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Jake Samoyedny is from Lily Dale, NY


Katie and Jim Brewer:

Dear Jake,

It has been almost 10 months since you did a reading for me and my husband. The reading was such a healing moment in our lives. And yet, we never thanked you or gave you any feedback. I suppose so early in our grief, we just existed and couldn't function like "normal" people. For about 2 weeks now, I have felt such a tug in my heart to reach out to you. I feel the urge to share "our side of the reading" with you. I hope that you don't feel obligated to read this immediately, but rather read this when you yourself need that confirmation that you are healing others with your gift.

10 months after losing our 7-year-old son to cancer, we reached out to you for a reading after we had attended the first Helping Parents Heal conference in Arizona. The conference was our first introduction to mediumship and afterlife discussions. My husband was actually quite upset when I shared some of the topics of discussion. I did not grow up with a religious background, yet my husband had. He was a faithful, yet silent believer in God, the Bible and all of the major Christian beliefs. Throughout our son's illness, he talked to God, while I talked to doctors and researchers. I prefer objective facts, while my husband just "believed". I had never even thought about what occurred after death until I lost my son. Sometime after his passing, I picked up a book by Dr. Gary Schwartz. And then one by Dr. Mark Pitstick. And Dr. Mary Neal. And Dr. Raymond Moody. Do you see where I am going with this? I felt that "scientific" minded individuals such as medical doctors and scientists were much more credible than anyone else making any afterlife claims. They have reputations to lose by making outrageous claims.  I wanted to know if it could be proved that the soul or "something" continued to exist after death. And so I reserved my spot at the Helping Parents Heal Conference to hear some of these scientific claims for myself. I was not entirely interested in the medium's claims, and my husband was even less interested.

After watching the mediums present, I won't say that our eyes were "opened", but it was certainly an intriguing thought.  So several months after the conference, I built up the courage to ask my husband for a reading. I was worried about what he would think of me. But he agreed, so I asked my friend Irene Vouvalides, whom I had only met on facebook because of the HPH conference, for a recommendation. When she gave your name, I reminded my husband that we had watched you present and we had to fight for seating because it was packed. 

In the weeks leading up to our reading, I was consumed with thoughts of proof and evidence. How will I know that you really were communicating with my son? What if you found our social media accounts? Should I come up with a test word or something? I did everything I could think of to prevent you from finding our online presence. I used an email account that I rarely used to book you. I used my PayPal account with my maiden name. I gave you no indication of who we had lost. I kept all correspondence with you as brief as possible. 

I did focus my thoughts on one topic, hoping that my 'proof' would come through. My son's name is Reid. I asked Reid to give proof of his name. To show a book or of someone reading. That would be a sign to me but would seem insignificant or general to someone else. I won't recite our entire reading, but here are the statements that you made, all within the first 5 minutes of the reading:
(In discussing Reid's grandmother) "I see your son reading to her" There is something in that; his reading seems to be pretty significant. "I get visions of a school and books," "I get the sense of him in a library running down the aisles."

It was at this point that I told you that his name is Reid. If I had to pick out the most convincing information provided from our reading, this is certainly it. Even as you were reading, you didn't understand the significance of it. You thought it was about him learning to read, or loving school, but it had so much more meaning than you knew. Many other things were said that were just as accurate, however, my 'proof' was exactly what I needed to hear. 

Finally, I must admit that I put you through a test about 6 months later. My sister, who was also very close to my son, had expressed a desire to get a reading and potentially hear from Reid. I told her that as much as I believed that you were genuine, I still felt that there could have been even better precaution measures to take, to truly ensure that you could not be doing a 'hot reading.' That's the funny thing about doubt; it creeps its ugly head the further out you get from an event. "Did I remember that correctly?" "What if...." So I told my sister that when she booked a reading, that I would help her make it truly anonymous.  I insisted that she book with you, to test you. I made the statement numerous times to her and my husband. " The best possible proof would be if Jake recognizes that he had met this spirit before."  If you truly could not connect her to us, then it would be an outrageous claim to recognize a spirit from a previous reading. 
Well, you did not recognize him during my sister's reading. You identified him accurately but did not make any claims of recognition or familiarity. Until halfway through her reading. And then you gave even more than we had hoped. "I am being told that I have met him before. That I have read him and we have spoken before."

You made a statement about reading hundreds of spirits and not recognizing all of them. I even think you apologized for not recognizing him. But in not recognizing him, you proved to us once again, that he was really there. You allowed him to tell you something that you did not and could not have known. 

I want to offer my sincerest thanks for giving us the greatest gift we have ever received. A gift of hope that our sweet boy carries on and that we will be together again someday. We have begun to heal from our loss and have created a nonprofit organization in Reid's honor, Team Reid Charities. We have raised over $60,000 to go towards a splash park for our local community to serve as a memorial to Reid. We continue to raise funds for childhood cancer research. We also supplied all 16 rooms on the pediatric oncology floor with XBox Ones and dozens of games for our local children's hospital. We have turned our grief into a way to keep our sweet boy's memory alive and help others. 
I have attached two photos of our precious light. We have registered for the next HPH conference in South Carolina and look so forward to seeing you once again in person and relaying our gratitude for your gift.  Thank you so very much for bringing us closer to our son. We cannot thank you enough.

Zoe English:

Jake connected me with my daughter in an AMAZING reading yesterday; his information was just incredible. I’ve been going over the evidential details he gave me both about her life and death on earth and what she is up to now, in her “elsewhere.” He nailed so many things, my head is still spinning. He described her personality perfectly – or I should say, SHE came through loud and clear, larger than life (which she always was). Jake totally zeroed in on her, offering details about her past, her illness, her pet name, and her last days he could not possibly have known – things even I didn’t know but make total sense in context. I was so excited and relieved to hear that she is continuing the work she did and loved here on earth, that she is happy and fine, that she feels close to us. My despair at losing her is so much less, I feel a quietness and peace that allowed me to sleep easily last night for the first time since her death. I can’t wait to get my CD and listen to it.

Irene Vouvalides:

My reading with Jake left me with no doubt of his ability to connect with our loved ones on the other side. His work as an evidential medium is simply amazing, the last session we had together he connected me with a childhood friend who had died 45 years ago, I hadn’t thought about her in decades yet there she was. Jake was able to describe her, her age when she passed as well as her cancer. He is blessed with a gift of mediumship and I know he will not disappoint anyone having a session with him.

Beth D'Angelo:

I recommend Jake Samoyedny for anyone who has a desire to not only connect with their loved one but to find a sense of peace and awareness that they are still connected and that death is only a concept we have inherited. My son died in a car accident at age nineteen. Jake was able to bring Sean’s personality and his physical being into a reading that was incredibly accurate. The details of his unusual accident was spot on and mind blowing. What I came away from was Sean was responsible for the details of his leaving and that he and I are still very much working on life together. Jake went a bit further and shared with me a Soul Reading.

The loss of my child will always be a part of my life experience. Jake helped me hold the details in a way that has brought much joy, love and hope that life is worth this experience. I would have another reading with Jake anytime.

Tracy Soussi:

A few weeks ago, I had a sitting with the “Compassionate Medium” Jake Samoyedny.  As he was explaining to me how he did his evidential reading, he said someone was already coming through.  Jake asked me if I had a son who passed, I said I did.  He asked me if my son or I was very religious.  Then he said he was just going to give it to me as he heard it.  He said he felt the need to sing me a hymn.  He sang “Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen”.  My son’s name is “Aymen”.  Pronounced just like Jake sang it….AMAZING!

Throughout my reading everything was extremely accurate including details of his sisters, finance and father.  Aymen had messages for all of them and wanted me to know he was great and not to worry anymore.   Through Jake I knew it was Aymen especially from specific humorous things he said that only I would know.

Jake mentioned the name Maria.  Both of my girls were here visiting me during this time of my reading.  When we were driving home from the airport I was telling them a story about Maria, my oldest daughter’s and Aymen’s first nanny.  No one knew of the conversation but the 3 of us in the car.  Well, I should say the 4 of us since Aymen obviously heard the conversation.  
While I was inside having my reading, my older daughter was sitting on the back deck working on her computer.  Out of nowhere fluttered down a feather from the sky and landed on her laptop sticking to the keys. Feathers are the sign that we receive from Aymen the most.  During the reading with Jake, he told me that one of my daughters cries in the shower often.  I asked her when she came to show me the feather and she said that she had just told her younger sister that for some reason she cries a lot in the shower.

As part of the reading, Jake provides you with a CD of the session.  Each time I listen to it, I hear more validations.  The other day after I dropped my youngest daughter off  at the airport and on the drive home I listened to the CD from Jake.  I started to cry, missing my son and I asked Aymen to give me a sign.  I looked up and look at the car that was in front of me!!!  I pray this gives hope to everyone that our beloved children are still and always with us.

John Gioeli:

I wanted to personally thank you for the reading you provide to my wife and I. The reading was the most amazing experience I have ever had. I’ve connected with my son before but never on this intense level. You shared so many specif things that you could not have known that it was so wonderful to hear from him. Knowing that he wore a Fedora and his deep connection to his musical abilities was pure proof to me. Your reading has opened me up to how much more is possible in being in communication with loved ones that have passed on. I now know how to continue to look for signs that are sent my way and to provide praise to encourage more of the same. There is so much more to look for now that you have help with bringing this to my awareness. Soon after your reading with me, I experienced events such as a familiar song playing from one of our devises that we had not turned on. What a sign from beyond that I was in contact. I highly recommend to anyone that wants to experience a communication with loved ones that have passed, to take advantage of a reading with you. Thank you so much.


Lisa Laniewski:

My husband and I were so thrilled to meet Jake Samoyedny at the first annual HPH Conference in April and were disappointed that we were not able to get a reading with him while we were in Arizona due to his busy schedule. He asked us to contact him upon our return home, and we were ecstatic that he was able to fit us in quickly.

Although Jake initially had difficulty bringing our daughter Amber in, once he did, many details filled in nicely. He was able to really peg her personality – her sense of humor and sarcastic wit, her strong relationship with her brother, etc. But one thing puzzled him. He said, “So what’s up with the hair? She’s showing me her dark hair but there’s something really different going on….like she really wants me to acknowledge this.”

I told Jake that Amber had been blessed with really naturally dark curly hair, which she absolutely HATED after she reached the age of about 8. She would sleek her hair back when she was young, put it in hair ties, anything to “tame” it down. When she became a teen, she used all kinds of products to straighten it and used hair straighteners to get rid of all the curl and frizz. It didn’t matter how many people told her that her natural curls were gorgeous, and they would give anything to have those thick waves….she wasn’t convinced.

Later in the reading, Jake said she was bringing up the hair again. He talked about it being really “wild”, and I laughed because some of our favorite pictures of Amber are when she was little, either holding her little brother or just being a little kid, and her wild curly hair depicted her “Free Bird” side! It was a great validation.

As we were getting close to the end of the reading, Jake brought up her hair AGAIN. He said, “I don’t know why she is bringing up the hair again, but I just want to say it. She keeps making reference to the hair.” It was then that I asked Jake if he would like me to tell him why she was likely bringing it up over and over again.

You see, throughout the entire phone reading, I was holding my daughter’s round hairbrush (which I keep stored in a Ziploc bag). When I found that hairbrush among her things, I knew I would be forever grateful to have it, because it looked like she hadn’t cleaned it out in MONTHS! It was literally jam packed with her hair! I sat there, talking with Jake on the phone, with my fingers literally threaded throughout my daughter’s hair! I never said a word about it. But apparently she was letting him know time after time after time.

Cynthia LoFaso:

I have always felt very fortunate to live near Lily Dale, NY. I've gone to the Lily Dale Assembly Spritiualist community for countless visits and readings for most of my adult life, before my daughter passed and twice since. My father grew up a mile from the gates, so this place has always held intrigue and fascination for me, along with a bit of nostalgia. I went for another visit and had the absolute pleasure of having a reading with Jake Samoyedny. I brought a friend with me (also a bereaved parent) who had never been to a medium. Jake was amazing! He was very patient, took the time to explain to us how he works, instantly put my friend at ease (she was super nervous) and then gave us each a reading. He brought my friend's son through for her as well as my daughter for me. I could go on and on about all the amazing things that came up during the readings..further validation for me, for sure, and an amazing step forward for my friend. Thank you, Jake! I feel like the weight of my grief is lighter today. I am so grateful to have made the connection with you through HPH. What a blessing both this group, and the mediums connected with it, are, at Lily Dale Assembly, Inc.

Claudia Milligan:

I had a reading with Jake Samoyedny last week on my son’s birthday. Oh my goodness! I so highly recommend him. It was FUN! My David was so clearly there and I got a lot of insight and information that was really helpful. Best ever reading...and that’s saying a lot!

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