My grandfather died from complications of having a stroke about ten years ago. After having the stroke he was unable use the left side of his body. He spent the last year of his life living with family members. He would spend a month at my house and then the next month at my cousin's house.
Because of the stroke, my grandfather sometimes lost control of his urine and bowel movements. When my grandfather lived at my house, we would always reserve a set of blankets and pillows for him. After his death, we packed all his belonging into the basement.
Two years after my grandfather died, my brother-in-law and other family members came to visit us. My sister was in charge of finding enough blankets and pillows for the guest. She went down the basement and found my grandfather's blankets and pillows. She had forgotten that they belonged to my grandfather and retrieved them for the guest.
The lucky person who got my grandfather's blankets and pillows was my brother in law. That night he slept on the sofa in the living room. The next morning when I woke up at 7am, I noticed that my brother in law was already awake. I asked him "did you sleep well" and he responded "not really".
My brother in law stated that he slept pretty well until about 4 or 5 in the morning when he was awakened by some slight knocking and rubbing at the doors to the bedrooms of the house (my house is a ranch and the bedrooms are attached to a hall in front of the living room). He could tell that the rubbing was coming from the farthest bedroom door down the hall and he just ignored it. Then the rubbing moved to the next bedroom door and he thought to himself that this was strange. Finally it went to the bedroom door just in front of the living room.
Sunrise was just beginning to set in and my brother in law said he could see the living room area very clearly. What he saw next would forever change his mind about ghosts. What he saw was an unknown old man standing in the hallway looking at him. He tried to get up but his body felt heavy and weak. He tried to yell out but all that came out were whispers. He tried to convince himself that it was just a shadow but in his mind he knew what it was.
The old man walked into the living room to where my brother-in-law was sleeping and stood next to him. My brother-in-law next felt his head being slightly lifted and the pillow being tugged at by an unknown force (my brother-in-law did not feel hands or fingers). It was at this time that my brother-in-law began screaming at the top of his lungs (in his mind).
What came out were a series of grunts that were heard by another family member who was sleeping on the other sofa in the living room. That other family member yelled out to ask if my brother-in-law was okay. At that exact moment the pressure lifting his head disappeared and the old man standing next to him dissolved into the air.
My brother-in-law remembers everything very clearly that morning and remembers even seeing the other family member getting up and calling out to see if he was okay. I showed my brother-in-law our family photo album book and he confirmed that the person he saw was my grandfather (my brother-in-law never met my grandfather when he was alive). I feel bad for what happened to my brother in law and feel bad that he now refuses to spend another night in my house.