Many people believe in an afterlife and that the deceased become ghosts. Recently, scientists have been investigating what are called “visitation dreams.”
Could the reason that we continue to tell stories about visitation dreams be because they’re real? One factor supporting that theory is that these dreams share similar features the world over. Regardless of culture or race, people talk about seeing loved ones who have recently passed. In these dreams, the deceased usually don’t appear as they did at the end of their lives. Instead, they’re younger and healthier.
Visitation dreams are extremely vivid. Deceased peopled commonly speak directly to the dreamer, and the dreamer remembers what is said. Further, that person usually wakes up with the distinct feeling they’ve been given an important message.
“Many bereaved people report that these sorts of dreams allowed for the successful resolution of the grieving process,” says Patrick McNamara, Ph.D, in the 2011 Psychology Today article. “Despite the importance of visitation dreams for theories of religion and for the well-being of bereaved individuals very little research has been done on them.” Is this our brain’s way of coping with tragic loss or is something else going on that even modern science can’t explain?
Personally, I believe that there is an afterlife and that we have the ability to communicate with the deceased through different signals such as visitation dreams.