The reading had been going well. My client, a woman in her early 50s, seemed pleased with all that had come up so far. I asked if there was anything I had missed. She paused for a moment, reached for a tissue and captured a tear that had escaped from her right eye and said, “I wasn’t going to ask you this, but since we’ve done so well up to this point I wonder if you could help me with this one last thing.”

“Of course,” I said, “anything.”

“My husband passed seven years ago,” the woman said. “Remember, you said something significant had happened in my life seven years ago? My husband killed himself exactly seven years ago and I have been wondering if you could contact him.”

Mediumship is not my first work. However, over the years I have developed a method that is often successful in establishing communication through tarot cards. I began to pull cards from the deck, and we quickly established a link. Many connections were made for the woman, descriptions of things that had happened recently, memories from the past revisited—all things to establish life after death and the continuing communication between family members.

While all these connections happened, I continued to see images of pears over the woman’s head. I queried her on her connection with fruit. “Do you particularly like pears?” I asked. “Do pears mean anything to you in connection with your husband? Did you ever have a pear tree in your backyard?” The woman shook her head to all my questions.

I was about to end the reading when I felt a very strong nudge, what I can only describe as a psychic nudge, and I knew that the spirit communicating from the other side was not finished. In that moment, I got it. “Did your husband ever say, ‘We are quite a pair’?”

The woman dissolved in tears. When she was able to communicate again she said,

“He said that all the time—he always said, ‘We are quite a pair.’”