I was raised in an Irish Catholic family so, when I came out of the Medium closet in 2007, the thought of telling my family that I developed the ability to talk to dead people didn’t seem possible. It is a sin in the Catholic church to commune with spirits, and that is what I was doing. I decided to tell my twin sister first. She was surprised and even a bit confused as she did not understand what it all meant. Undaunted, I told my big sister next. She was surprised, too, but accepted my new gift as a good thing and thought that it would bring peace to others. My brother, the oldest, lives out in California and was very laid back about it: “I’ll spread the word. Cool.”
That left my parents. I was terrified to tell them that I was communing with dead. I was truly terrified; I really had no idea how they were going to respond. I was so very pleasantly surprised when not only did they respond with delight and wonder, but they also were amazingly supportive, kind, and loving. Thank you Mom and Dad.
So, being Irish Catholic is not so bad after all. It is who I am; it is my heritage, and I am grateful.