About Induced After-Death Communication (IADC)

After years of a growing number of psychotherapists using IADC with thousands of patients, we have come to these profound conclusions:

After-death communication (ADC) seems to occur in about 66-75% of people who participate in IADC therapy.

Many patients report similar experiences as described by people who have had a near-death experience (NDE) or after-death communication (ADC), although we suggest that the experience of feeling a reconnection with a deceased loved one is the critical activity without implying the source of the perception.

IADC therapy offers a method of relieving the prolonged suffering of thousands of people. Consistent clinical observations indicate that IADC therapy heals the deep sadness associated with a loved one’s death, and the results hold up over time.

Independent, controlled scientific studies, such as those conducted by Dr. Janice M. Holden at the University of North Texas and Dr. Claudio Lalla in Italy, have provided empirical evidence to support the efficacy of IADC therapy in the treatment of grief and traumatic loss. Dr. Tom Nehmy at the University of Adelaide in Australia has begun research on IADC. Read more about Dr. Nehmy’s research at

The therapy method also provides researchers with a psychological event sufficiently similar to NDE and ADC to use in understanding the nature of these phenomena and why they so dramatically relieve people’s grief. And while IADC therapy is unusual and will continue to be controversial until it becomes commonly used, anyone who wishes to verify its efficacy may explore the method personally by engaging in sessions with a qualified therapist and experiencing IADC firsthand.


ADC Resources

If you would like more information about after-death communication (ADC), we encourage you to refer to the following resources for more information:

After-Death Communication Fact Sheet
This fact sheet developed by Dr. Jenny Streit-Horn provides a summary of information about ADC gathered through a systematic review of ADC research conducted between 1894-2006.

After-Death Communication
A site developed by Bill and Judy Guggenheim (who first coined the term “after-death communication”). Their book, Hello From Heaven! is a seminal work in the field of after-death communication.

After Death Communication Research Foundation
“After Death Communication, Nearing End of Life Events (NELE), Death Bed Visions (DBV) stories, information and research. People share their stories, learn more about the afterlife, and reading the stories helps to cope with grief.” — ADCRF

International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS)
IANDS’ purpose is to promote responsible, multi-disciplinary exploration of near-death and similar experiences, their effects on people’s lives, and their implications for beliefs about life, death, and human purpose. IANDS has an international conference every year and provides many resources and support options for individuals who have had near-death experiences, after-death communication, shared death experience, and other similar experiences.


IADC Research

Botkin, A.L. (2000). The induction of after-death communications utilizing eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing: A new discovery. The Journal of Near Death Studies, 18(3), 181-209.

Botkin, A.L. and Hannah, M.T. (2013) Brief report: Psychotherapeutic outcomes reported by therapists trained in induced after-death communication. The Journal of Near Death Studies, 31(4), 221-224.

Botkin, A.L. and Hogan, R.C. (2005). Induced After Death Communication: A New Therapy for Healing Grief and Traumatic Loss. Hampton Roads Publishing Company.

Hannah, M.T., Botkin, A.L., Marrone, J.G., & Streit-Horn, J. (2013). Induced after-death communication: an update. The Journal of Near Death Studies, 31(4), 213-220.

Holden, J. M., St. Germain-Sehr, N. R., Reyes, A., Loseu, S., Schmit, M. K., Laird, A., Weintraub, L., St. Germain-Sehr, A., Price, E., Blalock, S., Bevly, C., Lankford, C., Mandalise, J. (in press). Comparative effects of Induced After-Death Communication and traditional talk therapy on grief. Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement.

St. Germain-Sehr, N. R. & Maxey, G. A. (in press). Case studies in Induced After-Death Communication (IADC). Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement.

Valdez, C., Jordan, J. R., & Botkin A. (2022). Induced After-Death Communication. In Neimeyer, R. A. (Ed.). New techniques of grief therapy: Bereavement and beyond. (pp. 280-283). Routledge.

Current IADC Research Study in Australia

Dr Tom Nehmy, Director of Healing Grief International and Principal Psychologist at has commenced a research study for 2023-24 through the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide.

It is open to Australian English-speaking adults who are seeking assistance for sadness associated with grief. Grief must be their primary presenting issue (as opposed to other psychological concerns) and the therapy is limited to two sessions.

For more information, see

Dr. Botkin’s Research

Botkin, A.L., Paddock, K., Lambert, D.F., and Lipke, H.J. (1998). The intensive trauma program (ITP) at the North Chicago VA Medical Center: A new approach to the treatment of traumatic memories. Presented at the Hines VA PTSD Outcome Symposium (September 24, 1998).

Botkin, A.L., Schamltz, L.W., and Lamb, D.H. (1977). Overloading the left hemisphere in right-handed subjects with verbal and motor tasks. Neuropsychologia, 15, 591-596.

Dalton, J.E., Pederson, S.L., McFarland, R.E., & Botkin, A.L. (1991). Profile of the PTSD personality research form. VA Practitioner, 8(8), 61-66.

Houston, B.K., Olson, M., and Botkin, A.L. (1972). Trait anxiety and beliefs regarding danger and threat to self-esteem. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 38(1), 152-156.

Lipke, H.J., & Botkin, A.L. (1992). Case studies of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychotherapy, 29, 591-595.