Who is Rob Gutro, Medium/Author/Paranormal Investigator?

Rob Gutro is an author, paranormal investigator and medium with Inspired Ghost Tracking of Maryland. Since he was a child he could receive messages from ghosts or spirits (who have crossed over). As a scientist, he also provides some scientific explanations about how energy is the baseline for the afterlife and the medium that entities use to communicate. In 2005, Rob's late puppy passed and inspired Rob to write his first book and enabled him to communicate with pets. Rob participates in private paranormal investigations, helps ghosts cross over, and has provided countless messages from people or pets as ghosts or spirits. He lived in a haunted house, too!

***HIS BOOKS: Pets and the Afterlife, Pets and the Afterlife 2, Lessons Learned from Talking to the Dead and Ghosts and Spirits, Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation, Kindred Spirits: How a Medium Befriended a Spirit and Case Files of Inspired Ghost Tracking** BEST SELLERS- Rob's books have reached "best-seller" status on Amazon.com in various paranormal categories. All are available in paperback and E-book on Amazon.com ***DOG RESCUES - Rob has volunteered with with Dachshund and Weimaraner rescues since 2008 and is a pet parent of 4 dogs, 3 Dachshunds and 1 Weimaraner. He also prefers doing fundraising lectures for dog and cat rescues! JUST ASK… Rgutro@gmail.com

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

A Fascinating Interview with Paranormal Soup You Tube Channel.

If you missed my 3 hour you tube interview  with Jason Bland and friends on Paranormal Soup You Tube Channel from 11pm EST on Dec. 29 until 2am Dec. 30, 2019, you can see it here!  The interview covered my books on Pets in the Afterlife, Kindred Spirits and Ghosts of England!
VIDEO:  https://youtu.be/MBgWjk_Jn-I

Monday, December 30, 2019

Short Video: Weird Norfolk, UK - The Phantom Rabbit of Thetford Warren Lodge

Today's Short Video from Weird Norfolk, UK tells you about The Phantom Rabbit of Thetford Warren Lodge

ABOUT THE LODGE: This isolated lodge was probably built about 1400 by the prior of Our Lady’s Priory, Thetford.The prior had the right of free warren – a license from the king to hunt small game – and the area would have been an obvious target for armed poachers. The many defensive features incorporated into his lodge show that the prior took this threat seriously.

Weird Norfolk delves into our county's best local legends and secrets. From spooky churches to big black dogs this is the place to come to remind yourself of the best forgotten folklore... 
Video: https://youtu.be/GETaXldCShQ 

 If you like hauntings about England, read about MY personal experiences and learn History! -One of my books is called "Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation" and is all about the various ghosts I met when I took 2 vacations in England. Available on Amazon.com: 

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Tonight! Dec. 29 at 11:30pm EST Rob's Live interview on Paranormal Soup Radio

I have a LIVE INTERVIEW TONIGHT on Sunday/Mon. Dec 29 11:30 pm EST to 2 am EST with Jason Bland, host of Paranormal Soup Radio!  I have been Jason's guest before and really enjoy talking with him. His show is really interesting.  I'll be talking about my new book "Kindred Spirits." - Rob Gutro
Here are the links for the streams on Facebook and YouTube

LISTEN - On Spreaker. www.paranormalsoup.com/\

Watch every Sunday night 10pm-1am CT we will be broadcasting live on our Facebook Page Midwest Paranormal Presents Paranormal Soup and on our YouTube Channel Jason Bland Paranormal Soup.
     Hosted by Jason Bland Jason has been a paranormal investigator since 2008 and started doing Paranormal Soup in 2015 to provide a show with an open forum for the paranormal. Bringing the best guests, performing live paranormal experiments on air, and covering the latest in paranormal news and evidence with the Worldwide Web of Weird news segment;
      Paranormal Soup is bringing the Weird every Sunday night! Watch Live every Sunday night 10pm-1am CST 11pm-2am EST
 Watch the show Live on our Facebook Page!

Saturday, December 28, 2019

What are Rob Gutro's 6 Books About?

I'm a medium and a paranormal investigator, who has been able to communicate with those who passed since I was 13 years old. Since 2005, when my puppy passed, I've been able to also communicate with pets in the afterlife. I've written 6 books about my adventures with people and animals from the other side, whether Earthbound Ghosts or Spirits who have crossed over. 

Here is a list of my books and a brief look at the topics" 
1) Ghosts and Spirits" - An intro to ghosts (Earth Bound) and Spirits (crossed over) - Many stories of both, including how my Dad helped me proved to my own family he was at his services... and haunted places from Maryland to Savannah, Georgia! 
 2)  "Lessons Learned from Talking to the Dead,"  - An ALL-answer guide to the paranormal, including haunted places I've visited,and a "Double Murder Ghost Investigation" 
 3) "Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation," - the ghosts I encountered while vacationing in England!  
4) Kindred Spirits: How a Medium Befriended a Spirit"  - How I befriended a spirit who has been communicating with me for 14 years! ALL  teach others how ghosts and Spirits communicate with the living and to give proof of the afterlife.   
5 and 6)  2 books called "Pets and the Afterlife" and "Pets and the Afterlife 2 "- how pets communicate from the other side. 

Thursday, December 26, 2019

War of the Worlds – Big Seance Podcast #154

war of the worlds - Big Seance Podcast: My Paranormal World #154If you've never heard the famous War of the Worlds October 30, 1938 broadcast from Orson Wells you need to listen to my friend Patrick Keller's podcast with a re-broadcast of it. "The War of the Worlds" is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles as an adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds that was originally published in 1898! The show was done in a news style that made it believable as real occurrences and caused somewhat of a panic to people who tuned into the show late. Here's Patrick's podcast including the re-broadcast.

– Big Seance Podcast #154

SUMMARY:   Looking back on the 1938 War of the Worlds radio drama broadcast by The Mercury Theatre on the Air, which was directed and narrated by Orson Welles as an adaptation of H.G. Wells’s novel from 1898. It was broadcast over the CBS radio network and caused panic all over the country!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

A Simple Sign from Sprite's Spirit on his Birthday

Sprite in 2011

I got a sign from our dog Sprite (who passed in 2013) that he was around on his birthday!

If you've read either of my "Pets and the Afterlife" books, you understand that pets in spirit can send subtle messages to let us know they're around during birthdays (theirs or yours), anniversaries (adoption, passing, etc.) or even holidays. They know these times because when they are alive in the physical they can read our emotional energy levels and know those dates are special times. When they're in spirit, they can also read that energy, so they know enough to return to us at those times to let us know they are still around us. That said, our dog Sprite, who passed in 2013 gave me a subtle sign this year, 2019, on what would have been his birthday, Dec. 23. 

Sprite was a dachshund who passed away on July 8, 2013 at 16 1/2 years old.  Sprite was a funny little guy, who liked to keep to himself and didn't play with toys (he came to us from the rescue just before he turned 14 and wound up have several surgeries and 22 rotted teeth removed). Sprite loved our other dogs, Dolly, Franklin and was getting accustomed to Tyler (who was young at the time).  

Because he had most of his teeth removed, he found it difficult to eat his food from a bowl, so we bought him a small, square dish that was flat with slightly elevated/angled ridges around it. When Sprite passed, my friend Troy, a medium, told me that Sprite wanted us to keep his dish and use it for our food. So, I did.
Sprite's special dish (with a chip in it)

Yesterday, on Dec. 23rd, I quickly needed to get a small dish to prevent a spill in the kitchen, so I flung open the cabinet and grabbed the first dish. It was Sprite's special square dish!  
   I realized immediately that it was his birthday, and the he directed me to open the cabinet and grab his dish as a reminder he is still very much with us. That's how spirit works. Even something as subtle and simple as a dish can be a sign. 

To read Sprite's story and how he came to 2 other mediums with the same message, and to learn many ways that your pets can send signs, read "Pets and the Afterlife" by Rob Gutro on Amazon.com (Under $9 paperback /$2,99 kindle. 

Monday, December 23, 2019

Ten Most Bizarre Cemeteries: #7 Xcaret Cemetery, Mexico

Today's blog will tell you about one of the 10 Most Bizarre Cemeteries In The World Recently
TheTravel.com did a series on the top 10, and I'm sharing them again here. BTW, cemeteries aren't haunted. Earth bound ghosts who chose to stay, stay at places they knew in life, a place where they died, lived or liked. However, spirits who have crossed over can come back and visit living people in cemeteries. Now, on to the bizarre cemetery of the day...

Xcaret Cemetery, Mexico

The eerily cheerful Xcaret Cemetery is located within an amusement park, of all places. In the downtime between snorkeling and exploring Mayan ruins, you can take a walk through a traditional Mexican cemetery, rich in folk art from pre- and postcolonial Mexico.

To honor the Mayan belief of communication with gods via conch shell, the cemetery is built into a spiral. It is also constructed in accordance with the Gregorian Calendar and has seven levels representing days of the week, 52 steps representing weeks in a year, and 365 individual tombs for the days in a year.

SOURCE: https://www.thetravel.com/bizarre-cemeteries-you-need-to-see/


Sunday, December 22, 2019

Short Video: Weird Norfolk, UK: The haunting of Hardley crossroads

In today's Short Video: Weird Norfolk, UK explains The haunting of Hardley crossroads. When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out contagion, the witching time of night is when the spectral woman appears, clad in red and seemingly tethered to the remains of a cross-stone which once towered over this lonely patch of Norfolk.

 If you like hauntings about England, read about MY personal experiences and learn History! -One of my books is called "Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation" and is all about the various ghosts I met when I took 2 vacations in England. Available on Amazon.com: 

Friday, December 20, 2019

Ed's Message On the Anniversary of his passing: "Kindred Spirits"

Ed in the 1990s 
Recently at my office, I went to lunch with 3 colleagues who have each had paranormal experiences. We talked about living in haunted homes and their experiences with humans or animals who passed. I never mentioned Ed's spirit, whom is the subject of my latest book "Kindred Spirits: How a Medium Befriended a Spirit." But, Ed wanted me to know he's around. Here's what happened.

This week, during the Christmas rush of getting presents together, baking and organizing things, I heard Ed on Thursday, Dec. 19 suggest taking three copies of my "Kindred Spirits" book to work and give one each to my colleagues. I didn't think anything of it until this morning. Then it hit me. 

Today is the anniversary of Ed's passing. I totally forgot, but he didn't. 

I was reminded when I checked my husband's facebook page and he posted the following "Though the voice may be quiet, the memory of you remains. You are still greatly missed. 10/15/60 - 12/20/96."
There, looking at me was Ed's face in a photo that Tom posted.  

As I gave Paul, Michelle and Courtney their copies, I realized it was the anniversary of his passing, and that Ed wanted to reassure me that he's still very much alive and around. It brought a tear to my eyes, and a comfort. 

That's how spirits work. They will influence you to do things on a certain date that is special to them, so that we'll know they are still around us. You can read about many of the ways Ed has communicated with me over the last 14 years (and he still does, obviously!) in my book "Kindred Spirits: How a Medium Befriends a Spirit" on Amazon.com. 

Thank you, Ed! I love you. 
- Rob 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

PODCAST! UK's "Ghostly Hour" Program: Rob Gutro talks "Kindred Spirits" and more

Last week I was a guest on the United Kingdom's "Ghostly Hour" radio program, and I talked about my latest book "Kindred Spirits" and human and animal spirits.

 LISTEN: http://kcorradio.com/KCOR/Podcasts/The-Ghostly-Hour/2019/december/rob-gutro.mp3

Monday, December 16, 2019

Words of Comfort When You Lose a Loved One

    As a medium, it's a little easier for me to get messages from spirits of people and pets who have passed away. However, everyone has the ability, and that's why I wrote my books - to teach you how to recognize those signs.
    Often during the holidays, people choose to pass because they know their family members are around, and it's a season of hope and light. They want us to understand they're in the light, and at a place of peace. They don't want us to grieve so deeply that we can't function in our own lives. Recently a friend's father passed away, and here is what I told her- and it's something you can share with others dealing with loss:

 Your dad can now keep watch over you and your family, having found peace from pain. He's now going to around you all, surrounding you with love. Keep his memories alive and take time to heal. The physical loss leaves us with an emptiness, but his love will always fill that space in your heart. You'll find yourself and others saying something or doing something your dad did, and at that moment you'll know he's still with you. - Rob Gutro

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Short Video from Weird Norfolk - The Headless Ghost of Sandy Lane, Dereham

Today's Short  Video from Weird Norfolk, UK explains the story of The Headless Ghost of Sandy Lane, Dereham. Dereham, also known as East Dereham, is a town and civil parish in the Breckland District and English county of Norfolk. It is situated on the A47 road, about 15 miles west of the city of Norwich and 25 miles east of King's Lynn.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/n29KN6LbkKk 

 If you like hauntings about England, read about MY personal experiences and learn History! -One of my books is called "Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation" and is all about the various ghosts I met when I took 2 vacations in England. Available on Amazon.com:

Saturday, December 14, 2019

A Change in Getting Medium Readings for Pets who passed

I've been giving free pet spirit readings (on my free time) since 2013, but the demand has been overwhelming and worldwide, so I now have to ask people to buy my book and I will help them (WHY? buying the book helps me travel to rescues and do fundraisers for them). Below are a couple of things to know, and how to get a reading from me. 

 A Couple of Other things: 
1) I don't do this for a living, but to help those grieving -and I earn about $1 per book. 
2) There are no other mediums/authors that give free readings 
3) 1 Reading Per Person, please. I receive as many as 40 emails a week from people asking for a short reading. 

 HOW DO YOU GET A READING? Please buy one of my "Pets and the Afterlife" books. - Once you do, email me a pic of it, or the receipt and I will give you a free reading. I use the money thru book sales to travel to rescues and do fundraisers. So, it also helps animal rescues!
TO GET A BOOK ON AMAZON.COM (Under $10 paperback, Under $4 kindle: https://tinyurl.com/vzy7kre

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Wonderful Letter from Deanna - How "Pets and the Afterlife" helped

Last month, I received the following letter from Deanna, and it made my day. Deanna lost her precious dog Georgio, and read my Pets and the Afterlife book to help her understand how Georgio could communicate. I am so pleased that it seemed to help bring her peace. With her permission, here is her letter: 

Dear Rob,

A year ago today, I said goodbye to my dog, Georgio. One of the hardest days of my life. I was so lucky to have him by my side for 15 years. I knew our time was nearing the end and like so many I struggled with the decision of "when".  I rationalized putting it off, he was still eating normally and wanted his daily walks, we just didn't go as far anymore or as fast.  When the day came, I laid with him until he took his final breath.  I was not leaving his side when he needed his mom the most. My heart broke into little pieces. I struggled with the guilt that you described in your book.  "Did I wait too long? Did I do it too soon". When I read about how you sent an email to a friend recounting your Sprites ailments in Chapter 6, "The Questioning" I decided to do that, too.  My heart felt a little lighter. I started to forgive myself.  I accept that I made the best decision for my boy at the time that I could make it and with his help.  It was right. And I thank you for that.

 I bought your books after not being able to attend your fundraiser at the Animal Rescue League of NH this past September. After reading them, I realized that Georgie was sending me a whole bunch of signs that I was too blind with grief to see, like waking up at 3:30am every night.  I believe he is also influencing my other dog, Jay, in a good way ;)  

I kept wondering what else I had been missing and made an appointment with a local medium.  Amongst others, my mom came through.  With her was a young male, recently passed, a young son, my brother? no.  She then asked, who's George? My dog.  She said they were together.  Happy tears. How could she know that just that morning, I picked up his picture, wished him a happy birthday in heaven and said "I hope you are with Grammy celebrating." Then, I told my mom to give him a kiss for me. I guess I got my answer!  They told her.

Now I look for signs everywhere. Last night while changing into my PJ's, I looked at G's picture and talked to him. Shortly after I thought I heard my phone ping. His picture is my screen saver. I looked at it and the time was 9:19.  Numbers that I always chose when playing the lottery or selecting a password.  Georgio's birthday.  He heard me!

Thank you for your books.  Thank you for your devotion to animals and guest speaking at rescue organizations in order to raise funds.  Most of all, thank you for helping people like me. I will make sure I am one of the first to sign up for your next fundraiser at the Animal Rescue League of NH September 2020!


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Give a Gift of a Reading from the Beantown Medium (she does phone readings)

If you're looking for an amazing reading from a medium - please consider my friend Ruthie Larkin, the Beantown Medium. She's been featured in several of my books including "Pets and the Afterlife" and "Lessons Learned from Talking to the Dead" (available on Amazon) To get or give a gift certificate for a reading, click on the link here or embedded below).  She's AMAZING! - Rob

The Bean Town Medium 
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Tarot Tuesday: Page of Cups

Every Tuesday, my friend Joy Andreason provides "Tarot Tuesday" to give you some insight into tarot
cards. Today's card is the Page of Cups Card.

Joy Says:   You may find youthful energy prevalent today. Maybe you just feel extra energetic and optimistic or perhaps you are in the presence of someone young at heart. Remember to keep your heart open and your thoughts pure from negativity. This creates an atmosphere of hope and joy!

MEANING OF THE PAGE OF CUPS CARD: (Thanks to biddytarot.com)
 UPRIGHT: Creative opportunities, intuitive messages, curiosity, possibility.

REVERSED: New ideas, doubting intuition, creative blocks, emotional immaturity. 
WHAT IT MEANS:  The Page of Cups wears a blue tunic with a floral print and a beret on his head with a long, flowing scarf. He stands on the shore, with the wavy sea behind him, holding a cup in his right hand. Surprisingly, a fish pops its head out of the cup and looks at the young man. The fish and the sea behind him represent the element of water and all things to do with creativity, intuition, feelings and emotions. The unexpected appearance of the fish signifies that creative inspiration often comes out of the blue and only when you are open to it.

BIOGRAPHY: Joy Andreasen is an author, shamanic practitioner, psychic medium, spiritual consultant, Reiki Master Teacher and wedding officiant. She has been giving messages from Spirit for almost twenty years. She teaches spiritual development and shamanic classes in Winchester and Herndon Virginia which are always highly acclaimed.

For more about Joy Andreasen, visit: https://www.facebook.com/whispersofjoy/ Email: joyandreasen@gmail.com Website: http://www.WhispersofJoy.net

Monday, December 9, 2019

Ten Most Bizarre Cemeteries: #6 Ancient Egyptian Tombs, Egypt

Today's blog will tell you about one of the 10 Most Bizarre Cemeteries In The World Recently
TheTravel.com did a series on the top 10, and I'm sharing them again here. BTW, cemeteries aren't haunted. Earth bound ghosts who chose to stay, stay at places they knew in life, a place where they died, lived or liked. However, spirits who have crossed over can come back and visit living people in cemeteries. Now, on to the bizarre cemetery of the day...
Ancient Egyptian Tombs, Egypt

The world's most extreme cases of burial traditions might just be in Egypt. Everyone knows how extra the ancient Egyptians were about burying pharaohs and other high ranking members of society, the Great Pyramids only the biggest and most extravagant of these traditions.

But you can find subterranean Egyptian tombs all over Egypt, some of which are open to tourists. You can wander the tunnels and crypts where some of Egypt's legendary mummies were buried, often with hoards of priceless treasure. Unfortunately, though, no Indiana Jones-style enchantments have been discovered yet.
SOURCE: https://www.thetravel.com/bizarre-cemeteries-you-need-to-see/


Sunday, December 8, 2019

Tonight- LIVE from the United Kingdom! Rob's Interview on The GHOSTLY HOUR 5pm ET


 Rob Talks “Kindred Spirits” on the United Kingdom's "GHOSTLY HOUR" Radio Show! – with host David Cook  /LISTEN:http://kcorradio.com/KCOR/Ghostly-Hour-Hosted-By-David-Cook-KCOR-Digital-Radio-Network.php 

Short Video: Weird Norfolk: Beneath the surface of the mysterious Lily Pit, Gorleston

In today's Short Video from Weird Norfolk, U.K., you'll go Beneath the surface of the mysterious Lily Pit, Gorleston to find out about the hauntings. 
Video: https://youtu.be/MaiOxVb8wQQ

 If you like hauntings about England, read about MY personal experiences and learn History! -One of my books is called "Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation" and is all about the various ghosts I met when I took 2 vacations in England. Available on Amazon.com:

Thursday, December 5, 2019

In the News: 'Somebody answered my dead brother's number' (not what you think)

Sometimes people who have lost loved ones have actually received phone calls from the deactivated phone numbers of their loved ones who have passed. I haven't, but I do know that I will not delete my parents' house phone number from my phone. Many others do the same thing, as cited in this story from BBC News. 
  This story isn't about a deceased loved one who communicated from the other side though. It's about a living person that received the former phone number of a deceased loved one, got a text message from the living relative who continued to text her late loved one, and had the heart to respond to the grieving person. Then offered support. What a gift.  Here's the story from the BBC News (Oct. 11, 2019):

'Somebody answered my dead brother's number'

10 October 2019
When a loved one dies, it is often hard to let go and many people try to maintain a connection any way they can. For some, it can be by visiting a grave, posting on a Facebook memorial page or even texting them.
For six months, Ruth Murray had been finding comfort in text messaging the phone number belonging to her brother Mike - it was a way of staying close to him after he died suddenly.
The 36-year-old from Minneapolis never expected a response but it was just her way of staying connected to her older sibling.
So in late September, when her phone buzzed with a message from the number she had for years labelled "brothaboo", her stomach dropped.
She had texted him just hours previously saying: "I just miss you so much. God. What the hell".
But the stranger - Amber Leinweber, 32, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin - has turned out to be a godsend for grieving Ruth.
When Amber found out what Ruth was going through, she told her to "text anytime you need to", adding: "I know we don't know each other, but [I] don't mind being a sounding board."
She had, by coincidence, been assigned Mike's old number when her bosses gave her a work phone, and had at first thought that the texts she kept receiving were for a lost phone.

Ruth said: "My brother Mike overdosed on heroin in March. He had struggled with addiction for 12 years and although he had been clean for three months, he relapsed and passed away aged 37.
"We were really close and would text every day. He called me sisterboo. If I had a joke to tell him or a memory I wanted to share or I just wanted to reach out to him, I'd message him in the same way as before he died."
Rob's books teach about signs from spirits
She said she never expected his number to be reassigned so quickly and when Amber first messaged, Ruth had to leave the room she was in and find somewhere to cry.

However, when Ruth posted the exchange on Reddit, she was shocked by how much it resonated, with more than 80,000 upvotes and 800 comments. People from all over the world admitted to how they too would contact their loved ones via text, Snapchat, Facebook and more.
Camille Sharrow-Blaum from Michigan was among those who responded. She posted that her friend Jenny had died from cancer last year aged 27 but despite this Camille's network continued to reach out to her.
"Her husband keeps paying for her cell phone and number so that we can all text it. He keeps it charging in a drawer and never looks at the messages, but he knows there are five of us in a group chat and we can't bear to start a new one without her."
She told the BBC the group still felt Jenny was a key part of their lives and they wanted to share milestones with her, adding: "It just feels right for our conversations to continue with her in the group chat - it makes it feel like a direct line to Jenny. It helps us remember her, no matter how long she's been gone."

'Small things'

Jaclyn Schwartz from Texas also continued to pay for her husband Jason's phone line following his death from multiple organ failure in 2017. It allows her to text him, see the images he took and the conversations he has with people.
"It makes him seem not so far away when I really miss him," she said.
"It's something that was such an ordinary part of his day, using that phone. And when you lose someone the little things can disappear so fast with time. How his hair smelled or the way he walked a little wonky in flip flops or the way he drove me crazy by never deleting any emails, even junk mail.
"I don't want to lose the small things. I'm in no rush to shut it off."

And Jessica Allen, of London, Ontario, told Redditors: "We buried my brother with his phone, so that we could text him. My parents paid for it for a few months then stopped. Eventually a year later someone got the number."
Jessica told the BBC her brother Brad killed himself aged 18 in 2007. She said it had been important to the family to maintain that connection through the phone. When the number was reassigned, Jessica admits it was difficult as it marked another loss.
Andrea Warnick is a psychotherapist in Toronto specialising in grief counselling. She is unsurprised by the need for people to stay in touch with deceased friends and families through their phones and social media: "There is a profound human need to stay connected to the dead."
She said that historically this would be where religious and spiritual institutions would step in and offer rituals.
"Most of the people who engage in this are not expecting a response. It's just a means of communicating. Many of us don't have the rituals or traditions that used to be the guiding force in these times."

She says it was perfectly healthy to want to stay in touch however, when the numbers were reassigned by third parties, there was a risk of it feeling like an additional death. She added it was important for those grieving to make room for death in their lives.
Ruth says she felt comforted by the reaction and she wanted to meet Amber to thank her in person, especially after discovering this one-time stranger's husband once played in the same poker circles as her brother.

Amber, 32, said: "I truly believe I was supposed to get that number. It's more than a coincidence that I was given it. The more we talked over messages, the more we realised we had so much in common.
She is a little puzzled why it "blew up" on Reddit like it did.
"When did being a compassionate human being become something exceptional?
"It didn't cost me anything to respond. People get hung up on trying to say the right thing in these types of situations but sometimes people just need to be able to vent or say what they need and move on.
"They don't need advice on how to grieve. They just need space. It takes nothing to lend your ear."

Monday, December 2, 2019

Ten Most Bizarre Cemeteries: #5 Old Jewish Cemetery, Czech Republic

Today's blog will tell you about one of the 10 Most Bizarre Cemeteries In The World Recently
TheTravel.com did a series on the top 10, and I'm sharing them again here. BTW, cemeteries aren't haunted. Earth bound ghosts who chose to stay, stay at places they knew in life, a place where they died, lived or liked. However, spirits who have crossed over can come back and visit living people in cemeteries. Now, on to the bizarre cemetery of the day...

Old Jewish Cemetery, Czech Republic

 This crammed Jewish cemetery in Prague is dated to at least the 15th Century, and was accepting new burials until the late 18th Century — that's a lot of burials. Its headstones are tilting, crumbling, and lopsided, having endured centuries of new burials.

It's estimated that up to 100,000 individuals are buried within the tiny cemetery, though only 12,000 headstones remain. Since Jewish tradition forbids the replacement of graves, the dead were stacked on top of one another. The cemetery sits about 10-feet above the street as a result of the stacked burials.

SOURCE: https://www.thetravel.com/bizarre-cemeteries-you-need-to-see/