Medway psychic focuses on grieving familiesBy JESSICA TRUFANT , Associated Press
May. 19, 2013 2:31 AM ET
MEDWAY, Mass. (AP) — More than a year after losing their 20-year-old son, James, in a Holliston Street crash, Sandra and Robert Paquette of Norfolk were trying to enjoy themselves at a friend's holiday party.
That's when Ruth Larkin walked in.
"Ruthie went right over to my husband and said, 'did you lose a son who was a couple inches taller than you? Well he's here. He's right behind you,'" Sandra Paquette recalled recently at Larkin's Medway home. "She started talking about motorcycles, fishing, and everything James. She nailed it. She said things no one would know."
Ruth Larkin is a psychic medium who offers free readings to families who have suffered the loss of a child.
"I do lots of other readings, but my real work is with the kids because the families are just devastated, and I know there's never a parent who doesn't feel better after," she said.
One of those parents is Paquette, who said Larkin helped her "get up off the floor and carry on" because it put her mind at ease knowing that James is OK.
During a follow-up reading with the Paquettes, Larkin said James came through and said his mother the Christmas prior had bought him a gift and wrapped it, and he didn't want her to do that again.
Without her husband knowing, Sandra Paquette had indeed done just that.
"I'm telling you that what she does is amazing. I'm living proof that it's real," Paquette said. "She's helped so many people. I wouldn't be sitting here if I didn't believe in her."
Even worse than just losing a child is not knowing where he or she is, which is why Larkin is in the process of starting a psychic network to help search for missing children.
Larkin grew up in a strict Catholic family in Indiana and then Massachusetts, and while she's had the gift for as long as she can remember, she didn't embrace it until later on.
"I never wanted it. I didn't want any part of it," Larkin said of her medium abilities.
Larkin pursued a job in voice and data sales, where she was successful working with national accounts.
After bouncing around the country, Larkin's job brought her back to Massachusetts in 2007, when she started to welcome her skills as the Bean Town Medium.
"I had a lot of false pride, and I was concerned what people might think," Larkin said, adding that she reads the Bible and prays every day. "I'm just a regular person. This isn't a big secret, and it's not magic. It's energy."
Larkin, who is also certified in integrated energy therapy and is a Reiki master and teacher, explained that every cell in the body is energy. Since energy cannot be destroyed, it keeps going as spirit when we die.
An eastern philosophy of healing using energy, Reiki is a technique many health care providers are now utilizing in addition to traditional medicine.
Psychic abilities aren't much different, Larkin said, as it's all about energy and vibrations.
If nothing else, Larkin said she wants to assure those who have lost a loved one that there is an afterlife for all of us.
"People who say there may be an evil side, that's not true at all," Larkin said. "The answer is always love, and it's so strong."