Oh, what a cool post! :D If you google it, you can find some *fascinating* stories from *very* young children about just this topic. I mean, specificity and things that they are way too young to understand or be "making up". Very, very different from the play stories that children come up with on their own.
I always counted reincarnation as a sort of possibility (just because I rather hate to rule anything out unless I can prove it one way or another, lol!), but the sheer volume of stories from these 2,3,4 year old children really pushed that rather vague possibility into something that I consider to be a very real one.
I don't remember anything specifically, but I've always been fascinated (like from very, very young...) with late Victorian/Edwardian period in England, and the corresponding turn of the last century in the US. :)
I also completely agree with Kinetic about the "ether" as he calls it. I've had animals my entire life, and horses for almost twenty years. There's a distinct difference when an animal is put down, or dies suddenly, rather than those who die on their own either of old-age or an illness. There's something that hangs around for a bit afterwards, you can literally feel it. The best that I can describe is like when you're in a room, sitting with your back to the door, and someone, silently, walks into the room. You don't hear anything, they don't say anything...but you suddenly sense that they're there. It's like that...only stronger. They always seem to figure out how to go to whatever comes next, but it's like there's a little time of "Oh, wait a minute..." for them between Here and There. :)
I've had others hang around to say good-bye. :)
Kinetic, do you think that it could possibly be that it's only the ones that you remember wherein you died violently? That perhaps there could have been others wherein you died peacefully, but the relative tranquility of that has caused the other, sharper, violent memories to be more prevalent/at the surface?
Finn, I think it would be fun in some ways to be an animal. :) I'm not sure that I'd appreciate the lack of control over my fate in some ways...but there are always upsides and downsides to any opportunity. :)