What We’ve Learned in Two Decades Without Morrie

By Richard Harris

Rob Schwartz has visited his father’s grave outside Boston countless times. But his trip this week — which required a flight from Tokyo — had special meaning because he and many others are marking the 20th anniversary of the death of his dad, Morrie Schwartz. Yes, his dad is that Morrie, as in Tuesdays with Morrie, the biggest-selling memoir in publishing history, by Mitch Albom.

Less than two years passed from the time Morrie was diagnosed with the incurable ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, until he died in November 1995. In that short span, the late Brandeis University sociology professor may have done more to lift the veil on death than anyone since Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, who literally wrote the book “On Death and Dying” in 1969.

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November 12th, 2015