I work at a nursing home, recently transferred to the oldest part of the home. It is about 50-years-old and a lot of people have passed away in that part of the building.
Today at work I had just followed a resident to breakfast and was turning back to clean the room after morning toilette when I saw a gray shadow "slide" in and slam the door in my face! Freaking out, I called one of my co-workers and told her what just happened. She was really calm, even smiling. She said, "Oh, you met our 'Lady of the House'." She told me that they think it is a resident that passed but never left. The ghost is harmless but likes shutting doors and sometimes hides things.
She then went on to tell me more things that sometimes happen. In one room she told me that a cat sometimes is heard purring. The lights in some rooms turn on by themselves.
"There is nothing evil about these spirits," she said. But some people don't like it there (me included, as I'm afraid). After that I cleaned the room really fast, and went on with my job.
I would like to know more about the things she told me, but that experience today really freaked me out and I'm afraid that I can't do my job if I'm scared all the time. I also am curious because thinking back it didn't feel "evil." I just don't know enough about ghosts.
Can they hurt me? Will they hurt me? Why are they there? I mean, the residents are really old and most of them are at peace with their passing on. I have seen a lot of beautiful "passings" because the old often want to "pass."
Often in their last breath I have heard them saying, "Hi, Mom/Dad/Darling" and then pass in peace. So why haunt a nursing home?