I actually stumbled upon this post as I did a search for what seeing a dark monk like figure meant. I was telling my friend about what I saw and she told me that her mother has also seen this and it was the grim reaper. My Aunt died in Oct. I am not sure if this happened before her death. My mom died on January 29th and it was surely before her death. This happened to me in Oct, Nov or Dec. I will never forget this experience - trust me. I did forget the date.
I had gone to my kitchen to get a can of soda. I crossed the den and was walking in the living room towards my room. I was most certainly awake. There was only a dim lamp on in the room. This was not a dream. In front of me was a brown hooded figure. A light chestnut colored robe. This is how vivid it was to me. It was just there. About an arm's length ahead of me. It had a rope type belt, also brown. I did not see any thing except his back. Noticed most clearly his rounded hood. He did not seem to know I was there - if he did, he was ignoring me. It seemed to glide very fast. Not quite touching the floor. It was about my height. A little shorter. I am 5'7. He was not bulky. Not a huge flowing robe. His robe was loose but form fitted enough that I would call him thin. I feel it was a him. I did not see anything in his arms but as it rounded the corner, I felt I could she a roundness where an arm was crossed in front of him. I saw only robe. No arm. He guilded quickly across the room. I mean fast. Sped and I do mean sped around the corner towards my daughter's room. Her door was mostly closed. I do not know if it entered the room or dissapeared before entering the room. When I turned the corner - I had to follow it. My daughter was in that room. It was gone. I thought maybe it was my son playing a joke. I knew this was stupid as he could not move like this, and why dressed so oddly. I was just grabbing at things in my mind. I made myself open the door and turn on the light. My heart was racing. Nothing there. Only my daughter sleeping.
I have alwaysconsidered myself sensitive. I am a genealogist and have sensed deceased people guiding me in my searches. But this was not ancestors. I do not think it was evil or demonic. I just know I did not like seeing it. Have never actually seen anything before. I do not want to see him again.