'Spirit Medics' provide first aid for the living and the dead
MINEVILLE, N.S. -- A group of women who call themselves healers and clairvoyants say they work with both the living and the dead.
With Halloween just a few days away, these "spirit medics" try to connect with the paranormal.
"We came together to do first aid for the living and the dead," said Lana Grant.
Collectively, they are the "Spirit Medics."
They believe in the power of healing the body, mind and spirit through food and song and they say each woman brings a different gift to the group as they hunt for ghosts in places and spaces throughout the Maritimes.
"We work with the spirits, so we don't just detect them, we work with them -- we find out their stories," said Tonya Steinborn.
In addition to their intuition, they use tools like dowsing rods and pendulums to exploring high-profile locations and everyday homes.
And while there is safety in numbers, the team has experienced some very unusual activity during their ghost hunts.
And sometimes, something as simple as a lunch break ends up taking a paranormal turn.
"A lady was trying to take us to a different location to eat, to the dining room," said Amy Murphy. "There was a private room, the minute that we sat down Jessica starts doing this thing with her mouth (as if she had false teeth)."
"I couldn't stop it," said Jessica Stone. "It was so over-powering."
It wasn't long before they connected Jessica's behaviour to a spirit.
An employee of a well-known local inn was friends with a man named Billy who died in one of the rooms.
"And he had false teeth," said an employee.
Shocked, the women quickly learned the movement of Jessica's mouth matched Billy's, and to top it off, it appears Billy never really left.
The spirit medics say it's moments like this one that motivate them.
"When you really slow down and you really listen and you tune in, and there's a lot more going on -- a lot," said Tonya Steinborn.