illustration of author Mitch Albom sitting next to Morrie Schwartz, who is lying in a bed

Tuesdays With Morrie

by Mitch Albom
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What does Morrie mourn for?

Morrie mourns for the loss of his bodily autonomy and independence.

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Mitch Albom'sTuesdays With Morrie is a book about making the most of life. Its message is primarily positive and does not focus on mourning or regret for what has been lost. However, Morrie admits that he mourns for the health and strength of his body, which are constantly...

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Mitch Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie is a book about making the most of life. Its message is primarily positive and does not focus on mourning or regret for what has been lost. However, Morrie admits that he mourns for the health and strength of his body, which are constantly degenerating. This, of course, is true for everyone, but ALS, the illness from which Morrie suffers, makes the degeneration fast enough to be perceptible. Morrie mourns for the independence and autonomy that good health bestows on a person.

Morrie tries not to dwell on these feelings, which generally come to him early in the morning. However, he learns not to shut them out entirely either. His ideal is to acknowledge the way he feels about the physical changes he is undergoing but then to move on to the positive aspects of his life, focusing on what he wants to achieve while he is still able to do so. Tuesdays With Morrie is a self-help book as well as a memoir, and one of the lessons Albom seeks to teach his readers is how to acknowledge pain and grief without being overwhelmed by them. Morrie's practical, pragmatic approach provides a pattern of how this may be achieved.

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