Some background on what I am about to tell you. I work in a midsized nursing home in Northeast Illinois. The nursing home was built in the 1950's and has always been used as a nursing home. It is in a commercial zone in the city it is in. Before the area was commercial it was fallow farmland for years. I have worked at the home for almost 20 years now and this is one of the first odd things I have ever seen at the home. Over 20 years time I have seen many odd things.
This happened in 1996 in the early afternoon. My coworkers and I were in the main dining room cleaning up. I was standing at the counter emptying dishes, I turned around and looked at the dining room and sitting at the table nearest to me was an odd figure. The figure was dressed in all black: a dark suit, black formal cape and a top hat. The figure was either a skeleton or very gaunt and and odd color of white, yellow and grey all mixed together. I only saw this figure for a few seconds. I told my coworkers about him. They believed me. The cook said, "There are 'things' here all the time. It was just your turn to see."
The really unsettling part of this is this sighting is that the next day the resident who sat right across from where I had seen this figure sitting suddenly passed away. B.R. (I don't want to give her name out of respect for her family) was pretty healthy for a resident. Her passing was a shock to the staff and fellow residents. I just wanted to share this with others.
I think that there are many things we will never understand. We just have to accept them and learn from them if we can. If things go well with this, my first story, I will be back with more incidents at the place I work.