When Someone Close Appears As They Die It's Called A Crisis Ghost
Paranormal Expert Richard Thomas' Chilling Explanation
Crisis ghosts are different from other apparitions in that they appear to be person rather than location based. This paranormal phenonomen typically involve close friends or family members of witnesses appearing at a time of crisis, usually just before or after the person appearing dies. So common is the phenomenon that there is actually a case within my own family we can discuss.
In the 1980s, while on holiday in the Tenerife, my father had a strange dream involving several deceased relatives "all dressed in white" and a close childhood friend he hadn't seen in about "two and a half years." According to my father, the white figures in the dream told him that "they were all alright and not to worry." After waking up, my dad assumed it was just a strange dream and got on with enjoying his holiday. On returning to the UK, though, he discovered to his shock that the friend in the dream had, unbeknownst to him, been ill for some time and had died while he was away.
Had the spirits of the departed somehow invaded my father's subconscious that night in Tenerife, or alternately, had my father somehow psychically picked up on his friends passing or imminent passing and this is how his subconscious mind dealt with it. Either explanation can be made to fit.
Stranger still, though, are the crisis ghost cases that take place while the witness or witnesses are still awake. For instance, there are many cases from the two world wars of soldiers returning home only to suddenly vanish or walk through a wall, news of their death arriving not long afterwards.
A classic example of this was featured in a memorable episode of the 1990s UK series Ghost Hunters focusing on the alleged ghostly happenings at Ireland's Castle Leslie. In the documentary we're told that "Uncle Norman" Leslie was seen by the old game keeper and others "walking the gardens" when last they heard he was in France fighting in the 1914 war. Thinking the army captain must have gotten unexpected leave, the servants rushed to get a meal prepared for the returning war hero. Strangely, though, he never turned up. Within a week, however, the family learned the truth. "Uncle Norman" had died attacking a German machine gun post.
When you consider the wide spectrum of crisis ghost experiences; some awake, some asleep, some alone, some with others present, is it really likely that every case has the same explanation, or, is it more reasonable to think that some might be traditional spirits and some might be evidence for something else, perhaps a psychic connection between human beings?