surrounded by distant family member in whom you can identify many defects you detest. 

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett
The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett

Freedom from worry is forecast in a dream concerning cousins; aunts and uncles signify success in money matters; and other relatives (apart from immediate family) are an omen of help when needed. Of course the dream action must be correlated to get an accurate interpretation.

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