Friends and family

Friends and family, today we all gather here to acknowledge the death of our beloved Morrie Schwartz. Morrie Schwartz was a remarkable person, a loving husband, a caring father and a phenomenal professor. His loving personality has touched the lives of many people around him, including his students, family and friends.
During the time I spent with Morrie he taught me many lessons and gave me guidance toward life, his words significantly changed my perspective on life. I have learned from Morrie, many valuable lessons that we tend to forget as we live our daily lives. I knew Morrie was different as soon as I walked through the doors into Morrie’s classroom. As soon as I walked in through the door I was greeted with Morrie’s special smile. When class started, Right off the bat, Morrie said, “I hope that one day, you think of me as your friend.” And let me tell you, Morrie was a lot more than just a friend to me. He was my best friend, my mentor and my coach. .
Morrie was like no one I’d ever met before. He had a completely different view of lifeā€¦and death. He used to say, “Once you learn to die, and you’ll learn to live. At first I didn’t quite understand him but now after he passed away, I believe the meaning of that philosophy is one must accept the possibility of one’s own death before they can truly appreciate what they have on earth.
Morrie was a strong believer in disregarding popular culture, and living life on our own terms. He used to say, “sometimes you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it. Create your own. “He always told us that society shouldn’t be allowed to determine what values you want to follow choose for yourself.
Morrie had great communication skills many of us don’t use. When Morrie was with you, he was really with you. He looked you straight in the eye, and he listened as if you were the only person in the world.
Morrie also possessed the rare talent to make any situation bright and optimistic. During the painful progress of his illness, there were many embarrassing and unpleasant situations that he was put through, yet he never complained and the atmosphere around him was always rosy and positive.
Someone once asked Morrie if he was afraid of being forgotten after he was gone, and I know I speak for everyone present here when I say Morrie was such an amazing personality, that he wouldn’t be forgotten for ages. As Morrie once said “Death ends a life, not a relationship.”