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Do you believe that you have ever been visited by a dead relative ?

By T.K. Randall
August 29, 2023 · Comment icon 21 comments

Have you ever been visited by a dead relative ? Image Credit: Pixabay / Tama66
A new survey has indicated that more than half of Americans believe that they're loved ones have come back to visit them.
It is perhaps one of the most common types of ghost story - someone you know, whether it be a friend, pet or family member - manifesting either in dreams or even in person to visit after they've died.

Now according to a new survey by Pew Research, as many as 53% of adults in the US believe that they have personally experienced a visit of this kind at some point during their lives.
In addition, 34% claimed to have experienced the presence of a dead relative within the last month and 15% have even claimed to have experienced a dead relative attempting to communicate with them.

Around 28% said they had shared the events of their life with their supernatural visitor.

The survey found that women were more likely than men to report such experiences.

Moderately religious people (as oppose to very or slightly religious) were also among those who were most likely to believe that they had been visited by a dead relative.

Source: Pew Research | Comments (21)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by Desertrat56 27 days ago
It's weird, I used to have weird dreams with my dad in them when he was alive, but since he died I have not dreamed about him.  I have dreamed about my brother and other dead realatives.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Guyver 27 days ago
No, I don’t believe I have ever had that experience.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Hankenhunter 26 days ago
Yup. Like OverSword, mine involved my brother, and his studmuffin aftershave. It came at a crisis point, and gave me peace. My ex-wife, and daughter saw her 17 year old sister/aunt clear as day after we got back from the hospital when she died. 
Comment icon #15 Posted by Shadowsfall 26 days ago
I have had moments of clairofactance …,more so in my later years so yes I think I have had visitations of sorts…
Comment icon #16 Posted by Alchopwn 26 days ago
A lot of people report this sort of thing.  I've never experienced it, other than to have dreams of deceased family members.  I think it is common enough that we should probably take it a bit seriously, given we don't have any evidence based explanation.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Hammerclaw 25 days ago
Define "dead".
Comment icon #18 Posted by Bed of chaos 24 days ago
One very odd dream, my deceased black cat sat on my chest, asked me strange questions. Though I didn't get any useful information from him or powerball numbers.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Antigonos 24 days ago
Lovecraft would say that your cat is not dead, his incorporeal being, liberated from the limits of his physical body, has returned from unknown regions to converse with you. Perhaps he wants you to accompany him on a dream quest.  
Comment icon #20 Posted by Piney 24 days ago
I still here my sister's voice sometimes from behind.......but it hits me like a brick and the agony of watching her die comes screaming back. 
Comment icon #21 Posted by Dejarma 24 days ago

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