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Here’s a beautifully written piece by medium, Kim O’Neill!
As a psychic and medium, I have channeled many departed loved ones for clients, family, and friends. Besides having the privilege of channeling Erik and knowing Elisa Medhus, an incredible doctor, author, speaker, and teacher, I have also had the honor of channeling for a woman who has become an inspiring guardian angel in human form for me whose name is Linda Kelley. I’ve known Linda and her daughter Robin Amanda for over twenty-five years and they are two of the most extraordinary women I have ever had the privilege to know.
I first met Linda in 1995 when she came to my office in utter devastation over the murders of her twenty-year-old daughter, Kara, and her twenty-six-year old son, Mark. Openly weeping, Linda told me that on the day of their deaths, Kara had stopped by the family-owned pawn shop to bring her brother lunch when two men burst into the store and shot them dead.
Those few tragic moments would forever change the projectory of Linda and Robin’s life. When I met Linda, she had already become the president of Parents of Murdered Children, and a member of “Justice for All”, founded by Pam Lychner. After her children’s senseless murders Linda had become an outspoken and very active victim’s rights advocate and would go on to become the subject of the 1997 HBO documentary, “A Kill for a Kill,” in which Robin was also actively involved.
In her anguish, Linda had decided to visit my office to seek whatever solace possible through connecting with her deceased children and receive messages from them in spirit. Linda also wanted to develop her own ability to communicate with them to allow her to continue and maintain a loving family relationship with Mark and Kara.
As I listened to this grieving mother in my office in 1995, I couldn’t help but wonder how it was humanly possible—after suffering the unimaginable loss of two of her three children—that she could survive? Two of her children were senselessly murdered. She had buried two of her children. How was she getting up out of bed in the morning? How was she putting one foot in front of the other to get through the day? How was she capable of driving her car? Or eating a meal? Or of lying down to try to sleep? Or doing any of the things on a daily basis that we all take for granted? How had her obvious suffering and her grief not claimed her
sanity? I remember my eyes tearing with a huge swell of heartfelt sympathy and I had to steel myself to keep from openly sobbing.
It was during that very first meeting with Linda that I saw it. Looking into her eyes, it was so obvious. So unmistakable. So clear. Linda Kelley had courage. Linda Kelley had strength. Linda Kelley had a feistiness that even the most unimaginable tragedy could not erase. Although her eyes were red and swollen from crying, there was an undeniable twinkle. There was a light shining from her.
What I didn’t realize on the day I first met Linda Kelley was that the universe had brought us together not only for me to serve her, but also, for me to learn and be inspired by the example of her relentless courage and strength.
Linda became a guardian angel in human form for me a short time later. In 1995, my first book, “How to Talk With Your Angels” was published by HarperCollins. My book caught the attention of the wonderful and lovely, Leeza Gibbons, who had a nationally syndicated TV show, and she was interested in having me as a guest because she was curious about communication with angels and departed loved ones. The producer asked if I had a client who might share his or her story about receiving messages from a departed loved one or a guardian angel. I immediately thought of Linda, but I was very hesitant to ask her. I didn’t know how she’d feel about sharing her story on national TV. I remember my angels continually prompting me to ask her, so when I finally did, Linda immediately agreed.
Linda and I were flown out to Los Angeles and as we were driven through the majestic scrolled gates of Paramount Studio, I was overcome with fear. I was absolutely terrified. By the time we were ushered into the green room, where guests wait to go on the set, I was visibly shaking. My mouth was so dry I knew I’d never be able to speak. There was no way I’d be able to channel on national TV, where I’d have to sit on a stage in front of the big TV cameras, with the studio audience preparing to ask questions! My eyes were darting as if looking for an escape route. Linda, however, was perfectly calm. Relaxed. Confident. Smiling, like a poised veteran of national TV appearances. She took one look at me, furrowed her brow, and asked, “What’s wrong? You look nervous.” I gasped, and said, “Linda, I don’t know if I can do this. I’m really shy. Now that we’re here, the thought of being in front of all these people has me terrified. I don’t think I’m going to be able to speak.” Linda wasted no time. She grabbed me by the arm, moved close to me, stared into my eyes, and said with utter conviction, “Just be yourself.” And in my panicky state, I said, “But…what if people don’t like me? What if I’m not good enough?” Linda responded, “If you do your very best, and I know you will, it will be better than enough. If you don’t have faith and trust in yourself, no one else will. Don’t think of how shy you are…focus on the message you want to share about angels. Nothing happens by accident. Everything happens for a reason. There’s a reason you’re here today.”
My eyes were glued to hers. I saw her strength, her courage, her confidence, and her feistiness. As if by looking into my eyes she had the power to convey, or temporarily loan, those remarkable qualities to me. In that moment, it was impossible not to believe what Linda said. Her words had that much conviction. It was then that I realized that Linda Kelley had come into my life as a guardian angel in human form.
I was able to speak and channel on the program, thanks entirely, to the support and guidance from Linda. But what little I contributed during the taping of that show paled in comparison to what Linda said and did. Seating among the studio audience, she was called upon by Leeza Gibbons to share her story. Linda stood, and in the most charismatic and confident fashion, described the ways in which Mark and Kara had been communicating with her and the fact that they were alive in spirit despite not having a physical body. She told funny stories about what they had shared; and, other people in the studio audience who had lost family members connected with her so much that she was by far the most popular person on the show. People bombarded her after the filming just to get the chance to talk with her.
On that show, as I listened to how she was sharing her spiritual beliefs about how souls remain alive in spirit, I realized that the reason I had been asked to appear was to bring Linda with me so she could offer solace to others who were in pain and needed her unique help. Linda, as a guardian angel to me, the others who were present, and the viewers who would watch the show from home, was the reason we were there.
Linda’s precious gift of life-changing support and guidance has only become stronger through the years. Acknowledging that I needed to work on my own strength and courage, and the fact that I couldn’t pull on Linda’s pant leg every time I faced something frightening, what I did was to picture her next to me, like at the TV studio, holding my arms, looking intently into my eyes…reminding me that I’m good enough. That everything happens for a reason; and, that in time, I’ll discover what the reason is. All of the frightening, painful, and stressful events and situations happen for my best benefit—to teach me something that I couldn’t have learned otherwise.
Last week, Linda’s beautiful daughter, Robin, reached out to share that Linda had passed away on November 11, and she asked if I would speak at Linda’s funeral service. I was immensely touched and honored. The first thought I had was how the earthly plane will feel the inconsolable loss of Linda’s bright light. My second thought was of how joyful the reunion must have been with Mark and Kara. My third thought made me smile through my tears, imagining Linda’s soul arriving in heaven and announcing, “Let’s get this party started!” And then pulling up her preverbal shirt sleeves in anticipation of getting things done in her new home, because Linda likes to be productive. And, by god, she has the courage to speak her mind.
It was my honor to participate in the celebration of Linda’s life at her services last Saturday along with all of her other family, friends, supporters, and admirers who gathered to pay tribute to the profound impact she had on us all. Andy Kahan, City of Houston Crime Victim Advocate, spoke eloquently, sharing his unforgettable experiences with Linda, who became known internationally as a “Warrior for Justice.” He also spoke at length about Robin’s strength, courage, and resolute determination, and how proud Linda was of her daughter’s own warrior-like qualities and enlightened character.
At the service, I shared a quote that, to me, embodies Linda’s personality and perspectives: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
The first time I met her, Linda kept reflecting back on her last conversations with Mark and Kara, hoping they knew how much she loved them. Linda’s unspeakable loss instilled in me the necessity of acknowledging those around me. I can’t wait to share loving feelings—because time might not provide me another opportunity. My husband, Britt, and I have two teenagers, and I’ve tried to instill in them how important it is to demonstrate an appreciation for all the people in their lives who are important to them, and to try to acknowledge them every day. Just recently, one of my daughter’s sixteen-year-old classmates at Klein Collins High School was
killed in a car accident. I keep thinking of the young lady’s family, and if they
think back about the last conversation they had with her.
We all know that we’re going to pass away, but when it happens, it can still be so shocking. Especially when a child or a young person passes away, like Erik Medhus. Although Erik graces the earthly plane with his spiritual presence, his physical presence will always be dreadfully missed. As my guardian angel, Linda Kelley taught me that life is precious. That there are no guarantees. That we can’t take our loved ones for granted.
So, when I see one of my kids walk past, I’ll call out, “Don’t leave without giving me a hug and kiss!” To which they often respond, “But, Mom, I’m only going to the bathroom!” And I say, “I don’t care—get over here and hug me!”
I thank Linda every day for being a guardian angel for me. I appreciate her more than words can say. And, at her service, I heard her say in spirit: “Be yourself. Love yourself. Show others that you love them. And live your life to the fullest every single day.”
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Kim O’Neill Biography
As a renowned channel, author, and speaker for over thirty years, Kim O’Neill, voted Houston’s Top Psychic, has demystified the spirit world through her private sessions, award winning books, national workshops, and online classes. Kim has appeared on over 100 radio stations and television programs and has been interviewed in numerous magazines and newspapers.
Kim lives in Houston with her husband and their two children.