Cafe Mortal

An exploration into the changing attitudes surrounding death and dying

We are excited to be participating in Casa Azul’s sixth annual signature event, Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. Our Café Mortal group will be creating an original ofrenda (altar) in memory of our dearly departed facilitator Stimp Hawkins. The tradition of the ofrenda is to honor the loss of one or more loved ones or the loss of one or more prominent community member(s).  The ofrendas will be open to the public for exhibition Friday, November 4th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, November 5th from 11:00am to 4:00pm. The event will be held at the Greensboro Public Library located on 219 N Church Street. Greensboro, NC at the Nussbaum room. To learn more contact Lia Miller at 336-253-0856 or

About Cafe Mortal

Café Mortal is an informal monthly gathering, providing a comfortable context to overcome personal fears and explore changing attitudes surrounding death and dying — our own, as well as family and friends. Open to the public with limited seating and no charge to attend, Similar to Death Cafe, meetings take place the first Thursday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m usually at Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro. In addition to open discussions, Cafe Mortal invites guest speakers when appropriate and may take field trips to destinations of interest such as funeral homes or to watch movies with themes around death and dying.

Cafe Mortal is a program of Creative Aging Network-NC with sponsorship from Lambeth-Troxler Community Care. It was inspired by a Swiss discussion group of the same name, arising from the French ‘Philosophy Cafés” that originated in the 20th century. In other areas, the discussion group is known as Death Cafés with the similar purpose of establishing a forum where a typically taboo subject becomes acceptable and inspiring.

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Listen to Stimp Hawkins and Lia Miller on WUNC State of Things

Links of Interest

Cafe Mortal Facebook Page

Dying to Talk

Death Cafe

Death Cafe Asheville

Death Cafe Greensboro

Death Cafe Raleigh

Death Cafe Winston-Salem

Death Over Dinner

The Conversation Project

Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Piedmont 

MOST and DNR forms




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