They both met back at Brandeis University College in Waltham, MA. While attending Brandeis Mitch Albom, the student, became friends with Morrie Schwatz, the professor. Through the years after graduation Mitch and Morrie drifted apart. Mitch learns that Morrie is terminally ill it's at this point we are introduced to the creation of the title of the book. Mitch visits Morrie every Tuesday to talk about thirteen different topics of Mitch's choice. During these visits we are shown the several stages of death Morrie experienced. The book ends with the death and funeral of Morrie Schwartz.
Once Mitch learned of Morrie's illness, they began the last class of Morrie's life together and together tried to uncover "The Meaning of Life." These meetings included discussions on everything from the world when you enter it to the world when you say goodbye. Morrie Schwartz was a man of great wisdom who loved and enjoyed to see and experience simplicity in life, something beyond life's most challenging and unanswered mysteries. Morrie was a one of a kind teacher who taught Mitch about the most important thing anyone can ever learn: life. He taught Mitch about his culture, about trust, and perhaps most importantly, about how to live.
This book is also an intriguing description of an old mans battle with terminal illness. More specifically that man is suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); a disease that affects the neurological system. There is no cure for this disease, and the only good that can come out of having it is the chance to say goodbye. The chance to educate people on the meaning of life and the chance to give back what so many have given you, Morrie does exactly that, in this novel and in life. During Morrie and Mitch's meetings they agree to do a final thesis on Morrie's death. They meet on Tuesdays and discuss several different topics about life. Mitch films these sessions in hopes of being able to watch them after Morrie's passing, and to help him in writing this thesis.