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By Natalie Abruzzo
Halloween ramps-up all things paranormal, but for ghost hunters, investigators, and para-psychologists, the after life is more than a once-a-year gimmick. Delving into the world of the paranormal is a life calling leading to discovery, and leaving open the possibility that our spirit lives forever.
Gary Galka, an inventor and engineer, has made a career out of building and selling test-measurement tools for the cable, medical and textile industries. But when his eldest daughter, Melissa, died as a result of a car crash in 2004, he turned his scientific skill-set into a paranormal business.
Galka and his family began to receive what they call, “after death communications,” from Melissa. Sometimes in the form of the sent of her perfume or the feeling of a kiss to the forehead or an embrace. These events were comforting and helped them begin to heal. So, he created a series of paranormal investigator tools, for the professional and amateur ghost hunter because he, “wanted to provide a means to an end for other people so that they too could maybe share in some of the experience that I had indirectly through the use of a physical device.”
The Mel Meter, named after his daughter, Melissa, was the first device introduced to the market in 2008. Since then, he has seen a real connection between the ghost gadgets and coping with loss.
Galka’s company donates part of the profits from the sale of the paranormal devices to grieving support groups, such as The Cove Center for Grieving Children and Mary’s Place A Center for Grieving Children in Connecticut.