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Ashes kept in the house: is a ghost more likely to be present?

Ashes kept in the house is a ghost more likely to be present?

Ashes kept in the house is a ghost more likely to be present? If you keep ashes inside your house is this is more likely to retain the ghost of that individual or attract other ghosts in the vicinity?

So, we have two conflicting opinions to this question:

  1. Those who think a ghost is less likely to be present:

There are several dimensions spirits can go to but, not all can find their way home, no one dies at the cemetery, they generally stay attached to people, places or things they never wanted to leave. So communicating with the dead has nothing to do with where their bodies or ashes are, ashes in the home just make you feel closer to them.


And many respondents had a similar view

2. Those who think a ghost is more likely to be present

It’s like their bones in a grave yard, they are still attached to it in a sense because it’s something personal of theirs. 

Spirits transcend to many dimensions yes, but they can travel back within a flash. Whatever dimension they transcend to, they cannot advance to a higher one until they earn it….every dimension is another transitional stage that they have to go through depending on their belief….some spirits transcend straight to heaven while others are trapped between the third and forth, and others above that. I know my grandmother went straight to heaven, and my Cousin went just above the forth dimension. How do I know this, because they communicated this to other family members, and my grandmother did die twice, she said she was walking in heaven with Jesus the first time, so I know she went to heaven the second time, and my dead Cousin started speaking out to his wife at the grave stone, he said that he was on another plain, and that our grandmother came to visit him from a higher dimension, and that she looked younger and thinner, that he didn’t recognize her at first. Erica that use to come and visit me at times daily was from a very high dimension, why I had a hard time seeing her features, the higher up the faster the vibration.

Also in the YES camp…this was taken from the Ghosts and Spirits Blog Spot, Rob Gutro, who is a published author on the subject – Pets and the Afterlife.

Ghosts are earth-bound and usually stuck to the places they choose to dwell. Spirits (human or pets) who cross over into the light, however, can come back to earth and visit their loved ones any time they have something to say. Having their ashes in the house gives the spirits something to be drawn to. He rationalises this by explaining that ghosts are raw energy and the ashes retain some of that energy which then attracts the ghosts.


So in conclusion taking a balance of opinions it looks like a ghost is more likely to present if ashes are in the house. However, I think that your own opinion has a weight here.

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22 thoughts on “Ashes kept in the house is a ghost more likely to be present?

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    Death - 25th April 2020

    There are no ghosts. In my belief system we believe that all living are in actuality spirits not the flesh. So to differentiate spirit from the flesh is rather naive and silly system of beliefs that many false religions tend to hold on to.

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    Marie - 10th December 2019


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      Richard Martin - 10th December 2019

      I appreciate that the ashes of someone’s deceased partner might be disconcerting. As to whether there is a spirit attached and this is both malevolent and causing an impact is, to my mind, doubtful. It is more likely to be circumstance and bad luck.

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        Lisa - 24th February 2020

        Hiya I recently lost my uncal about 2 years ago I am trying to connect with him again I’ve got his Ashe’s with me placed on my heart I’m just wondering if having his Ashe’s with me if there is more chance of getting frew to him

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          Richard Martin - 25th February 2020

          I am afraid I am not qualified in this area. Presumably a clairvoyant may be the right person to approach. Although I don’t know anything about this.

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    Taylor wilson - 20th November 2019

    my dad passed away in August of 2013 and want to know if he is here with me we were watching dancing with the stars the other night and this couple danced to Whitney Houstons I will always love you and I raised my hand and I looked up and felt my dads hand against mine so was just curious if he is still here with me

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      Richard Martin - 21st November 2019

      Dear Taylor
      Thank you for sharing. Honestly, I don’t know. We all experience loss differently. And no one can say with absolute certainty what awaits us. I do hope you found comfort in his presence.
      Best wishes

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    Nisa Alvarez - 27th September 2019

    So i have a question. My daughter was killed back in 2014. I never got closure as in her cause of death. Her father had her creamated and we had split the ashes. Since then ive been smelling rotten meat roam around my home. I relocated across the country and i still smell it. I still have her ashes in my room and on a charm necklace i take everywhere. Is she trying to communicate with me?

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      Richard Martin - 30th September 2019

      Dear Nisa
      I am sorry to hear this. I have never heard of ashes causing a smell and I would suspect that the ashes are not the cause in this case either. One way to test is to remove the ashes for a while, place them in different safe location and see if the smell still persists.
      Kind regards

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      Jerry Smith - 9th October 2019

      My dad passed in 2017 and i smell burned tobacco cause my dads ashes are in my front room, but if i take his ashes out and salt my doorways and then take his ashes back in, the smell is gone. It only last about three days though

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    Marci - 29th June 2019

    My best friend died I have her ashes in my front room. However with her belongs I got her moms ashes to. She been up stairs for about 5 years. She was not a positive person and had some mental disorders. I have been in chronic pain go 19
    Years and 2 recent more surgeries. However I just realized how much my health has gone down in the last 5 years. Something inside me keeps telling me to get rid of my best friends moms ashes. They were never close and had a bad relationship. What do you think?

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      Richard Martin - 4th July 2019

      Dear Marci
      I am afraid I am unable give direct guidance in such matters. One thought might be to reunite the ashes with a relative? If there is no relative to pass them on to, the decision is yours and if you do decide to scatter then it may well be wise to contact one of her friends to help and advise.

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    Vicky gartshore - 6th June 2019

    I want to know if my dogs spirit is with me he was 2 and a half years old when he died 5 weeks ago me and my partner are a mess I cry every day and all we want is to be with him again

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      Richard Martin - 6th June 2019

      Dear Vicky
      I am not qualified to answer that, however losing a pet can be extremely traumatic – this page is extremely helpful https://mypetsashes.co.uk/advice/pet-bereavement-coping-loss-pet/
      I hope this helps
      Kind regards

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    Roxanne - 2nd July 2018

    Will the spirit of your dogs come into the house if you have their ashes for over a year even if you have your 4 pets ashes side by side on a cabinet and their stuff with them on the cabinet?

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    Li Nanao - 2nd April 2018

    A few things- it’s extremely uncommon for a dog to have a heart attack. I asked my vet when my dog passed suddenly. I have ashes in my home and am a “sensitive” unfortunately. I say un fortunately because it isn’t somthing I welcome but runs in my family. I’ve never felt someone’s presence in a home just because their ashes were present and they won’t attract other spirits into your home. It’s true it is a personal artifact of that person but so is an item they loved like a pipe, doll, gun etc. That is more likely to cause that spirit to attach or attract to it. I’ve walked into empty homes and felt unpleasant energy including airforce hospitals. So don’t fear having ashes. I would not keep the ashes of someone I didn’t love dearly and who wasn’t a positive person. Negative energy is bad. Just scatter or entomb them. If you feel something that makes you un easy…burn dried sage u every room of your house. I keep my dog’s ashes on my book case in my room with some of them sewn into a stuffed animal of his likeness..including his fur..a lock of my hair and a drop of blood. I don’t advise you do this with a human….but with pet it’s fine. It can bring you comfort and help you to feel close with them. I suggest if just having a loved ones ashes in your home freaks you out even a little then don’t keep them. I hope that helps some…and stay AWAY from ouija boards and spirit, communication devices

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    Colleen Cade - 8th February 2018

    My dog had a heart attack and passed away. I had him 13 years. I had him cremated. I’m getting his ashes today. I thought I felt his presence but now I dont. Is he here with me? I’m hoping it’s not just wishful thinking?
    Colleen Cade

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      Karen Martin - 9th February 2018

      I’m so sorry to hear about your dog Colleen. We have a free Pet Bereavement Guide on our sister site My Pets Ashes that you might find useful, all you need to do is to fill in your address on this form and we’ll pop one in the post. Take care, Karen https://www.mypetsashes.co.uk/pet-bereavement/pet-bereavement-guide/

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    Gregory Russell - 29th December 2017

    I have cremated remains of both my uncle, and my grandmother, in my home. I also have necklace charms with my grandmothers cremains. It was both of their wishes, in life, to be cremated, and to be in my care. I also have cremation remains (considered to be a Buddhist artifact; I am a Buddhist) of a Buddhist Holy man, in my home (to sit with other Buddhist holy objects). All are kept in complete respect, and given my care for them. There is nothing to fear by keeping human cremains. It is true, these cremains are a beacon for their spirits, but not meant to distract or imprison their souls. These family cremains may be scattered at sea in the future, if it is the wish of my mother (she keeps the other half of both family members). Eventually, these cremains would have no meaning to future generations, so scattering into the sea, where life originated from, is a beautiful reunion. Don’t fall into all the fear, ans supernatural nonsense; If you are contemplating such a question, you know the answer is found within your heart. Go with your heart.

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      Richard Martin - 3rd January 2018

      Thank you for that Gregory, a great answer from a Buddhist perspective – thank you so much

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    Tracey Morrison - 19th December 2017

    I just have a question if you open the urn of your loved one will there spirit leave your house and you .

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      Richard Martin - 19th December 2017

      It depends on your belief system, eastern religions tend to think the spirit stays with the ashes until the a cleansed in water (a little simplistic perhaps). Other might suggest the spirit will stay associated with a place and therefore the presence of the ashes is not that critical, therefore simply opening the urn will not ‘release’ the spirit. This is obviously open to interpretation.

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