Jane Hughes Gignoux, a native New Yorker, is the author of An Insistence on Life: Releasing Fear of Death to Fully Live and Some Folk Say: Stories of Life, Death, and Beyond, a collection of stories and poems from cultures around the world and throughout time, with commentary and original color illustrations.
She offers workshops, courses and talks on: "Embracing Life, Death and Beyond;" “Is Death My Enemy?”; “Stories that Heal;” "Visions and Stories of the Afterlife;” “EXIT Plan – for people who love life;" throughout the USA, in Federal Prisons, as well as in San Paulo, Buenos Aires and Bali.
Her new book, An Insistence on Life, is a collection of inspirational real-life stories of how accepting death transforms life. Ms. Gignoux hosts two monthly Death Cafés, informal gatherings whose purpose is "To increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their precious and finite lives."
In August of 2013, she was featured in a national TV news program on Death Cafés and on a Huffington Post live chat. Ms. Gignoux appears in the forthcoming film, “Death Makes Life Possible” being produced by the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, CA. She was an advisor for the Viewer's Discussion Guide accompanying the PBS series that aired in September of 2000 – “On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying”. Her book, Some Folk Say, is listed as a resource in that Guide.
Ms. Gignoux has a background in theatre with a BA in Theatre from Smith College. She has been on the faculties of Wheaton College, Norton, MA, St. Mary's School, Peekskill, NY, and the New York Open Center. She has spent the last thirty-four years studying healing and consciousness in many forms. In the eighties she studied with the energy healer, Barbara Brennan. From 1998 – 2001, she studied with the Ehama Institute learning some of the Earth wisdom teachings of the indigenous people of North America. She has helped found a number of on-going dialogue groups.
Starting in 1984, she was a volunteer play therapist with the HIV and AIDS pediatric patients at Harlem Hospital for eighteen years. She is an active member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ (IONS) and past president of the Friends of IONS based in NYC.
Ms Gignoux is an ordained certified Celebrant, working with couples, families and groups to offer ceremonies of all kinds including funerals and memorials. In addition, she participates in the NYC Metro Anti-Racist Alliance, an affiliate of The People’s Institute of Survival and Beyond.
Sponsors of Workshops and Presentations by Jane Hughes Gignoux
Community Congregational Church of Tiburon, CA
New York Junior League
Colleges, Schools, Seminaries & Universities
Auburn Theological Seminary, NYC
Learning & Healing Centers
Alternatives to Violence Project, FL
Conferences & Festivals
Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, CA
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Hospices, Hospitals & Medical Centers
Cabrini Hospice, NYC
Coalition for OneVoice, NYC
Channel Thirteen, WNET, NYC