I know what you are thinking. I’ll be honest, I always shared your view, too. Of course a living person can’t be a residual ghost. Only dead people can be ghosts. Right?
Well, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the whole concept of Residual Ghosts. Maybe you have already read my article When a Residual Ghost Shares Your Home that shares the current views of paranormal experts on what a residual ghost is. If you haven’t you might want to take a moment to check it out for a more detailed explanation before continuing.
The standard explanation is that a residual haunting is created when some traumatic or highly emotional event transpires and the image, or sounds, of the event is somehow imprinted on the area itself and continues to replay the event much like a recorded television show. This would account for reoccurring images, sounds, or ghostly activity that seems to repeat the same sequence of events at regular intervals; and explain stories of wandering ghosts in search of their long lost lover or hearing footsteps on the stairs at the same time every night.
That’s all well and good, but there is one teeny tiny flaw in this theory as far as I’m concerned. If traumatic or highly emotionally charged events have the ability to imprint on the location and replay at intervals, why then is it not possible to have a residual haunting of a person who is still alive?
Why do we not observe the residual ghost of someone who survived a horrific automobile accident? Why doesn’t the image of aged Americans who are now in nursing homes haunt the halls of their life long homes?
Aaah, but you say the person has to be dead. I ask, “Why?” Stories have existed for eons of the residual ghosts of those who have passed on who are drawn to the very place they loved dearest in this world. The rationale , of course, is that they imprinted on this place because of their strong emotional ties to it.
If a residual haunting is an imprint that happened at some prior point in time, surely while the person was alive, why then must they die before it can be observed?
Makes you think, doesn’t it?