My Family Ghost Story

My Family Ghost Story

Christian Einshøj’s mother mentioned the ghost in passing. Had her nonchalance on the matter not given her son pause, she might never have mentioned the haunting again. Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/588382/haunted/

“She described the encounter not as something unpleasant, but rather a welcome distraction,” Einshøj told me. “That immediately struck me as interesting. What kind of person would welcome a visit from the dead? Certainly, someone who had experienced a great loss.”

“Haunted” was directed by Christian Einshøj. It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators, curated by The Atlantic.

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45 Comments

  1. Debbie Lee on July 13, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    This was a very good video. Your mother seems like a very kind and aware person.I believe her story 100%. The more we think we know of this earth and all it’s dimensions the less we seem to really know. In fact, we know so little for all the centuries our species have existed on this planet. Thank you for sharing this film with us. Lots of love from Texas.❤️



  2. John Akridge on July 13, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Shes a lovely woman.



  3. Amanda Sirois on July 13, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Shame on her sons. I’m actually disgusted by the fact they don’t visit their mom for those reasons. Truly sad and pathetic tbh



  4. Alba Gonzalez on July 13, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Imagine losing one of your 4 sons that you raised with very much love and care, just to have the remaining 3 not want to be around you due to your everlasting grief over said son. I’m sorry but that is f*cked up. She is clearly still suffering and getting no support when she needs it most from her children. What a shame, I hope she finds light and happiness.



  5. Ryandernis Ng on July 13, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    Ah pu nehneh



  6. Rosey Chapman on July 13, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Why are y’all like this toward your Mother, I don’t understand.



  7. Catherine Burke on July 13, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Really sad.



  8. Samantha Ghost on July 13, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    I feel bad for her, both of her sons seem to be awfully rude and dismissive of anything she says. So what if she likes to tell stories she heard on the news? Is it so hard to just be respectful of other people’s feelings, especially their own mother? She tells him what she experienced and he laughs at her and says she might as well have seen Santa? She’s probably better off with the ghost



  9. Masha Bougrine on July 13, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    12:45 why does she look the same age at brothers birth as in the present film, not Sure this isn’t fiction
    Sorry , don’t mean anything , maybe I’m wrong , but the lady seems the same age with the newborn,



  10. megan basini on July 13, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    You should be ashamed not seeing or talking much to your mother. One day you will regret that.



  11. Shelly G on July 13, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Bad sons



  12. Goat Warrior on July 13, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    The Atlantic is absolute garbage.



  13. TheMadamem81 on July 13, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    She’s a lovely lady …you just want to give her a huge hug …its a shame that her boys are so distant with her ..i just feel like yealing at them « common guys a call everyday and a visit every sunday it wont hurt you and it would mean the world for her chop chop man’up!! »…and the fact that she care about missing person or tragedy its probably that she can relate to the pain of loosing someone …im happy i got to know her …im gonna call me mum tmrw



  14. Lana Lee on July 13, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    When the son used the excuse of “promised dinner” at his own home while he is with his mother he rarely sees..my heart broke for her. What an absurd thing to say.
    I tried to like this. It wasn’t a film about your mother. It was a film about YOU and how you view your mother. You didn’t even begin to scratch the surface because your ego and child angst was in the way.
    Your mother has many, many levels and it seems like you’re stuck on just one.
    I hope you and your brothers get over yourselves and love the woman that has loved you your whole lives.



  15. Litza Beers on July 13, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    Sadly that you mom already lost a child then she brought you to this world gave what she could of her to you, and you treated her so cold. You are a selfish ungrateful son.



  16. Metal Buddha Head on July 13, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    In 30 mins, myself and many others were able to tell that you suck as a son… And probably not a good person in general…



  17. Angieghost UFORick on July 13, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    BOO I love ghost stories



  18. Mary Simcox on July 13, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    beautful biography. moving.



  19. Kat C. on July 13, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    You take everything she does so personally. I think you should calm down and be nicer to her. You will regret it when she’s gone.



  20. Dave McPherson on July 13, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Im finding it very hard to tofind the story here



  21. Lefemme2 on July 13, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Ghosts (residual or intelligent) and or spirits are a matter of physics and not in the imagination.



  22. DamagingSilver on July 13, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    I never believed anything until around I was 19 and suddenly after 5 years of living in my apartment this huge black shadow appeared in office chair and it stared at me I couldn’t bear to look back at it but after that I was so paranoid I kept a light on for the next 6 months day and night
    Nothing like that ever happened again
    I did however have this crazy dream in real time where I was rich and only 15 minutes had passed in real life
    I know this because I thought I was late for work
    I woke up then fell back asleep 10 minutes later instantly and I had this "vision" like real time dream
    Another bedroom huge house
    Woke up for real and it was all a dream I thought I might have "glitched" and got "stuck" in this dream world
    That’s how sudden it was



  23. Tia Tokkesdal on July 13, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    You seem miserable



  24. Jojo Bermy on July 13, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    He captured her love and devotion for her deceased son. Who can recover from something like that. But what he probably didn’t realize is he captured him and his brother lack of empathy and love for their mother. Very selfish. I’ve read comments on here they will have a void when their parents are gone. I don’t think so. If they don’t feel the void now that they are alive and do not acknowledge them how will that change when they are actually gone.



  25. Skully 007 on July 13, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    She saw what she saw in that fleeting moment. Just because there was nobody else around to see it, that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Just like a thought, just because nobody else saw it, it doesn’t mean it didn’t occur.



  26. John Akridge on July 13, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    That man doesn’t believe his own mother for what she saw with her own eyes. What a fool



  27. Choco doggy on July 13, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    What a beautiful loving and carrying Mom you have! Such an empathic and caring soul she has! I couldn’t hold back tears when Kristopher passed on. I just felt so bad for your Mother losing him. She was so caring and loving to him as well as you. I for one believe your Mom seeing the ghost. There’s too much evidence out now to discount it. Your one brother that says they don’t exist sounds very ignorant and childish. Just because he is scared of ghosts and chooses to live in a fantasy world to say, "Since I don’t want to believe in them then they don’t exist". Sad that he thinks it’s the same as Santa Clause.The only one that seems to be living in a fantasy world is your brother that thinks ghosts don’t exist because he can’t handle reality and truth. Another thing is he lives one hour away and see’s your Mom less than you. Pretty sad to not show a little more respect for such a Beautiful woman that raised and gave birth to him. I really enjoyed your film about your Mom, it just shows what a Great Woman and Mom she really was and is still. I hope you decide to spend more time with her. Don’t forget that she gave birth to you and kept you safe and protected so that you can live the life that you have now. I think it was sweet of you to make a film about her and I’m sure it made her really happy that her Son took the time to do this project.



  28. Brian Cleary on July 13, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    You guys can put up with her stories what ever they may be I’m sure she put up with your shit for years plus there will be a time when you won’t be able to see her don’t waist what time you have



  29. CC Turner on July 13, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Very nice film. I’m sorry for the disconnect you and your brothers feel with her. I imagine the household revolved around the grief over the loss of your youngest brother for years (maybe still?) Tough memories to look back on. We all really only are where we are and there are two people in each relationship. So in a perfect world a person would just accept the parent who didn’t meet their needs and start again with the relationship. But it just isn’t that easy, is it? My husband (then three) experienced the death of his brother at birth. I will be honest in saying if his mother didn’t call him, he would never speak to her. Incredibly complicated. Perhaps the only folks who get to judge you and your brothers or offer suggestions are the ones with distant and disengaged parents! That really hurts and is so hard to get over on a primal level. Somehow your needs weren’t met. Absolutely stinks to feel invisible…

    Still, good video. Don’t write ghosts off too soon! They are more real and complex than we are. And if you don’t want to be attached to your mother indefinitely, forgive her completely! Just saying…



  30. Ryandernis Ng on July 13, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Kukubird delicious



  31. M G on July 13, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    LMAOO just start a groupchat with her and send silly memes if you don’t like weekly calls. This guy really thinks communicating with his mom is so hard. Cry me a river.



  32. martin ruffley on July 13, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    I am glad you spent time with your Ma ,cause you only have 1 mother God bless her what a lovely person ,its sad when you move away keep her close to your heart and Rem ,we re here for only a short time ,not forever ,,good man .



  33. zaklina nokovic on July 13, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Regardless of whether or not she has seen a ghost, yr brothers and you should be ashamed of yourself! Take care of yr mum, call her visit her !!! Its not like you live in micronesia and can visit her every 10 years! Maybe y see yr behackte when y have yr own child!



  34. Kathy O'Rourke on July 13, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    She’s not there. She’s always looking somewhere else.



  35. teresa smith on July 13, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    I AM DISGUSTED WITH THE SON PEOPLE GO MISSING WAY TO MUCH. SHE IS A REALISTIC NOT IN FANTISY LAND. SHAME ON THE SON AND HIS BROTHER FOR NOT VISITING.



  36. rick jones on July 13, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    The film maker shoud give mom a break-there is nothing more devastating than the death of one’s child.It forms the remainder of your life.



  37. Lucky Tiwari on July 13, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    ,



  38. Lynn Gronnow on July 13, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    So sad the little boy died he was adorable



  39. Mimiauz on July 13, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Your mom was first traumatized by your brother’s death. When you walked out of her life, she was traumatized again. She’s lonely and she misses her children. No wonder she’s seeing ghosts.



  40. zyxmyk on July 13, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    for many years my mother-in-law and her husband lived in a house together. more years before that his first wife had killed herself in the garage of the house. we visited the house many, many times with our children and did everything in the house normal people do and felt nothing, experienced nothing. finally my mother-in-law”s husband died and she eventually moved away and died herself. Our niece then moved into the house and began having parties with other people in their twenties where they did a lot of drinking. one day my wife came into my room and shut the door and told me that the house in question, according to our niece, was haunted. several times in the dead of night, with her bedroom door shut, she heard someone come walking up the hallway from the back bedroom. significantly, her dog also heard it and stood up on her bed with a "what in the hell is that?" reaction. the lady who killed herself in the house had been an alcoholic. my daughter told me her belief was that it was the drinking of alcohol and extreme partying in the house that stirred the ghost from its state of dormancy although the truth is no one knows what makes a haunting start or stop.



  41. Lovebug7 on July 13, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Didn’t see his mom forten years big nono



  42. Kandi Wolfe on July 13, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    As a mom who has (still am ) suffered the loss of one of your children, l know the daily pain, numbness , confusion and terror your mother goes thru. I do not know any parent(s) that have ever thought of this happening …..who would want that kind of a thought in their mind?!? My son, Tyler, died from SIDS at just two-and-a-half -months old , 27 years ago this past September. He left behind a five year old brother, Logan (32 yrs.) and never met his little sister Angelynn (26 yrs) . On his 18th birthday, as lbwas preparing to bake his cake, he popped-in and whispered in my ear, " I love you, Mom." I cannot tell you the joy and agony l felt at that moment, nor would l ever want another parent to know this pain as it is gut-wrenching and changes you forever. My heart goes out to all who have suffered the loss of a child……



  43. Esther Jacob on July 13, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    He’s weird filming his mother in the bathroom that’s private my sons would never come into the bath room while I’m doing women’s things



  44. MsParisandrea on July 13, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    This gave me a pang of sadness. I hope my children don’t leave me like that.



  45. Greg MacDonald on July 13, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    The son is a disrespectful idiot in my opinion.