Morrie Schwartz, a man dying from ALS, makes death a natural thing to talk about. Morrie knows that he is about to die, but he doesn't fear death, he just accepts it. Morrie talks to Mitch about how he wants death to be an easy and natural thing to talk about. Morrie doesn't let ALS take over his life, instead he lives his life to the fullest and takes it in as a life lesson with meaningful subjects. Morrie decided to have a living funeral where his friends and family talk about his life and share stories so that he can hear what would be said at his funeral. The O.J. Simpson trial had just started to take place in this chapter. Morrie was on Nightline to talk about ALS and his life experience. Morrie wrote a letter to one of his colleagues whos mother suffered from ALS. Morrie is opening up more to having ALS and becoming more confident with talking about it.
Morrie says, "'Learn how to die, and you learn how to live'" (Albom 83).
The Grim Reaper is a symbol for this novel. Morrie is talking about his death throughout this chapter. The Grim Reaper comes and collects the soul of the dead; this shows that Morrie is coming closer to his death.
The message readers should take away from this chapter is to except death and be able to show your emotions freely. We all die, so why is it such a hard topic to talk about? Morrie wants people to feel like it's okay cry and it's okay to talk about death. Morrie talks about living your life to the fullest no matter what.