I have a friend who is very depressed. It may be bi-polar but I'm not sure. She is in her early fifties and is having dreams of her late brother. She is very confused because she believes he is trying to tell her something but she can't understand what it could be. Is this something you may be able to help her with?
Thank you for your message.
In the type of case you mention, and with the information I understand at present, it is common for bereaved persons in the "mental phase" of bereavement to experience depression and other mental symptoms. It's also common at a certain stage of the grief process to "dream of or be aware of the presence of the deceased".
Some people believe that to "dream of or be aware of the presence of the deceased" is always a real experience of the deceased returning to Earth, usually temporarily (for one of many reasons). Some believe it's always imagination of the person who can't accept the death and wishes the deceased was still here (for one of many reasons). And some believe both options are possible.
An assessment would need to be conducted.
A good bereavement therapist may be able to discern which potential is most likely, the potential for the deceased's return, or the potential for such 'experiences' to be imagination.
The therapist may then choose from a range of different approaches to help the person, and also support depression, bi-polar disorder, and other symptoms that could be due to the loss of the loved one.
Allan J Sweeney