“Those who know ghosts tell us that they long to be released from their ghost
            life and led to rest as ancestors. As ancestors, they live forth in the present
            generation, while as ghosts they are compelled to haunt the present generation
            with their shadow life.”[1]

In response to my dreaming that my mother was a ghost, my therapist started talking to me about Sigmund Freud and, by extension, Hans Leowald. My understanding of my therapist’s explanation was that Freud considered parents as other beings, separate from their children, in their children’s minds, until they (their children) begin to take on the ideals of their parents. With the death of the parents, children begin to embody their parents, as if their ghosts are dead.

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