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Council employs medium to banish old soul

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 2 Jun 2010, 10:07

Published: 02 Jun 2010 10:07 GMT+02:00

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"It was particularly problematic in the duty room. The unit head in the end got in touch with local medium Pia Palm to solve the problem," said Cecilia Fridh at Kalmar municipality to local Östran daily.

The medium was reportedly paid around 2000 kronor ($250) to hold a seance and drive the spirits out of the home.

"There were some children who were playing in the office and an old man who had lost his way upstairs, what I remember was that he was looking for his wife and I told them to leave. After we had spoken to him we asked his wife to come and collect him so that his soul could rest in peace," said the medium according to the Barometern daily.

The home is apparently not the only public building in Kalmar to have hosted visits by ghostly apparitions in recent years with the 12th century castle and central Kvarnholmen area of the southern Swedish town long rumoured to be favourite hide outs. The home was however seen as something of an odd choice as it was built as recently as the 1980s.

The news of the unorthodox methods to address what has been described by officials as a "working environment problem" has brought national attention to the town in recent days and when The Local caught up with the medium Pia Palm she was keen to play down her role.

"The girls (at the home) have had to put up with a lot, it is time to cool off," she said.

Palm is reported to earn 500 kronor per hour and was engaged for four hours at the home, with employees satisfied that the investment had paid off.

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"Since then it has been calm as far as I know," Cecilia Fridh told the newspaper.

The Local has made unsuccessful attempts to reach Cecilia Fridh at Kalmar council for further comment on the case, but our calls have not been returned.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:09 June 2, 2010 by karex
If it works, why not...?
13:44 June 2, 2010 by wolverine2k
so it is finally proved that ethereal things / ghosts exists?
13:57 June 2, 2010 by Nemesis
Everyone involved in this should be given appropiate psychiatric help immediately.
15:27 June 2, 2010 by Kaethar
@Nemesis: They have been, because of the medium. People tend to see what they want to see. If they believe there is a ghost in the house they will start seeing evidence of a ghost in the house. A type of mass hysteria, if you will (probably from watching too much TV). The easiest (and cheapest) way to get rid of the problem is to get a psychic to "remove" the ghost. Since this is all psychological they won't imagine the ghost there again. Problem solved. :)
16:04 June 2, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Kaethar

They have a psychological problem all right.

They should be put in a funny farm.
18:33 June 2, 2010 by nocdib
Swedes acknowledging the presence of spiritual beings? No way!
22:17 June 2, 2010 by karex

Belief is a lot more widespread here than you imagine. They just don't talk about it in case someone will end up suggesting they need psychiatric care...
23:46 June 2, 2010 by Mr Gee
What a load of rubbish.

Whoever is in charge is clearly weak.

Also, the word "handicapped" is no longer use - at least in professional circles. "Learning Difficulties" is a better way to describe someone who is unable to learn as well as most of us. It may be a new term to some readers here but I believe it's far more appropriate. But much worse is the American term of "retard", which is simply degrading.

I hope the readers here take this on board.
11:46 June 3, 2010 by AndreaGerak
@nocdib and @karex:

Maybe mediums should be hired to banish psychiatric care...

When one denies the existence of spiritual beings, one denies the existence of human soul just as well, for what else is the human soul?
11:49 June 3, 2010 by karex
A bit confusing...

I have always associated the term "handicapped" to refer to a physically disabled person, not a mentally disabled one. And as far as I know the more politically correct terms these days are "physical disability" and "mental disability"...
11:52 June 3, 2010 by AndreaGerak
and this was @Nemesis as well.
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