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To capture the recent reconnection with his old college professor Morrie Schwartz at Brandeis University , author Mitch Albom published the memoir Tuesdays with Morrie. Diagnosed with ALS,  better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Morrie has already lost his ability to walk and will eventually to suffocate him to death. Through their reconnection, Mitch and Morrie begin to meet every Tuesday to discuss the different problems they face and the meaning of life. During one of their meetings, Morrie told Mitch an important aphorism not to worry when he dies because, “Death ends a life not a relationship”(174). Not only does this mean  that because someone dies, the memories you made with that person and relationship you had with them still exists, but also that it just had to be adjusted for the time being because they are no longer able to talk and connect with you physically. I am able to connect with this aphorism personally by experiencing the death of someone with whom I have had a close relationship; I am still able to connect with my grandfather through different ways since his death.  Remembering the wonderful memories and lessons that he taught me keeps his spirit alive and allows our relationship to go on and influence my life and decisions I make. Of course, it may be difficult to adjust to the difference to the existing relationship, but a death doesn’t mean it ends.

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