Hi everyone! Happy Halloween! I hope you’re having a great day! I recently wrote a story about contacting the dead for What’s Up Weekly. Since it ties in with Halloween and even #RomanticTuesday, I want to share it with you. Do you believe in contacting the dead? Do you have any experience with it? Please feel free to leave comments…if you dare! Feel free to check out What’s Up Weekly for other great stories about Halloween and Day of the Dead.
Locals find closure by contacting the dead
By Lisa Amaya
Cultures throughout the world regard this time of year as a time to connect with deceased loved ones. Most well known, of course, is All Hallows Eve, a time when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest.
Local psychic medium Dolores Whitaker said she’s helped people contact their loved ones for six years. What was once feared as a child is now seen as a gift to help grieving clients.
“People come to me for various reasons,” Whitaker said. “They want closure. They want to know why a loved one’s death was sudden. Some have a deep fear of their loved one being hurt or being stuck somewhere unsafe.”
Aside from contacting the departed, she also does cleansings and what’s known as past-life regressions – a guided hypnosis that believers say walks them through their former lives in order to help them through their current ones.
Spiritual counselor Diana Calamia said she’s helped her clients reach their dead loved ones for nearly 32 years.
“Our loved ones contact us using the five senses,” Calamia said. “For example, one (spirit) might get in bed with them. They might be able to smell them. When my mother passed away, we smelled smoke in the living room.”
When asked if the smell of smoke scared her, Calamia said, “I’m more afraid of the living than the dead.”
Calamia warned that using a Ouija board can bring in poltergeists or noisy ghosts, along with negative situations and spirits.
Many believe that connecting with the dead brings the opportunity to heal. Briana Salas said she reached out to her late husband twice with Whitaker’s help. Salas wanted to contact him because his death was sudden. What she told her husband’s family about their connection helped put them at ease during his rosary, she said.
“It’s been an amazing experience with Dolores,” Salas said. “It was like I was talking to him. He was the love of my life and my best friend.”
During her time with her, Salas said she knew Whitaker reached him because of the comments, sense of humor and mannerisms she picked up on. The couple even joked around about making pottery together like in the movie “Ghost.”
El Paso artist and Dreadful Things owner Francella Salgado said she’s had her fair share of spirit connections. If you ever visit her shop – located at what used to be a home around 100 years ago at 2226 Montana Ave. – don’t be surprised if you encounter any spirits, Salgado said. She’s seen random incense smoke in the air and a small boy she refers to as Joseph.
Through Whitaker, Salgado said she contacted a former Indian chief who passed away five or six years ago.
“I love him so much; he was family to me,” Salgado said. “I was thinking of him for a while and knew it was him. This sh*t is real.”
“None of this stuff scares me at all,” she added. “I embrace it and welcome it. I cried my eyes out and became emotional when I knew it was him.”
Salgado participates in Danza Azteca Omecoatl, a group that does indigenous dance ceremonies and both private and public events.
“Our dances were passed down thousands of years ago,” Salgado said. “Our dances represent prayers and elements. We are warriors of our community.”
For Dia de los Muertos, Salgado and other group members set up altars and photos to honor those who have passed.
“Life is supposed to be a celebration, but we don’t celebrate ourselves enough,” Salgado said. “We forget to do that. This is a reminder to honor and celebrate us and the dead.”
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