Dreams can be very revealing.
In sleep, we process our lives. So of course, in our sleep, we deal with death or loss as well. But dreams about people gone from our lives can be strange when one wakes up. I have had several dreams, where in my sleep, a person has been impacting or affecting my life. Then I wake up, only to remember that this person can never physically enter my life again.
I can dream a person is hurting me and I am very frustrated or afraid. Waking up from this dream, there is always a painful thought, “He is gone” when I remember reality. That is slightly relieving but also very sad. The sorrow comes from me obviously still needing to process my hurt and pain. Even if the person that hurt me is dead, I am still alive and I was hurt. And there was never an apology.
But sometimes, the dream is happy. I am happy with this person in my dream, but upon waking, I remember I will never see this person again. That is much sadder, because all the good memories and all the memories I wanted to create in the future are over.
But what is most painful about dreams is how reality and the dream are so different. It feels like I was lying to myself in my sleep, whether I was still afraid, angry, or hopeful. My beliefs and reality didn’t match up.