Theresa Caputo dials in the spirits at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to make contact with the afterlife, Theresa Caputo may be that bridge.
She’s the psychic force behind the reality television show, “Long Island Medium,” which chronicles her work with clients who hope to connect with their deceased loved ones. Caputo will attempt to do the same for a live audience with her show, “The Experience,” at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage on Saturday, Jan. 8.
“I love what I do, especially in person at a live show,” Caputo said in a recent phone interview. “You can actually watch the healing begin across their face.”
Caputo has been a practicing medium since 2001. She’s also written several books on the subject of spirits and healing including, “Good Grief: Heal Your Soul, Honor Your Loved Ones, and Learn to Live Again,” which appeared on the New York Times bestseller list in 2017 and “Good Mourning: Moving Through Everyday Losses with Wisdom from the Other Side.”
In her most recent projects, Caputo has taken her spirit readings virtual on Zoom with her Discovery+ show, “Long Island Medium: There in Spirit” and with her audio-only podcast “Hey Spirit!”
“The experience is so intimate,” she said. “I actually find that people are more comfortable because they are in their own space.”
Caputo talked with the Southern California News Group about the grief of loss and what role she plays as a medium. This conversation has been lightly edited for space and clarity.
Q: Can you explain what a medium is for those who don’t understand?
A: I have the ability to connect with people that have died. I refer to them as the souls of the departed and spirits. I’ve been sensing and feeling the souls of the departed since I was four. So for me, it is normal to sense and feel things that nobody else does. I struggled with my gifts for many years because I couldn’t understand why I would be blessed with such a gift and who would want to come to see a medium. What I learned from the souls of the departed is that no matter who we lose and how they die, we’re left with these burdens and guilt like, “I should’ve, could’ve and would’ve.” It’s any type of negative emotion, and at the end of the day, those negative emotions prevent us from healing. I chose to share my medium gift to help people move on after the loss of a loved one.”
Q: You mentioned you discovered your ability when you were four years old. What was the initial reaction when you would tell people about your gift?
A: Well, you have to understand that when I was four, I thought it was normal. It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that people would be like, “Oh my god, that’s amazing. Can you tell me about my mom?” or someone would just look at me with a little side-eye and go, “Yeah, okay.” For the most part everybody has been encouraging and supporting of my gift. I don’t think it’s a common thing for someone to say that they talk to dead people for a living. I have such a great support system from my community, my parish and from all my friends and family. I am very fortunate with that.
Q: What’s it like to engage face-to-face with people in such an intimate state, like connecting them with loved ones?
A: Everyone comes to the show with hopes of hearing from their departed loved one, but to be able to see and feel it in person and to experience that healing energy is something incredible. It’s a feeling you can’t describe.
Q: Your book, “Good Grief” deals with grief. How do you have those conversations about grief as a medium?
A: One of the reasons I wrote “Good Grief” was because what I learned from channeling spirits is that they were constantly encouraging their loved ones to grieve how they wanted to grieve. Yes, we have all of these stages of grief, but we might not go through all of those stages of grief or we might not go through them in the order that they say. I started off with this book in a way to give people permission to grieve on their own. Then, after I felt the need to write “Good Mourning,” and it came out during the pandemic. The book is about how we mourn every day. We mourn the loss of an argument, maybe the loss of finances and we grieve youth. We grieve so many things in our everyday lives, and it doesn’t always have to be from the loss of a loved one. “Good Mourning” really validated me because I’ve always said what I do is so much more than connecting people with their departed loved ones. If you come to one of my live shows it’s a night of feeling peaceful and safe.
Q: What’s it like having a podcast? How is it different and similar from having a television show?
A: All of the readings for the podcasts are done over Zoom, so the only downside to that is I can’t lean over and hug the person or hold their hand. They seem to be less guarded. In a way, the podcast is more healing because they’re listening and they can visualize their own loved ones or their own healing and grieving process. It’s powerful in a different way.
Q: What would you say to nonbelievers?
A: I get it. I am the first person to say, “how can someone communicate with someone who has died?” I am not asking people to believe in me. It doesn’t matter if someone believes in me or mediums. I want them to believe in an afterlife. I want them to believe in the things they sense and feel around them that they think are odd or remind them of their departed loved ones, to know that that is their loved one’s soul. Those are bonds that can never be broken.
If you go
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8
Where: The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage