When I was a little girl, Grandpa Freddie lived in the basement apartment of my Aunt Marianne’s house. I knew that Grandpa’s wife, Tessie, had passed away three years before I was born. Grandpa Freddie wasn’t happy talking about Grandma Tessie, so I would pester my mother for stories about her. Mom told me that Grandma Tessie loved reading, bird-watching, singing, and helping people. Tessie was a family nickname for Theresa. Mom said it was too painful to name me after her mother, so she gave me “Theresa” as a middle name instead.
Grandpa Freddie watched me after school and on weekdays during summer vacation. For some reason, I was always scared of the back room by the kitchen. The bathroom was located at the end of the small room where they kept the washer and dryer. It was almost always dark in the back room and I was convinced that something was waiting to grab me. I would come out of the bathroom and rush through the archway to get back to Grandpa’s kitchen.
At some point, I concluded that if there was a ghost there, it was probably Grandma Tessie. If that was true, then I shouldn’t be afraid of her. She was an ancestral spirit and if anything, she would be protective of me. I stopped running out of the bathroom area, but there was still a sad atmosphere about the place. Sometimes I would even get the sensation of being watched.
I later learned that the watched feeling might have been an electromagnetic field caused by the washer and dryer, but somehow, I was not convinced. Years after Grandpa Freddie died, I told my mother about the strange vibes that I would get in the back room. Then Mom told me this story.
One day, when she was already sick with cancer, Grandpa found Grandma Tessie passed out in the bathroom. When he tried to pick her up, he saw that she was dead and in his fright, he started shaking her and calling her name. Miraculously, she came out of it and he took her to the hospital. She eventually passed away some months later.
Residual hauntings occur when there is no consciousness behind the paranormal activity. It is the remaining energy imprint from either a repetitive event or a tragedy that took place, not an individual soul that can interact with people. I did not know that my grandmother had almost died in the bathroom by the back room and yet, I always felt odd in that area. I think that I picked up on the intense energy that my grandfather must have left behind in that room when he found his wife dying.
What do you think? Could this be a type of residual haunting? Have you or someone you know ever experienced a residual haunting before? Let me know in the comments.
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