Ghost story

  • Carrie Cox leads a ghost hunt at an Antrim cemetery last week. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Carrie Cox leads a ghost hunt at an Antrim cemetery last week. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Carrie Cox leads a ghost hunt at an Antrim cemetery last week. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Carrie Cox leads a ghost hunt at an Antrim cemetery last week. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, October 26, 2017 9:59AM

Carrie Cox was only six years old when she saw her first ghost.

She was laying down in her grandparents’ living room. She glanced across the room and saw her grandmother and grandfather deep in conversation.

The same grandfather that had just died days before.

“I totally flipped out, I was like he’s not supposed to be here,” Cox said. “And my grandmother just carried on a conversation with him like it was nothing.”

For Cox, communicating with the dead has become a part of her daily life. She frequently senses spirits attached to people at places like the grocery store.

“It’s an everyday thing. It’s just with me all the time,” Cox said.

Cox has learned to use her unusual ability to help those in need. From readings to house cleansings (removal of negative energy or spirits from a home), Cox and her husband, Jackson, do what they can to help whoever reaches out to them.

“We don’t charge people,” Cox said. “We never ask for money so it’s not like we’re out to make money on people. We’re out to help them figure out what's going on and help with the attachments that they have.”

The Coxes, residents of Peterborough, founded their paranormal group, Awaken New Hampshire Spirits in 2005 after being persuaded by friends to officially establish their shared passion.

Since then, they’ve gone on upwards of 50 investigations and traveled to states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York to investigate some of the most haunted places in the world, with some of the most renowned people in the field. Having investigated with both T.A.P.S. from “Ghost Hunters” at the Mount Washington Hotel and the crew of the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” at the Ohio State Reformatory, they have had their fill of scary experiences. Cox, who describes herself as a medium/sensitive, uses her rare ability as an aid when investigating.

Carrie recounts one of her readings with a young woman who had recently lost her loved one and had trouble with the grieving process. Cox was able to contact the spirit of the passed relative and receive answers needed for closure.

“It was so cleansing for her to cry because she’s kept everything so bottled up,” she said. “So when I was able to connect her with what she needed, she released so much of it. That to me is everything I need, is just being able to help.”

Cox too was deeply affected by the loss of her grandmother who also had the ability to connect with spirits.

“When my grandmother passed, I myself was searching for answers. Wanting to make sure that she was OK and she was where she was supposed to be, that she wasn’t in pain,” she said.

Cox was close to her grandmother, who also shared Cox’s ability to interact with the dead. Since her grandmother passed, she’s become one of Cox’s guides — a spirit who helps her navigate the other side by offering advice and comfort in times of struggle.

“She is my No. 1 guide and I definitely keep her very close to me when I’m out doing things, even during readings,” she said.

When it comes to those who wish to communicate with lost loved ones, Jackson claims it is possible for almost anyone to receive a message from the other side.

“A lot of people, they want something so bad that they don't see the signs,” he said. “Whether it be numbers or wording or how somebody said something, it's just those little things. You just need to open up and let things in, listen.”

Cox says she hasn’t encountered anyone who has been aggressive enough to discourage her work. However, the fear remains of how people will react.

“Do you go and tell them that they’re there or do you not?” she said. “There’s just a fine line, not everybody is a believer, so you don't want to cross that line.”