Imagine if you could see and hear spirits. What would they say? How would they act? The Spirit Hour is a collection of five stories about the afterlife and how spirits interact with the human characters they meet.
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Thanks to Jim from Brunswick, Maine for this story!
Losing a loved one is a difficult, but unavoidable part of the human experience. Whether you believe in an afterlife or not, we question where souls go and if there is a continuation of the consciousness after leaving the body. While there is no absolute proof of life after death, many people have experienced strange events where a departed relative or friend contacts them after their passing.
Jim has had multiple experiences of this nature. His grandmother was sick in the hospital. One day, all her pictures fell off the wall and the clocks in the house stopped. Right after this happened, the family received a phone call that Jim’s grandmother had passed away. These circumstances were repeated some years later when the grandmother’s sister died. While Jim was in the room when the first event happened, he was not present for the second one, but heard about it when the family contacted him.
Years later, one of Jim’s cousins died suddenly from a heart attack. He was middle age and the death came as a shock to the family. Jim was sitting in the living room with four of his friends when the phone rang. One of his friends offered to get it for him and put it on speaker. They heard a lot of static as the call connected. Wondering if they had a bad connection, the friend was about to disconnect the call when the static cleared. Jim and all his friends very clearly heard the cousin’s voice come over the line.
“I’m all right,” he said.
Then the line cut out. Jim checked the caller ID, but it hadn’t recorded anything and showed no signs of having received a call at all. This event occurred after Jim had already heard about his cousin’s passing. Hearing his cousin’s voice on the phone made Jim feel better and how the message was delivered matched the cousin’s jokester personality.
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One of the warnings that is given to paranormal investigators and ghost hunters who are just starting out in the field is never to invite spirits to follow you home. This is so that the spirit does not become attached to the person. The idea is that you would not invite a total stranger into your home without caution and since ghosts are the souls of people who have passed on, you do not want to encourage them to take up residence with you either. Unless you know the spirit well or have a previous relationship with the person from when they were alive, it’s generally not considered wise to let them into your sacred space. However, just as with everything, there are some exceptions to this rule.
Holly Bell is a clairaudient paranormal investigator. Although she has seen apparitions, she mostly hears whispers and collects EVPs. Holly started her paranormal investigation group about five years ago with another friend of hers who is also an empath. You can check out her paranormal videos on YouTube.
A couple of years ago, Holly was investigating her former professor’s home. The professor had lived peacefully in the building for years. When he became empathic and psychically aware after a near-death experience, he started noticing that his old house was full of ghosts. Unfortunately, he was terrified of them and decided to sell the place. Before the deal was closed, he asked Holly to come over and investigate.
After Holly had been in the house a few minutes, the professor asked, “Well? Why are they here? What do they want?”
“They want to know why you hate them. They don’t mean you any harm,” Holly answered. “Even though they’re dead, they’re just peacefully living out their afterlife here.”
As she continued to explore the house, a young female spirit approached Holly. The spirit said her name was Sarafina. She wore a dress that looked like something from the Little House on The Prairie books. Holly estimated that she was from the 1800s. The little girl ghost had played with the professor’s niece when she visited, but since he was going to be leaving soon, she was going to be all alone. The spirit did not seem ready to move on to the light. During the visit, Holly took a liking to Sarafina and invited her to come home with her instead.
Another time, Holly was doing an investigation in Sacramento Historic City Cemetery in California when she came across the spirit of a cavalry soldier. He introduced himself as John. When she was leaving the area where he was, he called for her to come back. Perhaps he wasn’t stuck haunting the cemetery and might have just been passing through because he decided to follow her home. Holly has had readings with two other psychics who have confirmed this spirit by name. John is not ready to cross over and has taken up the role of protecting Holly.
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