Medium Rick Bunch - Bridging the Gap

By+Kathy Jonas

The unknown is all around us. We can’t explain natural disasters or tragic accidents or even why someone survives cancer and another doesn’t. 

South Bend Medium Rick Bunch is there to help those who are open to his work. 

“Many of my clients are seeking the truth, they’re lost, even confused,” Bunch said. “I just try to be as clear a vessel as possible.”

Originally from Niles, he’s been working full-time as a medium for about seven years now, but he’s always known he was different. “Before I was in school, my mom would flip a penny and she had me tell her heads or tails.” Bunch’s mother was taken aback by his accuracy. “So, she flipped the penny again and this time she hid it and nothing was in her hand and I told her I could not see anything, it was blank.”

His grandmother, who was able to see and speak with the departed, had dreams about him and even saw him on a platform talking to people or large groups. She predicted he would become a minister, he said with a laugh. 

“The reason people want to communicate with someone varies from person to person,” Bunch said. “My role is to help bridge the gap between our world and the unseen world, the afterlife, heaven, the other side, whatever you choose to call it. I want to let people know that life continues and we are only here temporarily.”

He hopes to communicate that the spirit world is not something to fear, as it has been depicted in Hollywood and through the teachings of some religious groups.  He said mainly people are afraid of dying and have such a limited view of death that they want to stay here as long as possible. 

Bunch recently did a presentation for about 80 people at the Unity Church of Peace, where he shared common questions about doing a reading with a medium. He talked about areas of interest, such as what he’s observed from client readings and ideas about what happens when you die. He said there are very negative connotations of psychics and he prefers to be called a medium, spiritual advisor or counselor. If you’re a medium, he said, you are a psychic. But there are psychics who do not have the ability to communicate with the departed.

“Psychic is Latin for ‘of the soul’ and that soul communicates energy. We all have that ability to connect if we would just learn how.” He said children are not taught to develop and use their senses. 

While he acknowledges and even welcomes skeptics, he said skepticism is more a lack of understanding than anything else. 

One of his supporters and friends is Dr. De Bryant, Director, Social Action Project (SOCACT), Psychology Department, Indiana University South Bend. 

“Rick is dedicated to accompanying people through their own feelings about death and dying. He provides an ear for people to talk about their terrors and hopes without fear of being judged,” Bryant said.  “Over the years that I have known him, he has always been consistent: a passionate person with high professional standards.” 

“Most people are skeptics, but, in my opinion, it is more likely that most people are privately very curious – and that a large number of them are willing to be convinced.” Bryant added. In much of our Western culture, she said Christianity has defined our beliefs about the afterlife, but other non-Christian traditions embrace the idea of communication between our world and the unseen realms.

Bryant said recent brain research indicates that we do not use our brain to its full extent and certainly have not classified all the different forms of “intelligence” that exist. She said many mysteries, including mediumship, is plausible. “I don’t believe many mediums are at the end of a 900-number,” she said. “Most do their work quietly and only with a small and trusted circle.”

While mediums like Rick Bunch might lead people to peace and understanding, Bryant said it is up to the individual to take the information received and use it for healing. “That’s the key: the person must choose to use that energy now available to them to work through their grief.”

“Our Western society does need to have a more open discussion about death and dying,” Bryant said.

“We have access to endless gray, violent images: in film, television, in video games, on the nightly news. We are less free with practical knowledge about things like preparing a living will or making final arrangements.” Even though all of us will face death, she said there is little encouragement to talk about end of life issues.”

Bunch said many of his clients have regrets and wish they could have said something or done something differently. Maybe a parent never showed affection or emotion and the person wants to know whether the parent loved him. He said a client, who was a pretty tough guy who worked in construction, had no closure with his father who had died recently.

“His dad’s energy had me look into his eyes and speak the words that his dad would have spoken to him, that he loved him. His eyes watered and that makes it all worthwhile,” he said.

If you are interested in Rick’s work as a medium you can find out more by visiting  his web page www.rickbunch.com.