Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Brown Lady of Raynham Hall

Brown lady of Raynham Hall

I had an interesting conversation with a woman on the bus this morning. I’ll call her Carol. Now Carol is a very religious Christian (not sure if she’s the ‘born again’ type or not) who not only attends church every week, she also attends something called ‘Life Group’ which I gather is some kind of Bible study session,  and talks as if it has never occurred to her that there are people in the world who don’t believe what she believes. Maybe it hasn’t.

That’s all fine, people are free to believe whatever they like. Frankly I’m a little surprised she still talks to me since I ‘fessed up about reading Tarot cards. She did seem a little taken aback by that, but nonetheless we get along very well and she’s a very nice person.

So this morning, I was more than a little surprised to hear her laugh at the idea of spirits or ghosts. Recently her own mother took in an elderly lady (let’s call her Milly). Milly is a cousin of Carol’s mother’s husband (with me so far?), somewhere around 97-years-old,  is quite frail, nearly blind, and could no longer live on her own. Milly started insisting she could see people in party dresses of all different colors who were there to visit her, and could also see members of her family (her mother, father, and a sister who I assume are all deceased).

Carol thought this was hilarious, but she played along, asking what color dresses the people were wearing, and who she was pointing at and so on. She asked if the people in the colorful dresses were going to a wedding, and Milly replied that no, they were there to see her.

I said how surprised I was that she, as a religious person, would scoff at the idea of spirits, or visitations. I mean, if you’re going to believe in Heaven, and people rising from the dead, how much of a stretch is it to believe some people can see spirits?

When my own mother was in the hospital for the final time before she died, she kept asking who the woman was who was sitting on the chair in her room. She said it was an Asian woman, who never spoke, but she saw her on several occasions. Mom was pretty sharp, right up to the end. She had many other incidents over the years that she attributed to her guardian angel (she once swore she found herself going the wrong way on the road, and the car was lifted up, turned around and set back down so she was facing the right way. I wasn’t there, I couldn’t say what did or did not happen). She also had a near-death experience many years ago when she had a heart attack. It wasn’t pretty.  She found herself floating down a long dark tunnel, until a voice said, “It’s not time, bring her back up.” At that point she said she felt a hand on each elbow (I think she said she saw a figure on each side of her) and she was lifted back up and woke up in the hospital.  I wish I had written down more of these incidents that she told me about. Mom was a Norwegian Lutheran who hadn’t actually attended church since she first got married, but she was strong believer in the Christian God and Jesus just the same.

I have heard this “phenomenon” of seeing people, or an individual, when death is close, is relatively common. Children have been reported to see the same woman, many of whom have called her by the same name (Bridget?). So I was very surprised that a person of such deep religious conviction would be so skeptical about something like this.

So, what do you think? Does seeing ghosts or spirits dovetail with belief in an afterlife, or is that too ‘New Age-y” for a traditional Christian?


18 thoughts on “Do You Believe in Ghosts?

  1. lesreveriesderowena says:

    I’m a Christian and therefore I believe in the supernatural world. I once knew a Korean woman who was a “mudang” (Korean word for spirit medium) and she told me several stories about how she realized she could see ghosts (she knew this from a young age). She told me the reason why she left Korea is because there were just too many ghosts there and some of them were malicious and tried to steal her power. She was a very intelligent woman and I had no reason to doubt her story. She told me that she rarely sees ghosts in Vancouver and I’ve been curious as to why that would be the case. Perhaps places that have experienced more sadness have more ghosts?


    • D. D. Syrdal says:

      Oh that’s very interesting. I have no explanation for why she’d see ghosts in Korea so readily, but not in Vancouver. Maybe since she was born in Korea she was more ‘attuned’ to it, somehow? Just guessing. A Korean ‘ghost whisperer’!


  2. lesreveriesderowena says:

    Also, when I visited former slave dungeons in Zanzibar I felt an energy. People died in those places under great duress, as did Jews in Nazi concentration camps so I can imagine places like those would have a ghostly atmosphere?


    • D. D. Syrdal says:

      That seems to be the prevailing theory, that places where great suffering took place hold psychic echoes, and leave residual energy. At least from what I know of it. I’m not a ghost hunter myself, but almost had a team in to investigate my house awhile back. I’ll have to blog all that sometime.


  3. Sharon Rawlette says:

    I don’t know that I’ve ever had an encounter with the spirit of a “dead” person, but I’ve heard about so many (some from people close to me), that I think it would be silly to discount them. I have no reason to think they don’t occur, and lots of reasons to think they do.


    • D. D. Syrdal says:

      Hi Sharon,

      I’ve had so many odd occurrences in my own life that I am definitely open to the idea. Even Einstein believed that something of us lived on after death. Our brains are full of electricity, firing those synapses, and as we know, it has to go somewhere. Thanks for coming by and your comment!


  4. N. E. White says:

    I think the human brain is AMAZING and we still do not know how it works. Whether these apparitions, feelings, what-have-you are “real” is a bit moot. What is important is how you respond to that stimuli (real or imagined).

    With that said, I got goosebumps reading your mother’s stories. 😮


  5. gypsyscarlett says:

    I just love these kind of posts. Thank you for sharing those stories about your mother. Did she ever tell you more about the other times she’d seen the Asian woman?

    And also thank you, because now I know what my own next post is going to be about. 😉


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