The Spiritualist Medium is trained to deliver messages from the departed to friends and family as a way of affirming the continuation of life after the physical body dies. At its height of popularity in the 1860’s most Americans knew about Spiritualism, and many of those had participated in séances.
The word is often spoken in a hushed voice. It’s not something that we talk about in polite company. The mere mention of the word can provoke all kinds of responses in people. Though in those same hushed voices, many people have questions about this word and the experience that comes along with it.