From the very first day I moved in, I saw the spirits walking the halls of this old funeral home. Back in time this was one of Harlan's main funeral homes. My Grandfather on my Mom's side had "gone through" here back in 1950. Now it's an apartment building, and in August of 2011, I moved into one of the basement apartments.
I have seen spirits many times in my life, in many different locations, but this old funeral has more of "them" than any other place I have experienced. I asked the maintenance manager if he had seen them. "All the time," was his reply. I didn't know if he was serious or just joking, but it really didn't matter. You see, I kind of enjoy having them around, especially if they're not doing anything serious. It's also true that they know who THEY can have "fun" with.
Across the hall from me is another apartment. This apartment was, back in the funeral home days, the bleed-out room. Just a couple of years ago there was a young lad living there who was being taunted by the spirits. He was taunted to the point where he tore out all of the suspended ceiling tiles and cut every electrical wire he could find, thinking that someone was playing a joke on him. He even went so far as to have the police come in with a bug-detecting device, but nothing "electronic" was found. Needless to say, he doesn't live in this apartment anymore.
The spirits that walk the halls would obviously come into my apartment, and I would see them (with my peripheral vision, or see a shadow "passing" by) on a regular basis. They weren't doing anything "scary," but now and then they would move things while I was gone, or they would hide things from me, only to have these hidden things "reappear" in a place that I had already checked. One day, while on my cell phone, I was sitting at my high-table when all of the sudden a glider chair three feet away from me started to glide (back and forth) on its own. I just smiled and calmly said, "Just wait until I get off the phone you s.o.b." The chair stopped immediately. It is my belief that "they" do these things in order to scare the hell out of you, and if they do scare you then, in cases where multiple spirits exist, THEY ALL come at you and taunt you. To the point where you will leave "their house." But I don't scare that easily.
Like I said, I have plenty of experience in this subject, all of it comes from personal experiences. Spirits can be driven out or, if they don't really bother you, then they can be considered one of the family.
One thing you should understand though, is that spirits, for the most part, are not the souls of people who died. Sure, once in awhile a loved one might come back to us, like in a dream, or for a short "visit" for the purpose of letting us know that they are okay and that they still love us. But in cases with a constant presence, there is something totally different going on.
Most hauntings are the result of people having ceremonies which conjure-up these spirits. In the case of haunted funeral homes, there were ceremonies held in the bleed-out rooms with the corpses of those who passed away. This is why the bleed-out room, IN EVERY OLD FUNERAL HOME, will contain a high number of spirits (but these spirits are free to roam the entire building). The same goes for haunted houses. For the most part, there were ceremonies held in these houses, in the past, that conjured-up these spirits. The home owner died, but the spirits stayed, and that is what you are seeing in your home, your workplace, the cemetery (yes, ceremonies were also held here), and any other place that is haunted.
The worst thing you can do with a spirit is to show fear. If you have an "ornery" spirit, then "they" will play on this fear. Not all spirits are ornery or mean, but, either way, be bold to them. Now, if you have an actual poltergeist, then do what I would do... RUN LIKE HELL!