A lot of dreamers around the world get intrigued by visitation dreams.

Besides, many refuse to buy the concept of connecting and communicating with someone who has left the physical world for the spiritual. 

So, in this article, we will uncover what exactly a visitation dream is, its characteristics, how to differentiate it from a common dream, and much more.

Visitation Dream - Meaning & Characteristics
Visitation Dream – Meaning & Characteristics
Messages From The Deceased In Visitation Dreams
Messages From The Deceased In Visitation Dreams

What Is a Visitation Dream?

Visitation dreams are defined as those where you feel as if you have communicated and connected with a person who has passed away. They are usually vivid, logical, too real to be true and upon waking, you would be able to remember every single event that took place in the dream. 

A visitation dream experience is when you feel as if you have communicated with a deceased person. 

Typically, the visits are from friends and family you were close with but not limited to. You may also see an acquaintance, a person you once interacted with, or family pets. 

These types of dreams are strangely vivid. Upon waking, you will be able to remember each and every aspect of the dream.

It would seem too real that you’ll start wondering how you can communicate with a dead person. 

Visitation dreams are common and many of us will experience such dreams at some point in our lives. Unlike regular dreams, they will leave a lasting impression on the dreamer.

Furthermore, the dreamer is believed to undergo changes of some sort after experiencing a visitation dream. 

Carl Jung On Visitation Dreams

Carl Jung coined the term ‘Big Dreams’ to describe visitation dreams or visits from the dead in dreams.

While he refers to regular types of dreams as ‘little dreams’, ‘big dreams’ are those that have a more profound significance. 

According to him, when a person dreams of his or her deceased loved ones, it reflects his or her insights into spiritual levels. 

Visitation Dream Characteristics

There are various ways to tell if a dream falls under a visitation dream or not. Some of them are:

The deceased person appears healthy

In a visitation dream, the deceased person will look young and healthy.

Whether he or she was bedridden, sickly, or deformed just before his or her passing away, the person will appear healthier, younger, and of course, happier. 

By appearing in such a manner, he or she conveys to you the message that he or she is doing well. 

Most of the time, no words will be exchanged while conveying the message. Instead, it will be delivered telepathically or mentally. 

On the contrary, if he or she appears sickly, injured, angry, and unhappy, that dream is not a visitation dream. Instead, the plot is merely a reflection of your own feelings of grief or anger. 

Visitation dreams are clear and organized

The structure of visitation dreams is vivid, clear, and organized. 

Upon awakening, if you remember every minute detail of the plot and the sensations you experience – touch, sound, or smell, chances are, that is a visitation dream. 

You may even feel like you got a real visit from someone. Often, such dreams tend to change the dreamer in certain aspects. 

Visitation dreams have a logical sequence

Regular dreams tend to be distorted and unorganized. Contrarily, the sequence of visitation dreams is extremely logical. You know exactly how you got from one point to the other. 

They have a purpose

Not everyone who wishes to have a visitation dream from a deceased loved one ends up having one. That is because such dreams usually have a purpose. 

If your deceased loved one has no important message or advice to guide you on, he or she will probably not show up.

They warn you of danger

One of the reasons why these dreams occur is to warn the dreamer of something he or she has failed to notice – something that has the potential to put him or her in danger, if not corrected. 

Various Things Through Which The Deceased Are Communicating

Sometimes, a deceased person may appear to you as an object.

That sounds crazy but in the dream realm, nothing is impossible. The most common objects that represent a dead person in a visitation dream are –


If you dream of a coin and unexpectedly receive a coin the next day or in the following days, your dream was probably a visitation dream.

Perhaps your dead loved one wants you to feel assured that they are still watching out for you, even from afar. 


In some instances, your loved one may appear in your dream in the form of an animal. This often happens if that person has a close connection with some type of animal while alive. 

It doesn’t always have to be an animal the dead person was connected to. If the person’s height reminds you of a giraffe, then a giraffe might slip into your dream. 


If you come across a feather at an inappropriate place after you saw a dead person in your dream, that dream can be a visitation dream. 


In this case, your deceased loved one may be warning you about something – perhaps you need to get back to your senses and not trust people and situations blindly. 

He or she may even be reminding you of something – a piece of advice they gave while he or she was alive. 


If you get the smell of a particular flower – one you relate with a deceased loved one, out of the blue, after experiencing a dream that featured him or her, chances are, you had a visitation dream.

Difference Between A Visitation Dream And A Normal Dream

Often, people confuse a visitation dream for a normal dream and vice-versa. Here are a couple of ways to differentiate a visitation dream from a normal dream scenario. 

Visitation dreams often involve a divine light

In a visitation dream, your loved one who has passed away may be surrounded by a divine light.

Your loved one has left the mortal world and transitioned into the light and now they exist primarily in that energy.

Of course, they can visit you on a physical plane but that deceased person may use the divine light to maintain a spiritual existence. The light may be anything from a subtle focus to a sunburst. 

The focus is on the deceased person or the object that represents him or her

In a regular dream, the deceased person is just one of the many entities present in the scenario, whereas the entire focus of a visitation dream is on that person. 

That person may look at you, smile at you, sit next to you or convey a message to you directly. Sometimes, the message he or she has for you may reside in a smile or a touch. 

The message is usually a peaceful one

To begin with, visitation dreams happen because your deceased loved one wants to visit and communicate with you.

Whatever the objective is, a visitation dream would always be peaceful.

If it includes screaming, shouting, or anything similar, that is most probably not a visitation dream. 

Words are not necessary to communicate

Words are not necessary to connect with someone in such dreams. A simple hug, a touch, or even just a smile will be able to convey a thousand words. 

The other symbols and objects present are related to that person or communication in general

In the same dream scenario, you may see other symbols and objects that you associate with that deceased person. 

For example, if your deceased friend with whom you often exchanged letters when he or she was alive appears, his or her presence may be accompanied by letters. 

In such types of dreams, it is common to see a television, radio, letter, mobile phone, or any other objects related to exchanging a message.

Visitation dreams feel too real

Such dreams can feel strangely real. Upon waking, you feel as if you really did meet or talk to that person.

Visitation dreams comfort you

A normal dream will likely leave you confused and curious about its meaning. However, a visitation dream will instantly leave you feeling good and comforted. 

Since spirits communicate out of love, a deceased near one appeared in your dream to show you love and comfort you.

Thus, the energy passes on and upon waking, you feel a sense of comfort and contentment. 

Common Messages From The Deceased In Visitation Dreams

Depending on the deceased person present, the message carried by a visitation dream will also differ.

A visitation dream about a dead family member

It is a sign that the spirit of that person is trying to reach out to you. 

Seeing your dead grandmother

The objective of the visit may be to give you a piece of advice about something you are yet to notice. It may also be because you miss her. 

Dead father

It may appear because you miss him and the days you spent together with him.

Another possible reason is that you are or you feel unprotected and vulnerable in the waking world. Chances are, the dream happened to warn you about someone or something. 

Dead mother

Perhaps you are facing an issue in reality and wish your mother was there with you to guide you. Her appearance may also mean you miss her and want to see her one more time. 

Dead uncle

There’s a possibility that you are having troubles with a man in the waking world, probably an authoritative figure. At other times, it may mean you miss your uncle. 

Dead aunt

Besides you missing your aunt, another possible reason is that you would soon encounter a family problem that will have a huge negative impact on your life. 

Dead husband

According to the dream, you still miss him to death and find it difficult to let him go. On the other hand, the visit may also be trying to tell you that he misses you the same way you do him. 

However, these types of visits may also mean your guilty conscience is disrupting your mental peace because you have kept away a secret from him. 

Dead wife

Possible reasons are you still miss each other terribly. 

Dead brother

Many times, such dreams happen because you miss your brother.

Also, it can be the spirit of your brother reaching out to let you know that he still has your back even though he can no longer be with you on the physical plane. 

Dead sister

Chances are, you miss your sister and wish you can find a way to connect with her magically.

The dream may have occurred to let you know that your sister misses you too but she is at a happy place now. 

Further, she may be telling you to accept her death and move on as she will not be back again. At other times, it is also possible that she is warning you about something. 

How To Have A Visitation Dream?

A few ways to have a visitation dream are-

  • Meditation before going to bed

Meditation is one of the most effective and widely-accepted ways to calm down your mind, soul, body, and senses.

A calmer mind and body will be more receptive to dreams. Additionally, you can practice yoga, breathing, and relaxation techniques, not necessarily before bed, though. 

  • Affirmations may help you communicate better with the deceased

Affirmations are powerful. However, the visitation dream you manifest will not happen after an affirmation or two.

Most likely, it will take numerous days or even weeks. But if you are sincere and true to your affirmations, the possibility of your loved one visiting you in your dream is high. 

  • Maintain a dream journal

Dreams are a window to your unconscious.

But since most of us tend to forget our dreams even before the morning breaks, writing down dream details and events will help address issues that need attention. 

Tips On How To Cope With Visitation Dreams

If you suddenly see a deceased person in your dream, when you are still mourning for his or her loss, the dream will probably put you under great stress. 

Following the tips listed below may help you cope with your dream to some extent-

  • Take careful notes
  • Do not be afraid 
  • Explore the meaning of dreams on a deeper level
  • Consider it a gift 
  • Practice meditation and relaxation
  • Ask for protection
  • Seek professional help if you deem it necessary
  • Seek spiritual counseling


For some, it will take longer to let the notion of communicating with the dead sink in.

But let us remind you once again that a visitation dream is real and a visit from the dead is possible. 

Until the spirit of the deceased crosses over, he or she can appear anytime in your dream to convey a message or simply to let you know that he or she is watching over you.