ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. — A group of 20 people experienced their own psychic readings at the Elmwood Park Library Wednesday, Oct. 7.
The reader, known only as Shira, offered to connect people with their loved ones who passed away, in some cases offering closure, in others just a chance to reminisce.
Shira has been reading professionally for 20 years and also practices Tarot cards and pet communication.
"If I didn't do it, I wouldn't believe anybody else could," Shira said to the audience.
People came to Shira for a variety of reasons. Patricia Slasinki of Elmwood Park said she had her cards read before and found it very entertaining.
"I believe that people do have psychic powers, so we thought it would be interesting," Slasinki told Daily Voice, adding, "we come to programs here at the library often."
Slasinksi's husband, Frank, said Patricia's brother "came through" in another reading so they wanted to see if he would do so again.
Margaret Johnston of Hawthorne said she visited Shira the last time she came to Elmwood Park in May. Johnston said it was a good experience and praised Shira's skills.
"I did not give her any clues other than saying my father-in-law and she correctly figured out it was my former father-in-law," Johnston said.
What makes Shira special, she said, is that people who have died can see through her and she helps them communicate. The effects can be for more than just entertainment, Paterson resident Felicia Yoder said.
"It's very interesting," Yoder told Daily Voice, "that she — I think — bringa a lot of comfort and closure to people."
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