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I have previously submitted a story here about a haunting in the small village where I lived. In this village is a very old retirement home. Most of the small village is new, and it is currently expanding. However there are a few very old houses and buildings including an old church, graveyard and this large retirement home (as well as a few other old homes). This is the second haunting I've experienced, and the second local ghost story I've been unable to trace.

My mother worked at the retirement home as a carer and when I was sixteen I got a part time job there as a kitchen assistant. It was a three storey building, most of the building was in its original state but there had been another part added on as an extension. Now, I am fully aware that elderly people are not always the most reliable source, and that a lot of them were in the early to late stages of dementia. However, Rooms 4 and 5 of this building seemed to be the only two affected by this strange occurrence. I always felt uncomfortable in that home, although full of people there was obviously an underlying atmosphere of death. Many people passed away whilst I was there and it was not a happy place to work.

One day whilst on my rounds (I used to do the tea and coffee rounds) I stopped off in Room 5, let's call her Anne; she was a stubborn old lady who had most of her wits about her. She was always very particular about her drinks and who she would befriend. 'Those children are dancing on the roof again' was the first thing she said as I entered her room, I frowned; she wasn't usually the type to spout strange nonsense. I walked over to her window which did look down over the roof of another section of the building. I couldn't see anything 'Tell them to be quiet' She continued 'They are singing and dancing,' 'There's no one there Anne' I replied nervously. I genuinely could not see a thing. I thought nothing of it until I spoke to my mother about it, she rolled her eyes and explained that it wasn't the first time Anne had complained of children dancing on the roof. To this day almost five years on she still claims to see and hear those children... But that's not the end of that story.

Room 4, which is next door, has had several residents over the last few years. The lady who was there when I was never mentioned the children, but, the lady after her also complained of children dancing on the roof, yet she was wheel chair bound and we wondered if she'd heard of the children from the next door room, but she was adamant she had never even spoken to Anne, sadly, she passed away. But the very next resident said the same thing, and then this very day, on the phone to my mother she said 'The curse of room 4 is back' She said light heartedly 'The new resident was complaining about the children dancing on the roof again' Now she believes it's all nonsense, but I always believed there to be more to it.

The child dancing has only ever been seen by the two rooms looking out over that roof. However, many residents have claimed to see the two young girls walking the halls at night, or visiting them in their rooms, sitting, playing, and singing and talking to them. Sometimes they are elusive shadowy figures, sometimes they appear to the residents. I personally always felt very uneasy in the home, on several occasions I felt I was being followed and even saw small shadows, like those of small children.

One evening I heard a strange moaning in the hallway, and thought it was just one of the residents, but it was very late. I then had the feeling of someone standing behind me and I literally ran down the hallway back to the kitchen area and felt a lot better as If I'd escaped. My rational mind would say that it's the power of suggestion. The residents hear about the ghosts, so they see them. I heard about them too, so maybe that's why I felt their presence. But that's where the plot thickens.

You see, there is an explanation for these ghosts. One that seems to be one of those old stories kept to the confines of the village. You see, as much as I know, there was a fire in the top level of the building many years ago, the building is from the eighteen hundreds and has been restored several times back to how it was. I have been informed it was once a children's home, and that two young girls died in the tragic fire.

Most of the residents are from just outside the area so very few or even any know of this story. The staff are not allowed to talk of it for fear it'll put people off living/residing at the home. I didn't find this out until I'd stopped working there. But now the story of the dancing girls makes sense. These poor unfortunate children are stuck for some reason in the house where they died so tragically. Forever dancing, playing and wondering the halls.

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The following comments are submitted by users of this site and are not official positions by yourghoststories.com. Please read our guidelines and the previous posts before posting. The author, RoseRed10, has the following expectation about your feedback: I will participate in the discussion and I need help with what I have experienced.

RoseRed10 (2 stories) (4 posts)
 
7 years ago (2010-08-25)
Wow, that's really interesting. I will check it out!

It does seem strange... The relation of death and children... Hmm I bet there's an interesting thesis in there somewhere!
Stormsearch (1 posts)
 
7 years ago (2010-08-25)
Hello!
It seems that - for elderly people, and sometimes people who are near death - it's relatively common to see children. Obviously in this case, there's background history which explains the sightings. But in other nursing homes and hospitals generally, it seems fairly common. As an example, there's this discussion on the All Nurses forums:
Http://allnurses.com/general-nursing-discussion/whats-your-best-108202.html

It's nursing ghost stories; some of them are obviously embellished (at the very least!) but most of them certainly sound true. Warning though - there are currently 174 pages to read, and it's really quite gripping. I lost about a week to reading them all...!:)

Many of them tell about patients seeing children running about the ward, or complaining about kids running riot in their rooms, when there are manifestly no children there. Often the patient dies relatively soon after seeing the children.

I wonder why people see children, particularly in the hospitals where there's no particular history like the one here about the fire. Intriguing!

Anyway, thank you for your story, I enjoyed it.:)

Jehane
jellybellycandies (4 posts)
 
7 years ago (2010-08-24)
you know I think that you should have turned around first and look:) and it is neat that there even is a place that is haunted and you worked there.
RoseRed10 (2 stories) (4 posts)
 
7 years ago (2010-08-24)
I always found it strange.

I think your correct in thinking that maybe it is something to do with being closer to death.

Don't they say children and old people are most likely to see ghosts? Older people because they they are closer to the afterlife/death?

I always felt uneasy there, but mostly because its a sad place, lots of death and gloom. But, I think its too much of a coincidence to write it off as crazy old people.
bexscowz06 (3 stories) (16 posts)
 
7 years ago (2010-08-24)
Wow I love this story. Not the fact the children are stuck there or the fact they bother the residents.

But the fact the residents seem oblivous to the fact the children are ghosts. Does this mean that as we age and get nearer to death we get our childlike six sense vision back?

It also seems nice the children are still playing and having fun, maybe also oblivous to the fact they are dead. Cute! ❤
Fashionista777 (4 stories) (57 posts)
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7 years ago (2010-08-24)
Another well written story. It sounds similar to what my mom's friend's mom experienced in a retirement home. She was not given to fits of dementia or anything like that, but she would sometimes call her daughter in law in the middle of the night, complaining that she heard kids skateboarding on the roof. Although I believe that she was telling the truth, no one else claimed to hear it, and they were never able to find the cause for it. Sadly, she passed away just last week.
Thanks for another interesting and well written story.
Genevieve
DARKNESS (3 stories) (2022 posts)
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7 years ago (2010-08-24)
This was a good story RoseRed10: I believe that when one is closer to death there ability to sense and perceive the existence of the other side is heightened I have heard of a few other stories where residents in nursing homes and patients in hospitals have experienced the same things.
It does seem that the children have not moved on for some reason, which is a shame I hope they eventually do cross over and find closure.

Thank you for sharing.

Dan

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