December is the time of year when my run of theatre shows is finished and I have time to myself to do ‘normal’ things such as Christmas shopping, walking the dogs or relaxing at home. It gives me time to reflect on the year that has gone before and remember some of the people that I have met along the way. I feel privileged that I am able to join people here on Earth with loved ones who have passed away to spirit, and pass on messages of comfort. One such person stands out in my mind. We met whilst I was walking my dogs one November morning last year. On this particular day I was trudging along with the dogs running and leaping around when I noticed a man in the distance.
He was on his own walking quite slowly towards me. As we drew closer to each other, the man and I just nodded and said, “‘Morning”. I had only gone a yard or two when I heard him say, “It’s Derek, isn’t it?” I turned and agreed that yes, that was my name. “Do you mind if I ask you something? My name’s Bob, by the way,” the man said. I told him that I didn’t mind answering a quick question. He said, “I just wanted to ask you, do you really believe in what you do?”
I was most emphatic in my reply; that I not only believe but I know that mediumship and spirit communication is genuine. “I’m so pleased to hear that,” said Bob. “I’ve often wondered whether it was all made up. This Christmas will be the first Christmas that we’ve spent without our son. Me and the wife are dreading it. Our lad fell ill and before we knew it, he was gone. It was so sudden and so unexpected that it devastated us. We didn’t think we could go on but my wife Karen went to see a medium and he told us that our Robbie was still with us and around us. I wasn’t sure what to believe but now I’ve spoken to you, I can see that you’re sincere and genuine and that’s without giving me a reading.”
I assured Bob that life does go on after physical death and we are not lost to our loved ones, just temporarily parted. Birthdays, anniversaries and celebrations are the hardest times to go through because that’s when we miss close family members most. What we should always remember is that although they cannot be seen, they are most certainly around. Before I continued on my walk my spirit guide Sam whispered to me, “Tell Bob that he’ll know Robbie’s around at Christmas because he’ll smell the aftershave that Robbie used”. I passed on the message to Bob. “I’ll let you know on that one, Derek,” he said.
“Life does go on after physical death and we are not lost to our loved ones
It was during the spring of the following year before Bob and I bumped in to one another again. I asked him how he and Karen were getting on and how Christmas went. “It went OK, Derek. It would have been sad seeing that empty place at the table so we booked our Christmas meal at a restaurant. When we came home we both said that we felt as though Robbie was there with us in the house, and guess what? The smell of that awful aftershave that he used to splash on himself was everywhere!”
Derek Acorah is one of the world’s most renowned spiritualist mediums, having demonstrated to millions of people in theatres throughout the UK and beyond. Visit derekacorah.com