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It is believed in some cultures that when someone passes away, the window to the room they reside in should be opened to allow the spirit to move on. Some also believe the opposite in order to reframe from allowing the soul to leave.
It is said that clocks should be stopped at the time one dies so to not bring bad luck upon the home.
Should a bird hit your window it either stands for a death soon to come or a death has already occurred.
7. Thirteen People
Should thirteen people sit at a table together, it is believed that one member will pass on before the year is through.
One should not criticize or bad-mouth someone who has passed on or else their spirit will haunt you. I side with the ghostie on this one. Like if you talk smack after someone passed, you better believe they’ll be back to put you in your place!
Cover your mouth when you yawn so spirits cannot enter your body. Or because ya know, it’s common courtesy.
It is believed by some that seeing an owl during the day is a bad omen and foreshadows a death soon to come.
In many older cultures and religion rituals, coins are placed over the eyes of the deceased in order to keep the eyelids closed. Ancient Romans as well as the Greek believed it was to pay the ferryman, meanwhile many British believed it was for St. Peter (History UK). I remember is in a Christmas Carol when Jacob Marley dies, they place two coins over his eyes and Scrooge takes them because ‘he wouldn’t be needing them.’ Or because like ‘they’d go to waste.’ I clearly don’t remember the exact line but ya.
2. Three Knocks
Should you hear three knocks and no source of the sounds it means death is coming or someone you know has died. It also symbolizes the idea that death comes in threes.
It is believed in certain cultures and religions that mirrors must be covered when someone in the house passes away. This is done so the soul can pass properly onto the afterlife and not get stuck in the reflection of the mirror. It is even believed that if one should look in a mirror after someone has passed away within the home, they will be seen sanding behind one’s shoulder.