And that s what he did This man who had inspired so many students, had loved music, and loved to dance was slowly losing his muscle control First, was the need for a cane Shortly after he was diagnosed, Morrie entered his classroom of 30 years, slowly making his way to the front with his cane, and sat down to tell his students there was a risk in taking his class this term he might die before it was over When he attended the funeral of a colleague, using a wheelchair by now, he thought, What a waste, all those people saying all those wonderful things, and Irv never got to hear any of it So Morrie gathered some friends and family together one Sunday afternoon for what he called a living funeral They laughed, they cried, told stories, and paid tribute, and it was a rousing success.
Mitch made a phone call after watching the Koppel show, and went to pay his coach a visit It was the beginning of what became known to both Mitch and Morrie, as his final course how one faces death with a class of one Mitch retells the story interspersed with flashbacks to memories chapters in italics from his childhood, teen years, university life with Morrie, and his post graduation life until the memories merge with the times he spent on Tuesdays as he watched his coach become and dependent, less able to stand the pain, and unable to so much as move his own head an inch or two Mitch s own life had become one of fevered pace, usually doing 5 things at once, jetting around to cover sports events, writing for newspaper, magazines, and doing television he knew he was no longer the same student Morrie remembered But, the affection was still there, and a new chapter began.
Despite his approaching death, it seemed to Mitch that Morrie was clear about everything in life that was important, and what was not Morrie always said Mitch could ask anything, so after his third Tuesday visit, Mitch made a list of things he wanted to get clear about, certain that Morrie would be able to help him find that clarity He wrote, Death, Fear, Aging, Greed, Marriage, Family, Society, Forgiveness, A meaningful life They discussed all this and religion, and afterlife, being with someone in the present, and, how to say goodbye It was an opportunity for Mitch to re examine his life choices he made, dreams he bartered away for things It was a way to say goodbye.
This edition marks the 10th anniversary of the first publishing and contains an afterward from Mitch It has been printed in dozens of countries and translated into many languages, made into a movie and performed as a stage play it has become curriculum in many colleges and universities, and can be found in funeral homes, hospices, churches, and synagogues It is full of wonderful, gentle wisdom not just for dying, or coping with the death of a loved one, but for living, and for living fully There are many things I could tell you about this book, but the main thing is that reading it will inspire you, and bless you It will enable you to live well.
An absolutely fabulously written eye opener for any all to read, especially today It s amazing refreshing how the people we meet daily can bear such significance to the real meaning of life s most precious gift LOVE That s why I m happy to have taken the time to stop and enjoy this book Live funerals should be a way of life, which is too short.
no sense in mourning the could have should have said moments, when the decedent can t hear one s kindness and love My Mom recommended this book to me and I must pass it on to others Great work, Mitch Albom, when it s genuine and you weren t even trying to impress so many readers with your unique and absolutely refreshing style Keep it real always A kind reminder of what life is all about Things we normally forget or take for granted because of our crazy busy lives, as well as our greedy and unforgiven culture Morrie was a guy who used to walk the talk and had this last opportunity to share his thoughts with the rest of the world through Mitch Albom.
Morrie left a legacy for us Not a business empire or an invention that changed the world Just a few well, many words of wisdom from a down to earth man who lived like a gentlemen and made a positive contribution to society while passing through this planet We all should leave something good behind, so humanity can evolve in the right direction.
One of the most deeply moving books I have read Infact, I have read it numerous times To my mother, my dear friend who is legally blind,have given it as gifts to friends I have seen the DVD, and watched a live theatrical performance Need I say Mitch Album s wonderful narrative make for an easy yet touching read.
If this book doesn t touch you deeplyI don t know what will.
S This book will be appealing to mature readers Young readers like my teenage son may not really appreciate some of Life s Lessons discussed in the novel since they are yet to experience the multiple facets of life.
I had a friend whose dad died of ALS and I really wanted to share this book but was afraid to offend I asked his wife it I should share it and she said it would be fine He read the book on the way home to Canada from Europe At first reading he was furious at me as he said he had lived the experience taking care of his dad and did not need to read about it He also knew I would not share the book if it wasn t important so he kept reading Imagine a 250 pound male on an airplane alternating between laughing and crying and you have the impact of the book on someone who has been through ALS He thanked me for putting the disease in a different perspective.
A must read and a good book to share.
Maybe It Was A Grandparent, Or A Teacher, Or A ColleagueSomeone Older, Patient And Wise, Who Understood You When You Were Young And Searching, Helped You See The World As A Profound Place, Gave You Sound Advice To Help You Make Your Way Through ItFor Mitch Albom, That Person Was Morrie Schwartz, His College Professor From Nearly Twenty Years AgoMaybe, Like Mitch, You Lost Track Of This Mentor As You Made Your Way, And The Insights Faded, And The World Seemed ColderWouldn T You Like To See That Person Again, Ask The Bigger Questions That Still Haunt You, Receive Wisdom For Your Busy Life Today The Way You Once Did When You Were Younger Mitch Albom Had That Second ChanceHe Rediscovered Morrie In The Last Months Of The Older Man S LifeKnowing He Was Dying, Morrie Visited With Mitch In His Study Every Tuesday, Just As They Used To Back In CollegeTheir Rekindled Relationship Turned Into One Final Class Lessons In How To Live Tuesdays With Morrie Is A Magical Chronicle Of Their Time Together, Through Which Mitch Shares Morrie S Lasting Gift With The World