I had a strange dream last night. My mom, sister, and brother were in it. They are all deceased and have been for quite a while. And these dreams are not repeats of past events, but totally new scenarios where they each play a part. Sometimes I realize during the dream that they have passed, sometimes I don't. Funny thing is that it really doesn't matter. I awake happy for the 'visit'.
Dreams are a mystery to me. Sometimes they comfort (like these I just mentioned), sometimes they worry you, and sometimes they actually solve a dilemma. When I was younger I used to have what might be called 'lucid' dreams. I not only knew I was dreaming, but could kind of direct them and continue them the next night. Haven't been able to do that in a long time...
I have also had episodes of 'dream travel'.... where you feel like you leave your body and your mind or spirit travels to another place (another geological place). It's awesome. The feeling of freedom is amazing (similar to dreams of flying). This hasn't happened lately (maybe 3 times in my 67 years). And I don't really care if what is happening is real or all a dream, it's still awesome!
*borrowed sunset picture from 'Satisfying Retirement' site. Great site! You might want to check it out.