Before your imagination runs away with you, let me explain. Fifteen years ago a very dear friend of the family died of cancer. She died only four weeks after being diagnosed with it. Although she wasn't a relation she was one of my mother's best friends and my sisters and I called her Auntie Jean.
In my dream she suddenly reappeared in our lives and told us she had been living in Lincolnshire for the last 15 years and hadn't died of cancer after all. It was a bit like Bobby Ewing reappeaing in Dallas! I won't go into the details of the rest of the dream, but they were so real that when I woke up I really believed it all to be true for a second.
Often when you have a dream there is a reason for it. In this case, there was no reason. Why should Jean suddenly reappear in my thoughts after such a long time? Why can I remember this dream when I can't remember any others? It's a fascinating subject which I suspect there has been a lot of academic research on, but I know nothing about. ANy dream experts out there care to enlighten me?!