Join us in welcoming Jane Hughes Gignoux to our store where she will be leading a discussion on, and signing, her book Some Folk Say: Stories of Life, Death, and Beyond.
Sooner or later we all have to cope with death. What if we were to prepare for our own death with the same care, anticipation, and joy that we give to a child's birth? What would life be like if we could truly make death our friend?
Jane Hughes Gignoux has brought together stories and poems from around the world and throughout time that are suitable for all ages, so to assist in the process of making death a "friend." A few come from sacred scripture. Most of them have been passed down by ordinary folk trying to understand one of the great mysteries: What is the meaning of Death and therefore, of Life?
Since the beginning of time, people have asked:
Why do we die?
What will happen after I die?
What is eternal?
How am I to approach death?
How have I lived my life?
Do I have a soul and, if so, what is to become of it after I die?
How do I deal with my grief at someone else's death?
The stories and poems in this collection addresses these questions so that the reader may gently engage with a difficult but universal subject. The stories have been chosen to open a world of wonder, speculation, and reverie. Enter this world and you will find tales of high adventure, vivid descriptions of other realities, simple wisdom dispensed by colorful characters, and surprising insights that can afford real comfort.
The author's commentary after each section acts as springboard to allow the reader's own reflections and awareness to take off and soar. Stéphen Daigle's evocative illustrations further enhance that journey as he captures the essence of the mystery and truth contained in the tales.
ABOUT THE AUHTOR
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.
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.