Learning to Live Again

Before Mitch Albom was the best-selling author of Tuesdays with Morrie, he was an award winning sports writer. Then one evening he saw an interview with a favorite college professor that sent his life in a different direction. He called Morrie Schwartz after the interview, began to visit with him regularly and that is when Tuesdays with Morrie was born. What was initially a very small run of books by the publisher became a movement as people passed the book onto friends. Many would say that Mitch always writes books about dying, but they are really lessons about how to live from those who are dying. (View his segment on CBS Sunday Morning here.)

Mitch and Morrie

Mitch and Morrie

Death and the grief that is attached to it can be paralyzing for those left behind. One of the most difficult things about death is learning how to live without the person – and giving yourself the permission to really live. That is so much of what Kate’s Club is about… helping the kids find a way not just to live, but to thrive. As we focus on creating a world where it is okay to grieve, we thought we would share some of the lessons about living to help those who are trying to find their way back.

“Love always wins.”

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even

when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re

chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote

yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote

yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

“ . . . if you really want it, then you’ll make your dream happen.”

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come


“Sometimes you can’t believe what you see; you have to believe what you feel.”

“Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”

“ . . . love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.”

“Don’t let go too soon, but don’t hang on too long.”

“As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we

can die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. All the

memories are still there. You live on—in the hearts of everyone you have touched

and nurtured while you were here.”

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”

“ . . . there is no such thing as ‘too late’ in life.”