Morrie and his wife, Charlotte, had been told by his doctor that he is suffering from ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, an incurable disease which attack the neurological system of the body. Morrie feels as if part of him has been killed.
Mitch abandoned his dream of becoming a famous pianist after several years of failed attempts and after the death of his favorite uncle. From then on believes that time is precious and use every moment of life to win money and power. He gained success in journalism.
The first Tuesday, Morrie tells Mitch that the most important thing to learn in life is how to give out love and how to let it come in. Morrie's advice is to live as a person who make love their first priority and money their last. Be a person who is kind, compassionate and accepting of others.
The third Tuesday, they talk about regrets. Morrie tells a lesson on how the culture doesn't encourage people to think about death and regrets until they are nearing their dying day. While they are living, he says they are concerned with material things but they should assess their lives to determine what is there and what is missing from it.
The eight Tuesday, they talk about money. Morrie repeats his lesson that we should not put value on material things. He says that culture has brainwashed us into believing that we can replace love with money. Mitch is now realizing that love is of greater value than money and power.
Charlotte had called the day prior to Mitch's visit to let him know that Morrie had not been doing well.