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It’s easy to get caught up in ghost hunting… finding haunted places, scheduling an investigation, coordinating your team, choosing equipment, and so on.
It can become overwhelming. Even a burden, at times.
Sometimes, we just want to go to a site that might have a ghost, and see what happens.
But always, we need to keep in mind that – as Alex Matsuo says – Ghosts are people, too.
Yes, some hauntings are related to tragedy.
Let’s never trivialize what may have happened to the victims, and let’s not whitewash history into something more fictional than fact.
Maybe we need to consider the context of the ghosts’ lives more than the circumstances of their deaths.
For example, if Isadora Duncan really does haunt sites such as Devon’s Oldway Mansion, I doubt that she’s weeping inconsolably or even mourning.
More likely, she’s dancing through the hallways.
In my opinion, we’re casting a burden on some ghosts by framing them in the context of tragedy.
Instead of leaping to deep sympathy (or, far worse, trying to “cast them out”) when we first encounter a ghost, perhaps we need to take Alex’s advice and remember: Ghosts are people too.