This is one of many True Story interviews in which we talk to people who have experienced interesting/amazing/challenging things. This is the story of Tiffany and the ghosts she has seen.
Tell us a bit about yourself!
My name is Tiffany and I’m 23 years old. I live with my boyfriend in New Jersey but I’m originally from Connecticut. I work in marketing in New York City and in my free time I like playing WoW and am a language nerd!
Can you remember the first time you saw a ghost?
My first experience was at my grandmother’s house when I was about 7-8 years old. My mom, grandmother and I were in a room and I sat in a red leather chair. When everyone else left the room, I got up and I saw this woman sitting in the chair: she was older with salt and pepper hair, a floral dress, and looking right at me. I told my mom and described her — apparently I described my great-grandmother that I had never met (and there aren’t too many pictures of) to a T. To boot, she had died of a heart attack in that chair. Why my grandmother kept it is beyond me!
How do you usually feel when you see a ghost?
It’s pretty spooky and just makes you want to get out of there. The only time I had a different feeling was again at my grandmother’s house, after her dog was put to sleep. It happened in March/April and I came home in May, and the first time I went over there, I was able to feel the dog around and swore I saw her. It made me relieved because I felt she stayed around to say goodbye to me. The dog’s presence faded away after about two weeks.
Have you seen ghosts in multiple places?
I’ve seen things in my home, my grandmother’s home and in my second elementary school. (I once saw it rain inside the stairwell. That was freaky.) For what it’s worth, at least five people (family and friends) have seen ghosts in my house.
Have you ever tried to interact with them?
Not that I can remember. When I felt my grandmother’s dog was around, I hung out in that room, but I didn’t actively reach out. Sometimes when my mother is looking for something of her father’s, she’ll concentrate for a day on “Dad, where is the [item]”, and it pops into her head, though I could see that being taken as her subconscious.
In another incident, a friend of ours wanted some sign from her deceased father. We laughed since that never works, but the thought “ask her about the nose job” was put into my mother’s head. Apparently our friend’s father had offered to get her a nose job as a teenager, which we had no idea of since we met her when she was 55.
Have you ever told anyone about these experiences?
I’ve told my family because other people have seen things too. One funny story is how my mom and I were both seeing cats in the basement and finally talked about it. A friend of ours asked my dad if he ever saw anything weird in the house, and my dad replied with “Oh, you mean the cats?” I was really surprised because my dad usually doesn’t want anything to do with the new age stuff my mom is into. Besides family, just close friends, but most don’t seem to believe me. I don’t think I would either, honestly!
Do you believe in the afterlife? What’s you religious persuasion? Do you think either of these have had any influence on your experiences?
I was raised without any religion and was a Jewish Studies minor in college – but Jewish people don’t have a strong sense of an afterlife or anything like that. I believe in an afterlife of some sort but I’m not sure of the specifics. I think some spirits are reachable in one way or another, but I’ve also experienced them fading away. Where they go, who knows!
Have you ever wished that you didn’t see ghosts?
I don’t see things that often, so it doesn’t bother me one way or another. However, my mother is much more sensitive to these things and she has said she wishes she wasn’t so perceptive. Because of that, she stays away from things that are supposed to make you more perceptive to the supernatural, like amethyst.
Have you ever had any experiences with the super natural? Any questions for Tiffany?