DNAinfo New York recently ran a feature article about Jane and the popular Death Cafés she hosts, Upper West Side Death Cafés Don't Shy Away from Making Dying a Laughing Matter.
Book Launch Party Celebrates An Insistence on Life
The National Arts Club book launch brought together people whose stories are profiled in An Insistence, colleagues, family and friends, plus new-comers to the topic of exploring life and death as two aspects of one whole.
The evening was filled with songs, several composed by the performers Marjorie Lipari (Hair, original production) and Barry Keating (Starmites, composer/lyricist). Interspersed with the inspiring music, author Jane Hughes Gignoux read three short excerpts from An Insistence that left people feeling both hope-filled and invigorated. “I never realized death could be so uplifting,” was one comment.
A person whose story appears in the book, confided to Gignoux as she was leaving, “I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your having nurtured my story for all these years.”
Another guest marveled, “I never knew death could be so filled with life and real joy!”
As he approached the author for her signature carrying five copies of An Insistence, one fellow declared with a grin, “These are for my nearest and dearest for the Holidays.”
Jane Hughes Gignoux, a native New Yorker, is the author of An Insistence On Life: Releasing Fear of Death to Fully Live. She offers workshops, courses and talks and hosts monthly Death Cafés in New York City. She appears in the forthcoming film, “Death Makes Life Possible” being produced by the Institute of Noetic Sciences. As an ordained certified Celebrant, she offers ceremonies of all kinds including funerals and memorials. Ms. Gignoux has recently been featured in a national TV news program on Death Cafés and on a Huffington Post live chat. Learn More....