I’m writing about a new therapy for grief & mourning called the Induced After Death Communication or IADC. I’ve previously written about EMDR Therapy, the psychotherapeutic approach originally developed as a rapid and curative treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Since its development in the early 1990s the use of EMDR Therapy has been expanded as clinicians applied the process to other issues.
One such adaptation of EMDR Therapy is a treatment for unresolved grief called the Induced After Death Communication or IADC. This technique, pioneered in 1995 by Veteran’s Administration Psychologist, Allan L. Botkin, Psy.D, uses a variant of the EMDR Therapy procedure to induce a state of mind where the client or patient becomes receptive to the phenomenon commonly referred to as the ADC or After Death Communication.
This term was coined by Guggenheim and Guggenheim in their book Hello from Heaven and shares common ground with the term NDE or Near Death Experience written about by Raymond Moody, MD in his book Life After Life. According to these authors these phenomena are reported by about 20 percent of the population. They are most typically random and spontaneous events and often involve a vivid and life changing contact with a deceased person with whom they have had some relationship even if only casual. These ADCs are not considered hallucinations. They occur regardless of a person’s religious or spiritual belief or lack thereof.
Dr. Botkin observed this ADC phenomenon while using EMDR Therapy with his patients at the Veteran’s Administration hospital in . They were reporting vivid experiences involving encounters with friends and comrades who had died in the Vietnam War. These experiences were uniformly positive, unexpected and resulted is a significant improvement in their psychological symptoms.