... the supernatural, I suspect,
resembles nature in that, though you drive it out with a pitchfork, it
always comes creeping back....
-- D.J. Enright, editor, The Oxford Book
WHAT MAKES A GHOST?
Much study and research has been done to
determine why someone becomes a ghost and the prevailing theory is
that when death is sudden and traumatic, it is more likely to result
in a haunting. .
Though some ghosts may stay here simply because they want to, most
ghosts are caused by one of the following situations:
Murder -- especially those that remain unsolved.
Sometimes the ghost will not move on until the murder is solved.
Accidents -- Sudden death from accidents such as car wrecks,
drownings, falls and fires. Hauntings are far more prevalent
from accidental deaths than those caused naturally.
Suicide -- The pain and torment that a suicide victim
feels will often cause them to remain here in ghostly form.
Broken hearts -- Much like suicide, the pain and torment felt
by someone who dies while mourning a lost love or a family member may
cause them to remain earthbound.
Desecration of a grave -- While these spirits may have
initially passed on, they will often return if vandalism, tombstone
theft or other desecration of the grave occurs.
Greed -- Sometimes humans carry a preoccupation with land or
money which can create hauntings, when the ghost is unable to let go
of its earthly possessions.
Lack of a proper burial -- If the spirit believes he or she did
not receive what they believe is a proper burial, they may remain.
of America, updated March, 2017.