True-life ghost whisperer
JUST imagine it - funeral homes with in-house psychics.
For sceptics, or those of particular religious orientation, that idea may seem laughable. But well-known Australian psychic Deb Webber is serious.
She believes she can communicate with the dead.
After seeing her work first-hand in Yamba last week, this jaded journalist is somewhat convinced that she does.
Deb's live show at the Yamba Golf Club on Thursday was, for many of the audience, a cathartic if confronting experience.
There were tears, laughter, confusion and relief as Deb worked her way through the audience.
In the beginning, many of her details were fuzzy, but by the end of the night, Deb was frighteningly accurate.
Among the people she 'read' for was a woman whose son had mysteriously fallen down dead, and a young woman whose toddler died in his sleep.
Very limited verbal information was given, but Deb picked up on many details, including the fact that the young man suffered blackouts in the months before he died.
With the toddler, one of the first things Deb related the child as saying was: “I don't want to go to school.”
This didn't make sense at first because the mother said her son had loved school. It came out later, however, that the toddler had died while at pre-school.
Those were sad moments, but there was also laughter as one audience member was berated by her long-dead mother for not keeping her house tidy enough.
The mother, through Deb, then went on to ask her husband if he missed her - a leading question as the man was now in a relationship with another woman.
There were apparently no hard feelings, however, as the dead woman wished her husband well and told him to remarry.
“It's a bit late for that,” the elderly man exclaimed, causing fits of laughter in the audience.
Along with group readings, a magazine column and TV shows, Deb also works on cold cases with police, helping them investigate unsolved murders.
“How I work is I connect with the victim first,” she told The Daily Examiner.
“It's like I see through their eyes and that's why I can pick up things like if there's a car coming up or scenery around them.
“But nothing I say will stand up in court, of course. We can give the police guidance, but it is up to the police to then go away and come up with the evidence that will prove it.”
She told the audience it was draining working every day with people in grief, but it was something she felt destined to do.
“This is my whole life; this is my whole reality. I've never known anything else.”