Old Wives Tales of Death — Our Haunted Heritage

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1860 Mrs. Howe

BIRD
A bird in the house is a sign of a death. If a robin flies into a room through a window, death will shortly follow.
CORPSE
If a woman is buried in black, she will return to haunt the family. If a dead person’s eyes are left open, he’ll find someone to take with him. Mirrors in a house with a corpse should be covered or the person who sees himself will die next.
DOG
Dogs howling in the dark of night, Howl for death before daylight.
DREAMS
If you dream of death it’s a sign of a birth, if you dream of birth, it’s a sign of death. If you touch a loved one who has died, you won’t have dreams about them

DYING
A person who dies on Good Friday will go right to heaven. A person who dies at midnight on Christmas Eve will go straight to heaven because the gates of heaven are open at that time. All windows should be opened at the moment of death so that the soul can leave. The soul of a dying person can’t escape the body and go to heaven if any locks are locked in the house.

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EYE
If the left eye twitches there will soon be a death in the family. If a dead person’s eyes are left open, he’ll find someone to take with him.

FUNERAL
Funerals on Friday portend another death in the family during the year. It’s bad luck to count the cars in a funeral cortege. It’s bad luck to meet a funeral procession head on. Thunder following a funeral means that the dead person’s soul has reached heaven. Nothing new should be worn to a funeral, especially new shoes. Pointing at a funeral procession will cause you to die within the month Pregnant women should not attend funerals.

GRAVE
If the person buried lived a good life, flowers will grow on the grave. If the person was evil, weeds will grow.

MIRROR
If a mirror in the house falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will die soon.

MOTH
A white moth inside the house or trying to enter the house means death.

PHOTOGRAPH
If 3 people are photographed together, the one in the middle will die first.

THIRTEEN
If 13 people sit down at a table to eat, one of them will die before the year is over.

UMBRELLA
Dropping an umbrella on the floor means that there will be a murder in the house.

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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