This incident happened 3 years ago in a private hospital in Mumbai. My mother was and still is suffering from rheumatic arthritis but at that time was severe. We had to admit her in this private hospital for some serious treatment and diagnosis. She made some friends in the same room she stayed and one of those patient was in very serious condition. That patient had lost all her hair due to the treatment and also looked very lean and weak.
After a week, my mother was discharged and we went home. After a month we went there for a formal check up by 7 p.m on a Monday, I guess. We had to wait for some time because the doctor was busy with many patients. My mother was sitting in the chairs diagonally opposite to mine and I was reading some magazines to kill boredom. Suddenly I heard my mother talking to someone and I looked up and got shocked; because she was talking to her adjacent chair with no one sitting in it. I didn't want to scare her, so I kept quiet and pretended to be reading. Then my mother suddenly called me and said "Hi, Ram, look my friend has become fine. Please say hello to her." I was speechless and just made a weak smile at that chair.
After some time the doctor called my mother and she went in. After awhile she came back with fear on her face and sweating. She asked me whether I saw her friend before and I explained everything. She told me that she asked her doctor about her friend's condition casually and he had told her that she died after the week my mother was discharged. My mother told me that she was sitting by her side looking very fresh and head full of hair with a bright look on her face and asked about my mother health, family etc. She had also told my mother that she had become fine and now back to college for studies. I forgot to mention that was girl of 26 or 27 years old. My mother asked me to immediately get out of there and was in fear for some days after that incident.
I can see that the spirit was harmless but what is the point of meeting my mother and telling her a lie. Just curious?