Tuesdays With Morrie is a book about living, dying, and staying connected with people who influenced a person in the past. Morrie Schwartz was a former professor (at Brandeis University) of a well-known sportswriter from Detroit, Mitch Album. When Mitch learns that Morrie has Lou Gehrig’s disease (also known as ALS), he begins to visit his former professor every Tuesday for fourteen weeks. The two men talk about various aspects of life and about what is really important in life.
Throughout his visits, Mitch watches Morrie’s health deteriorate. However, he realizes that he is still learning a great deal from his former professor. Morrie remains very positive even though he has a fatal disease, as he realizes that it gives him a chance to reflect on his life and share what he has learned with others. As a result of these meetings, Mitch is also able to reflect on his life. Eventually, Morrie dies from the disease, and Mitch is present when his ashes are spread on the ground.