I have seen the grim reaper on four occasions and within minutes to months of seeing him/it, someone died, either in the place I saw him or a person I was acquainted with or knew well.
Perhaps it was a fear of someone dying or understanding of the inevitable, or perhaps I saw him in a dangerous place and subconsciously conjured the apparition. In any case, it is a little creepy but somewhat consoling. I am not morbid nor do I think that a person dying is in any way consoling, but death is a part of life and the foresight thereof is something of a blessing because I am reminded to be kind not just to those I love and care for, but to everyone because this may be their last day on Earth.
For whatever the reason I perceive the Reaper, I feel both blessed and burdened that I do.