Beloved Uncle Harry dies and you wake up at night to see him at the foot of your bed. It is midnight. You look at the clock and get a sense of worry. You call your sister across country where it's 3 a.m. and she is aghast. She had just woken up from him visiting her minutes ago, just when you saw him.
With regards to the dead, perhaps we are too linear in assuming that because they had one body, their soul also can only be in one location. Why would it? There are no "limits" and "parameters" on the vessel for the soul any longer as it is in this limited dimension.
One repeated thing we hear from those who have near-death experiences (NDEs) is that they went to another location. My own father described a fiord where he met his family that had passed on. He also came back saying "that" was the "real" world and "this" was the "false" world. It had colors that don't exist, flowers that don't exist. It was a feeling of coming home and complete acceptance like we 3-dimensional human beings cannot experience for any period of time with the limitation of our existence in this physical plane and sense of separateness.
The concept that souls get trapped in places is not necessarily a logical explanation. There is no reason why the soul of the deceased couldn't be both listening to you at her graveside as you leave flowers, sitting by her favorite stream, seeing what's up with her brother--all at the same time.
Investigators go to a haunted locale and say that the woman in white had been grieving her man who died and wandering the halls for hundreds of years in search of him, but she is not physical. She cannot be trapped or even confused that she is dead. Did she also lose her logic when she passed and is a simpleton now? Would she not know that her man has also has passed? If one believes in the God concept, why would He allow a person's soul to be unaccounted for, confused or not in His eternal kingdom?
This woman in white may be seen there, but she might also be seen in many other locations, as well, all the places that perhaps were of meaning to her OR the other possibility is we are not seeing her ghostly apparition, but a residual replaying of a past experience she had there recorded in the environment.
There are a lot of old-fashioned notions that people perpetuate in the ghost realm and one of the most prevalent and illogical is that souls are trapped. For certain, we know that recordings of past events can be caught in a sensory loop, but that is not necessarily soul-associated. Try as you might, you will not get a response from "residual" hauntings.
If one believes in the efficacy of seances and Ouija, then spirits coming to a place, any place we call on them, would be possible. The whole concept of spirits leaving bodies would be to enable them to freely move about without the physicality and rules of this physical plane that we must abide by. The closest a human gets to knowing what this spiritual voyage is like is during astral projection - an upcoming post on this blog.