I recommend picking up a copy of his book. It will really give you a different feel for walking into a hospital...
PART 3: Reactions of Hospital Workers and Hauntings in Rebuilt Structures.
Q: Did you find that medical staffers in the facilities that are still open were reluctant to talk about their ghostly encounters or were they excited to share them?
No reluctance at all, Rob. More to the point, they were likely to tell more than I possibly needed. Finding multiple employees who knew of a particular paranormal happenstance was the initial challenge. For every verification that something went on a particular floor, or room, or ward, was accompanied by stories of events in other places about the hospital. As I talk about the book now that it has been published, employees of medical-care facilities are sharing many more accounts of eerie things that have occurred where they worked.
Q: You cited that some of the facilities that burned down and were rebuilt still contain the ghosts that lived when the former facility was still standing. So do you think they're more confined to the location than the actual structure? Do you think that ghosts see the new structure or continue to live in the past?
I’m not sure that you can burn out a ghost. That said, all else in your question applies. Some ghosts are hanging around the location and some the actual structure… and I am sure some ghosts have attached themselves to things, as well, such as a particular bed or chair. I do think most ghosts “see” a new structure. In fact, it is a new structure, and remodeling of an old one, that seems to call upon the ghosts to become active. Perhaps they found a way to rest that is being disturbed.
|Author Randy Russell|
Let me add one word of warning to those who seek to understand ghosts and hauntings. Do not be too quick to assume that a particular moment of history is at play when you meet a ghost. In most cases, the ghost is there for you. A ghost is there because you are. Again, it is my personal belief that the only way a ghost exists is through the perception of the living.
Now, it may be a ghost wants you, or anyone, to remember a particular time in history. Ghosts may not be stupidly reliving their lives as an unaware imprint on whatever the heck imprints… They’re performing the rote activity specifically for you. Because you are there.
A ghost is showing you what they did and perhaps how they did it. They know their time has passed. A ghost is only as stupid, or as smart, as the person who is seeing it.***************************************************************
"The Ghost Will See You Now: Haunted Hospitals of the South"
BOOK SUMMARY: Organized as a state-by-state guide to known Southern hospital hauntings, The Ghost Will See You Now includes 40-plus ghost stories and lists of sightings at more than 160 haunted locations. In addition to the numerous hospital sightings, ghosts also haunt medical-care facilities as diverse as TB sanitariums, spas, dental clinics, treatment centers at historic forts, nursing homes, hospice centers, ambulances, hospital train cars, and an early-19th-century pharmacy in New Orleans. To Buy the Book on AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/The-Ghost-Will-See-You/dp/0895876310
*Randy has authored several other fascinating books I've also read:
Ghost Dogs of the South, The Granny Curse and Other Ghosts and Legends from East Tennessee and Ghost Cats of the South!