What is it about?

The bereaved often wonder why they have not had a dream of the deceased when others have. This paper examines this question.

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Why is it important?

There is very limited information on this topic and this can hinder the bereaved in their grief journey. This paper examines the common question of "Who dreams of the deceased?" in order to bring a scientific explanation to the conversation. Dreams of the deceased seem to be more common than previously thought and dream recall frequency seems to be the most important factor in who remembers these types of dreams.


I hope this article makes people more aware of grief dreams and the importance of asking about them. To know more information on the topic please visit www.griefdreams.ca or listen to the Grief Dreams Podcast.

Dr. Joshua Black
Brock University

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This page is a summary of: Who dreams of the deceased? The roles of dream recall, grief intensity, attachment, and openness to experience., Dreaming, March 2019, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/drm0000100.
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