An Insistence on Life

Inspirational real-life stories of how accepting death transforms life.

Why am I so afraid of death?
How would my life be enhanced if that fear dissolved?

An Insistence on Life grew out of such questions, as well as the personal accounts of death shared with author Jane Hughes Gignoux. By showing us alternative approaches to accepting the end of life with understanding and grace, this remarkable book offers an exciting, inspirational model for embracing life.

A valuable companion to the increasingly popular discussions on the many issues surrounding death and dying, the poignant stories in An Insistence will lead readers on a surprisingly uplifting journey into this delicate topic beyond traditional comfort zones. 

  • Follow a family surrounding their elderly patriarch in his final months, finding all past estrangements erased as love becomes the only medium of exchange.
  • Experience the joy and deep gratitude shared by a group holding sacred “going home” vigils.
  • Discover the common threads woven throughout the stories as you encounter authentic moments of people who generously share the lessons they've learned about releasing fear and the transformation that ensues.

“Life is essentially a matter of storytelling,” says Ms. Gignoux. ”We can’t always control the events of our lives but we can choose how we interpret them. When we simply allow life’s journey to flow, exploring death and dying when it comes into view, our fears dissolve, enabling a deeper and expanded freedom to live."

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.”