What does Morrie want Mitch to do after he has died in Tuesdays with Morrie?

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On the Twelfth Tuesday, Mitch talks with Morrie about forgiveness as Morrie explains that he once held a grudge against a friend named Norman; he regrets not having forgiven his friend for not having visited his wife after a major operation. Morrie instructs Mitch to not be too proud to forgive. As they continue along, they see a life-like bust of Morrie that Norman made.

After Morrie dies, he wants a tombstone that reads, "A Teacher to the Last." He will be buried “On a hill, beneath a tree, overlooking a pond. Very serene. A good place to think.” Morrie turns to Mitch and requests that Mitch come and talk to him on Tuesdays. There is even a bench for him to sit.

While Mitch pushes Morrie further, the dying teacher tells Mitch,

As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on—in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here.

Morrie wants Mitch to come to the hill, sit with him, and talk because death does not end a relationship. Mitch comes to understand the truth of Morrie's words, and he reaches out to his estranged brother, renewing their relationship. Indeed, he has learned much on his Tuesdays with his teacher Morrie.

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