Dreams of a Deceased Father

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.


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.

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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.

*If your mother has departed to the other side or you would like to know the four types of deceased dreams (that can be applied to dreams about your deceased father), please read the blog post Dreams of a Deceased Mother.

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 and personal and spiritual growth. She is available for dream analysis and coaching. You can read and submit questions to her column In the Dreamtime 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, Personal Growth Affirmations, the FREE eBook Pamela's Love Collection, and the self-improvement oracle deck, Purrs for Humans.


      1. Everyone’s time table is different when dreaming about their deceased father. Also, sometimes we don’t remember our dreams of them.

  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.

      1. I dreamt of my dead dad. He came as a spirit watching me. I asked him in dream “what should I do? “. He answere.. you should be able to do whatever you want “. Then he went and sat ina sort of incinerator even though he was dead.

      2. Wonderful dream of how your Father is still with you and to do your heart’s desire.

  2. I’ve had 2 dreams about my father, one shortly after he passed and one last night. The one last night seemed very real, we were having a picnic (which was very common for our family) and all my family was there and here I see my dad walking over to us, with a plate full of food to join us and in the dream I said I haven’t seen you in almost 10 years (he has been gone 10 years this November) and he hugged me and I cried and I don’t remember him saying anything however I felt like he was proud of me. I have worked hard to turn my life around for the better these past 2 years and I am pregnant and I really hope his visitation in my dream means positive things. I can not shake the feeling today and have been on the verge of tears all day. ( Happy tears I think )

    1. What a beautiful dream, Michelle! Thank you for sharing it. Your dream is a great example of a real visitation, he is definitely proud of you, and letting you know he is always with you and future child even if it’s not in the physical.

  3. My father passed away 6 years ago when I was 20. Being the elder son, I never got a chance to mourn for the first few years. Over the past few months he is a part of nearly all my dreams. He is mostly quiet but happy and smiling. There is my entire family in most of my dreams and it feels like routine. In some dreams, he does interact but it is a normal argumentive discussion like a normal father and a son have. In the dream it never feels like I know he is no more.

      1. Is visitation a bad thing ? Should I be worried ? Is this to have something with ongoing decisions in my life ?

  4. My father passed almost a month ago. I dreamed about him last night for the first time. We were in our childhood home. Both he and my mother (who is still living) were sitting with me and my mother was reprimanding me about telling personal details to outsiders. I was wearing a night gown and pulling on a string that kept getting longer and longer but that I couldn’t break. My father didn’t say much. At one point, I spoke to him to answer an unspoken question and I told him that like him, I liked talking to people but that I only shared personal details with people who are very close to me. In reality, my mother has always been the social butterfly and my dad was more of a home body who didn’t like to talk much. I’m missing him so very much. He died of lung cancer a year and a half after being diagnosed. I used to take him to all his appointments. He used to apologize to me for “all the trouble”. I’ve been asking him to send me a message to let me know he’s okay.

  5. Hi Pamela,

    I dreamed of my father today and he was drinking with some of his friends and his brother-in-law at a house behind our local Bookstore. The Owner of the bookstore is one of my father’s client in my dream and he is happily drinking with them while we (My mother and sister) waited for my father to finish. Then their little get together went out of hand when my father commented something about his drinking buddies and they got angry & started to hit him , his brother-in-law hit him with a shovel and I came running to him to shield my father from the assault. I can’t stop crying in my dream because of what they have done with my father. He patted my head and told me he does not want to see me cry and that he just went to drink that day because he wants to say something to his buddies.

    Presently, I am okay and nothing much has happened to me lately. But I truly appreciated that he consoled me in my dream and visiting me once in while. I just wanted to know what is the meaning of my dream today. Thank you!

  6. I dreamed of my dad for the first time last night 3 and a half years after his death. We were very close. I was walking on a sand bar with high waves all around. I turned around and saw a man on a boat. At first I didn’t recognize him, but then realized it was my dad, looking young and handsome and happy. He had a radiance. He put his hand on his heart and then disappeared.

  7. My dad passed away about two years ago. It has been so difficult and tears come down my eyes almost everyday. I just miss him so much and when he was sick I honestly thought that he would never leave us. Last night I had a dream about him. My entire family was at a party and he was dancing and he looked so happy and full of energy just like he used to be. He always did love to be the life of the party and so of course he was. I was there but I was watching him from a distance and I was crying so much I couldn’t even breath. It’s like I knew I couldn’t touch him or hug him. I wanted so badly to do so but I couldn’t. My dad was so happy and his smile lit the room.

    1. Your dad visit you in your dream to let you know he is happy, watching over you, and wants you to be happy. Although, he is no longer in physical form – he is always with you.

  8. I dreamt about my Dad last night. I cannot remember much other than we enjoyed each other and him saying something that made me feel special. I wished I could remember all of the dream. I miss him so very much.

    1. Feelings are so important than dreams. You can always ask that he visit you again before you sleep. When it’s meant to happen he will.

  9. I dreamt of my late father walking away from our childhood home hand in hand with my mum who is still alive. They walked up the road whilst my siblings and I tried to catch up with them but somehow we couldnt. What could this dream mean

  10. Hello , my father passed away couple years ago , and I had a dream of him laughing , and I woke up happy and I felt warmth that he was just really close to me

  11. Hello, my father passed away suddenly on May 20th 2019. This evening I had a dream about my father dancing (he would usually dance in a form of a joke), in this dream he was trying to show me…that I am the only one that see him and that his face can be displayed on others. I woke up confused, but relieved that I saw my father.

    1. What a wonderful visitation of your father showing you that he is happy, thank you for sharing it.

  12. A few weeks ago my Dad came to me in my dream. I can’t remember much about it other than he came up behind me and gave me the most glorious hug ever. There were no physical arms around me and I never saw his face…but I knew it was him and it was the most intense and loving feeling that i have ever felt. I will never ever forget that dream.

  13. My dad just passed away in January i havent dreamed about him till now dose he want to tell me something or was it just a dream.

  14. I dreamt about my father last night he was taking me and my mother somwhere but we were goin to use a car. But before we got into the car i was informing him of his friends who stay near us but that friend of his also passed away. And my mother was walking slowly than and i and my father so we got to the car first than my mum.
    The dream has been disturbing me since i woke up

  15. Hello there. My dad was my everything and I was with him until his last breath. I was 20 years old and now I am 27. In my dream, my dad and I were in a hospital room and there were two nurses. My dad was in the hospital bed and had a blood pressure cuff on his right arm. He did not look healthy. The nurse looked at me and said “Its good to see you again how old are you now?” I said “I just turned 27.” She said “Good for you, you look like your doing good for yourself” I said “Thank you” I looked at my dad and he started to foam from the mouth and I said “Omg please do something quick please help” and the nurse looked at me and said “Hes fine dear hes just a little unconscious from his blood pressure.” and I said okay, and that was it. My dad did not have high BP or foaming from his mouth ever. Just odd.

  16. My brother dreamt my someone knocked on the door and he told the person to enter and it was my dad…my brother was with my sister and he was happy to see my dad and played with him….he was aware in the dream that he is dead so my brother told my dad that he has promised anytime he see him in the dream he will not allow him to go but my dad said its not possible because he is dead and he took permission to visit him….then he stood up saying he is going, my brother went outside with him to see him off, then my dad said he need money…..then my brother went inside to tell my mum that my dad need money and she said she will give my dad the money…anyway, my brother came back outside to tell my dad what my mum said and he woke up…..my dad died less than three months ago and we have had couple of dreams that he is not in pain or suffering in the afterlife but this dream my brother had scare me because my dad said he need money…..i have read its not a sign that the dead person is at peace or something…am really confused and sad now because I really cant figure this out…..

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