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My grandparents' house has belonged to the family since my grandfather bought it in 1925, it was a huge house that was home to the grandparents and their 10 children, one of whom was my mother. During her childhood, her grandparents, various aunts, uncles and cousins came to live with the family and different people passed away in the house (from natural causes, usually).It had the reputation of being haunted even when I was small.

There was a back bedroom in the house, that even on the hottest and muggiest of New Orleans summer days was always freezing cold, whether the air conditioning was on or not. A young relative of my mother's had hanged himself in that room, after a love affair ended badly. I wasn't told about that until much older. My siblings, cousins and I played and even slept in that room, without a care. It was often the most comfortable place to be.  

During my childhood I remember many happy times spent there with my relatives, and the stories that the grandparents, uncles and aunts would tell about our family. All of my mothers' siblings had moved out except her youngest brother, and eventually he married and left as well. When I was 25, my grandmother passed away (the same year I lost my husband and child), and when I was able, I went to visit my grandfather, who at the time was living in the house alone. He was bitter about the losses of grandmaman and my family, and he also complained angrily about the increased crime in the neighbourhood. He said he always had his shotgun nearby, and he kept my grandmother's rifle in the bedroom.

Not too long afterwards, some young men broke into the house. My grandfather waited with his shotgun ready. He was 90 years old and said later that he stayed out of sight because he wasn't going to be a hero, but he would do what he needed to, to stay alive. Suddenly he heard a gun blast, and footsteps running out of the house. He said he thought a neighbour had come, and was very grateful. A neighbour had seen the men loitering around, and had called the police. They were coming up to the house, just as the men came running out---right into their custody.

After the burglars were taken away, my uncle who lived closest was called and met my grandfather and a couple of officers who remained behind, at the house. The officer who was getting information for the report asked my grandfather if they could also speak to the "lady of the house". My grandfather told him sadly that she was deceased, he was alone. The policemen, puzzled, exchanged glances and told him that the burglars had run out when faced by a very tall woman with a rifle, who they said had shot at them. The officer further said the police had also gotten a glimpse of her peering out of the door, before she went back into the house.

Then the policemen saw a portrait of my grandmother, all 5'11 of her, and identified her as the woman they had all seen.

bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 46-50, F 87 Responses Oct 15, 2012

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The house I grew up in had a ghost. It was grandpa.

very nice story ...

Beautiful story.....she never left his side....

House of Spirits. ..

The large family with a strong matriach that resides in every family member for ever, physical or metaphysical

Is a book worth reading. ..if you have not already

Do you have an instagram?

Sorry, no.

I believe too - good on your grandmother!! X

I believe in ghosts but I thinks it's a rare occur acne to encounter one. However it seems your grandmother is definitely still around and probably for your grandfather :)


Honestly i dont believe in ghosts but I really enjoyed reading all of your story ..thax for sharing .

That is so cool! I'm happy your grandmother is still there, protecting the house! (And your family!) XD

My grandmother passed away when I was a child , but I will always remember her picture falling off the wall and smashing minutes before the phone call from the hospital to say she had died ... coincidence ? - I don't think so.

Wow...I bet that was unnerving.

Oooh, I love stories like this, sends a shiver up my spine! Thank you for posting this! :-)

Thanks for posting this. I am amazed at how the world has changed -- how minds seems to be able to see, more and more, things beyond the ordinary. Great post.

I did not want to copy the whole thing, just the writting "death is nothing at all" and I hope it will give you comfort.

I really appreciate it. Thank you again.

Thank you. A lot of interesting information here.

your writing is exceptional bijoux...feel like i'm reading a best breakfast at an old railroad station that is actively haunted...all the staff have seen them....

great story, I believe in ghosts also.

also I am sorry you lost your husband and a child. I lost an adult son many years ago, losing a child of any age is the worst lost of all. No one can understand the grief involved, except those who have been through it.

Thank you. I had no idea of your loss, I'm so sorry.

wow...great story....Loved it.thank you for sharing.

<p>Your loved ones who have passed over also contact you via your dreams.I have had three very vivid dreams of my mother,years after she passed away at a time when I was going through a difficult period,was being bullied at work.I had not been thinking about her when I had these dreams,we had not been particularly close because of circumstances,but I then realised going by the contents of the dreams that in spite of all appearances she must have cared a lot about me.</p>

Those aren't really dreams....those are called visitations. I've had more than a few of those of my aunt. She came to me in a dream and apologized to me for leaving me the way that she did, she said that her body just couldn't go on anymore. I told her that I understood and hugged and kissed felt so real and vivid,that I woke up with tears in my eyes because I knew from now on, I could only see her in my dreams...never again in real life the way I wanted to....I miss her terribly. And I honestly don't believe that I'll ever truly recover from her death no matter how long I may live....

I always believed that our loved ones remain near us after passing away for as long as we need them.Love is the bridge that connect us to them and also allow them to reach us.Many stories have been told of people being protected and given guidance by loved ones who have passed on,even loving pets can still remain near while one still grieves,I personally know this to be true.Knowing this, it is reassuring and heartwarming to know that we will meet them again,that death is NOT the end.Our loved ones who have passed on,can be said to be our guardian angels.

i too have ghost experience , they visited me many times they leached my energy , its scary i even felt death 2, 3 times , i did a mistke by invoking them once

Wow what an amazing story to have in your family. (Although I am sorry for the personal loss expressed in this story). Curious if there have been other experiences you have had in the house.

Most that I experienced personally fell into the realm of maybe something, maybe not---except for the story of Granddad\'s mirror.

Would the people of this group think I'm a 'bad' or 'close-minded' person if I told you all that ghosts don't exist!?

They might wonder what your point is in commenting on this story...

Well, if you must know, I enjoy reading well-written stories. I enjoyed reading one of your stories from, I think 'Black People (Sticking Together)' or something close to this. I guess you've helped me with answering my own question. I probably am close-minded when it comes to believing in ghosts. I'm not against believing in the possibility of spirits. I like to read about subjects that spark some controversy! Thanks for the great stories, regardless of whether I believe what you believe in!

Oh, okay, lol! Thank you, that's very kind.

Great story. The house sounds like one that would be very hard to sell.
I'm so sorry about the loss of your husband and child. I can relate.

I have lots of wonderful New Orleans memories from my own youth. I realize that the city made multiple transitions over the years but I think I can still remember how it was before the freeways and newer bridges and how it transitioned. Where (about) is the house?

...she must have really loved her husband...

Maybe also a reminder that relationships you have here continues on in the next life...

Over-Practical guys dont see ghosts only creative people are able to see them

... if that is the case why did the "rational minded cops and burglars see them"?

Erm no. creative types means really creative like those day-dreamers.

...oh... you say cops daydream then? lol

Who the hell's a cop?

Reread the story. The police on the scene reported seeing her.

Read it in hurry. Then it's not some Fruedian crap.

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Thank you for sharing :)

Wow!! I so wish I had a deceased guardian angel! Maybe I have on after all, but haven't met them yet.. :(

Some have said "no such thing as ghost" When we die we go to one place or another.-{it is our choice which one} NOW--many times in sc<x>ripture it reads do not call up the dead, WHY?--WELL-if your parents said stay away from the oven or you will get burnt. Would they have to warn you if it were not possible?--SO--If our heavenly father tells us do not call up the dead, it must be possible. I don't -- I won't.--But if they come calling on their own, I'm at a loss. For those who are not afraid to read sc<x>ripture, just for curiosity , look up 1st Sam: V-28.

...have you ever thought that "do not call up the dead" is part of worldly indoctrination to MAKE people NOT BELIEVE, to make them forget about their spiritual origins?

I really enjoyed your story. I sent it to my girlfriend's email. This is the kind of story that she really enjoys. Thankk you for posting the story.

wow,i believe that,my folks live in new orleans to,it dose have a spooky side in history that is still active ,

... because there the people actually BELIEVED...