If you have a vision of your grandfather just before he passes away, you have seen a wraith or a ghostly image. Wraith can also mean something thin, wispy, or ghost-like.

You could call a wisp of smoke rising from a chimney a wraith or you could say that a sick aunt had been reduced to a wraith — a thin, ghostly, figure. Sometimes it's even a compliment, which shows how we idealize wraith-like fashion models. Wraith is of unknown origins, and there aren't any other words related to it.

Definitions of wraith
  1. noun
    a mental representation of some haunting experience
    synonyms: ghost, shade, specter, spectre, spook
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    type of:
    apparition, fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow
    something existing in perception only
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