Death is a process similar to birth and just as birth takes time, typically forty weeks from conception, death also
When physical death has occurred, the energy of that physical body or vessel must be integrated into the core or spiritual essence of the individual, whether the vessel is categorized as human, animal, or vegetation. For the human being this includes the energy of all memories (intellectual and emotional) of the current life experience, both joyful and painful. It is during this integration that the energetic vibration of the spirit is elevated from physical to spiritual and falls into resonance with the spiritual planes of existence, but during the process some spirits may stagnate and refuse to complete the integration and elevation becoming stuck or bound to an energetic vibration that is between the physical and spiritual planes of reality; these spirits are referred to as earthbound spirits.
An earthbound spirit is simply a human spirit that has not completed the death process and has become suspended between the physical and non-physical. This interruption happens for a number of reasons the most common being that the spirit chooses to remain connected to the physical plane because they feel a responsibility or obligation to someone or something still living in or aligned with the physical realm. If the living relatives or friends are reluctant to release the spirit of the deceased this can strengthen the bond and keep the spirit bound to them. Often times this occurs because the living are afraid of being without the deceased, or are angry at them, or may hold resentment; all of which are emotions that are not only experienced when grieving, but can also unintentionally feed the energy of the spirit and support the attachment to the physical realm. Unresolved issues, addiction, sudden, unexpected, or traumatic physical deaths may cause the spirit to stagnate while integrating their energies.
If the spirit chooses to suspend the death process and remain bound to the physical realm the living may purposefully communicate with the spirit through a Spirit Medium or through the use of divination tools such as; Spirit Boards, scrying mirrors, Tarot cards, and pendulums. Unintended encounters with earthbound spirits may manifest as hauntings, however if a spirit remains earthbound and is seeking a resolution to an unresolved issue, but none can be found then drastic measures may be required to force the spirit through the death process. In such situations a banishing or exorcism should be attempted by a qualified Spirit Medium or Witch.