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I met my late friend in a dream

Does it mean something? 

It’s all about your own personal interpretation of your dream, says our elder.

Do some research – but don’t overthink it.

Dear EWC

Recently, I had a dream about a friend of mine, who died by suicide in 2006 at the age of 26. In the dream, I ran into him in the area where we went to college, and reunited him with his family. I think about this friend often, as he was instrumental in helping me get through college. I was quite shaken by this dream because I have never dreamt of him before and I only know two of his siblings. I still visit the area where I went to school, because I have several friends and family in the area. I usually make it a point to visit his grave while I am there, however I have not had the opportunity to do so recently. In speaking with another close friend, he said, “Maybe that means something.” What do you think it could mean?

JensPen replies

I am so glad that you have written about your recent dream and its possible meaning. First of all, let me say how sorry I am that you lost your friend to suicide. I lost my husband to suicide many years ago and I know firsthand how emotional and jarring the experience is. 

What a wonderful tribute it is to your friend that you think about him often and the positive impact he had on your life. Visiting his grave on occasion is another way that you maintain an emotional contact with him.

As for the dream I am neither a psychologist or an expert on dreams but having been through counseling I ask you the question that I was asked, “What do you think your dream means?”   Dreams are a way of our subconscious allowing us access to thoughts and feelings we may not be aware of. There is a lot of information on the interpretation of dreams online. You may find reading some articles on dreams helpful in sorting out your personal interpretation of what you dream. I can tell you that oftentimes your dreams are not literal but are representations of other thoughts and emotions you may be having.

You are clearly a thoughtful and insightful young man. Your friend was lucky to have known you. Don’t overthink this but do some research and reading. It is actually a fascinating subject. 

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