Monday, 29 April 2013

Death Cafe in New York with Jane Hughes Gignoux

This event is FREE.

Jane Hughes Gignoux, a native New Yorker, is the author of 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 has offered her workshops: "Embracing Life, Death and Beyond," “Is Death My Enemy?”, “Stories that Heal” and "Visions and Stories for the Afterlife: Remapping the Journey" widely throughout the USA, in Federal Prisons, as well as in San Paulo, Buenos Aires and Bali.

Her new book, “An Insistence on Life: Releasing Fear of Death to Fully Live,” will be published in the Fall of 2013. It is a collection of non-fiction anecdotes that she  was either a part of, witness to or was told by one of the principals.

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 faculty of Wheaton College, Norton, MA, St. Mary's School, Peekskill, NY, and the New York Open Center. She has spent the last thirty years studying healing and consciousness in many forms. In the eighties she studied with the energy healer, Barbara Brennan. She also studied with the Ehama Institute, learning some of the traditions of the indigenous peoples of North America. Over the years, she has helped found a number of on-going dialogue groups.

Starting in 1984, she was a volunteer play therapist with the HIV pediatric patients at Harlem Hospital for eighteen years. She is a co-founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ (IONS) Member Council and past president of the Friends of IONS based in NYC.

In 2006 she was a charter member of the Coalition for OneVoice and two years later, founded TreeFriends: Using the Arts to Transform Our Relationship to the Natural World. She is a member of the MillionTreesNYC Educational Committee, offering TreeFriends programs at NYC schools and environmental organizations.

Ms Gignoux is an ordained certified Celebrant, working with couples, families and groups to offer ceremonies of all kinds. She is an active member of the Anti-Racism  Alliance.
A whitewater canoeist and sailor, Gignoux has four children and five grandchildren.

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