This is a story that was related to me by my second cousin and then the happenings to me and my daughter in later years. My second cousin who would be in her 90's if alive today, told me her ghost story. When she was in her 20's she and her current boyfriend were talking about death and being contacted from beyond the grave, and he told her that if anything happened to him, he would let her know he was ok. She replied how and he said through a clock.
She said ok and wondered what he meant. 6 months later he killed himself and my cousin was so sad she couldn't eat, messed up at work and had trouble sleeping. She was on the verge of losing her job.
That night when she got home from work, her aunt (who was raising her) told her that the weirdest thing happened. She stated that an old broken clock in the basement kept gonging and gonging and wouldn't stop until she put it on the floor and stomped on it. My cousin took this as a sign from the boyfriend and it helped her to get over her grief.
In 1983 my mother died on Christmas Eve. In January I was going over her belongings (she lived with me) and decided to put her alarm clock in my den. It had a lighted dial and I thought it would be good to keep on top of the TV (this was before tvs displayed the time at a push of a button).
That night I had a dream, but it was really early in the am (still dark) and the dream consisted of me standing in darkness and a voice telling me I had psychic powers and to use them. At first I was scared and refused the "gift", the voice was persistent and so I agreed to having them. People started to appear in my dream and I ran up to each one telling them of my gift. Then a loud scary sound started, I woke up and still heard it and realized it was my mother's alarm clock going off.
I got out of bed, went into the den to turn off the alarm button. This old clock had the pin in the back that you pulled out to let it ring and push in to turn it off. BUT when I tried to push it in I realized it was already pushed in, the alarm was set to go off at 8 am and it was only 3:59. I then realized that it was "mom" saying hi. Instead I yanked the cord out of the wall to make it stop.
Years later in the 90's, after I moved to Florida, my daughter had the alarm clock sitting on her tv and on Christmas Eve one of those years it ran again and the pin was not pulled out at that time either.
The clock is wrapped up in a box in storage now.