Dreaming of a deceased loved one is quite common; however, it can cause confusion on whether it was an actual visitation or just a dream. There was a time when I thought it was usually one or the other, until I experienced an intense dream that was a combination of both. You can read about my encounter in the blog Messages of Love from the Departed.  

A client granted me permission to use her recent dream for publication, although to keep the photo of her father private. Just a little background before going into the dream and interpretation; her dad has been deceased for a few decades, while her mother passed a few years ago.


My dad appeared to me in our kitchen where I grew up, my son was there, too. At first I thought my dad was my son because he was so young. He was in his white T-shirt, bathing suit, and black socks. For a minute it seemed that he was not alive when I hugged him, but then he was.

We went by this watery world where I was before and he was driving on a narrow road surrounded by water. I thought we were going to go in, didn’t, but we were okay. Next, my Dad and I were in a store, then he left to do something.

I kept trying to call him on my phone, somehow this guy next to me was controlling it. Then I told that guy to stop it and he did.

I was still trying to call my dad, when I saw him walking with his friend. My mom was in the background. He said he lost weight because he didn’t have money for lunch.

When he was gone, I was in a salon and the girls kept making comments about their customers. I told them that I knew what they were doing.

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Your dream seems to be a combination of a visitation from your father and symbolism. When your dad appeared in the kitchen, he was stopping by to say hello. His appearance was similar to your photo of him in order for you to recognize him. The meeting place was the hearth of your childhood home; however, since your son was also there is your father’s way of letting you know that he is watching over both of you. And he is always alive inside of you, hence the meaning of the hug in your dream.

The water world and narrow road could be part of the visitation, yet also symbolic. Water’s main interpretations are emotions and cleaning, you can learn more about this in the blog Water Symbol Has Many Different Dream Meanings. In this part of your dream I am interpreting it as you and your dad have made peace with his passing, the road in-between each other is narrow, and he’s with you during your ordinary moments, even when you’re at the store.

In the next scenes you are being shown that you can contact your father no matter how it seems out of your control. Your father is with his friends and your mom is there, too. The weight loss stands for him letting go of his Earthly form and needs. What the important message is that – your father and mother are always with you, as well as other loved ones.

There could be quite a few meanings for the salon scene; therefore, let’s keep it in the same context as the other scenes. This is showing you that some people may fear visitations from their departed loved ones, so instead they poke fun at the subject. You are letting them know you understand what they’re doing, while standing in your truth.

What I find beautiful about my client’s dream is the knowledge that no matter how long our mother and father journeyed to the other side – they are with us through our lifetime.

Have you ever had a dream about your deceased father, mother, or other loved one? Feel free to leave a comment. Would you like your dream interpreted? Consider purchasing a dream interpretation service.

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About the Author Pamela Cummins

Pamela Cummins specializes in dream interpretation, love and relationships, and personal growth. She is available for dream analysis, psychic readings, and coaching/mentoring. You can read and submit questions to her two monthly columns In the Dreamtime and The Love Channel in Bellesprit Magazine. Pamela is the author of Learn the Secret Language of Dreams, Psychic Wisdom on Love and Relationships, Insights for Singles: Steps to Find Everlasting Love, the FREE eBook Pamela's Love Collection, and Personal Growth Affirmations.


  1. Hi.. I’m not sure if I’ll hear back but, I have had many dreams about my dad.. One I know was him visiting me shortly after he passed away.. he was my best friend and we did everything together and his loss was sudden and unexpected a year and a half ago..

    1. I’m sorry to hear about your Father, yet what a gift that he visited you in a dream. Please note that I edited out your dream since it was not only very personal, but very long for the comment section. Consider purchasing a dream interpretation email or phone session.

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