If your child has an imaginary friend they may have a connection to the spirit world, according to psychic Denise Litchfield.
“I know from plenty of anecdotal evidence and personally as well, that usually if you’re a child and you have an imaginary friend a lot of them aren’t actually imaginary, they are from [a] spirit.”
Litchfield, who’s well known as a ghost-whisperer, doesn’t like to describe them as ghosts because of the word’s negative connotations.
“Usually it’s a relative,” she says.
“It’s usually someone that has come back from [a] spirit that they know or is a relative because – why wouldn’t you? They’re watching over the child.”
“It’s never some random freaky thing.”
Denise Litchfield says she helped a spirit “move on” from this house. Image supplied.
The Sydney based psychic says children haven’t been clouded with a “rational mind” and are much more likely to be able to see dead people.
“Often [a] spirit does look like a shadow, you can’t quite see them, they are a little bit misty,” she says.
“They just look like shadow people and a lot of people describe them…Remember it is a child’s mind and so we see what we think looks like a monster or a shadow.”
One sceptical father tells me his son had an imaginary friend for about eight months, named Kolya, and he loved everything his son, Simon*, did.
“As for seeing ghosts, I err more on the side of scepticism,” says the father-of-one.
“I’d say it’s more a developmental thing where they start to see themselves as a person distinct from others, and working through that by means of an imaginary friend is a good way to start creating and understanding differences in people.”
Another parent, Tegan Gilchrist, says her two-year-old son, Atticus, has an imaginary pet.