I have been decorating a cottage this week - empty, as it's to be let unfurnished. Heard a shriek, a crash and series of thuds (as if someone had fallen downstairs). As I was the only one in the house (an end terrace) at the time, I went next door to see if all OK, but that house was empty (owners on holiday). Talking to the neighbours opposite, I was informed that the house was haunted by the ghost of a woman who was killed in the nearby mill nearly 200 years ago. It seems that she is often 'heard' and occasionally 'seen', tramping around in a long apron. I said that if she appeared to me, I would set her on sanding down the woodwork, which shocked the neighbours. They expressed the view (in all seriousness), that I shouldn't joke about these things, as she might take her revenge.
I know from my teaching days that lots of children and adolescents believe in ghosts, but I didn't think many adults still do.
Do you believe that the dead have spirits and that they can be seen/heard/felt by the living?
'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations