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In 1995, photographer Heather Pillar collaborated with Morrie Schwartz during the last six months of Morrie's struggle with ALS.   The project  illustrated Morrie's philosophies through photographs made of family, friends, caregivers, reaching out to community and self-care.

Over a quarter-century later, Morrie's wisdom resonates with many people around the world due to the best-selling memoir to date: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.

Morrie's warmth and vitality comes through in each photograph to illustrate love and loss; caregiving and self-care; family, friends and always community. 

Morrie taught people, including Heather - how to live fulfilling lives with love.  It is by facing fears of death that we learn how to live.


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coming in summer 2024

Memento Morrie: Images of Love and Loss

Daylight Books, publisher

photography juror:  
Karen Haas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Variations 2024

Exhibition dates: April 20 – June 16

'Morrie's Massage' awarded

1st Prize for Photography

My Kickstarter campaign for pre-order of 'Memento Morrie' was successful!
It helps me to spread Morrie's messages about love and loss.

Thank you to my backers.

I will be adding a link to order the book and photographs here soon.

Mini-exhibition events combined with Rob Schwartz book talks

in bookstores now:

The Wisdom of Morrie
Living and Aging Creatively & Joyfully
by Morrie Schwartz
edited by Rob Schwartz

Published by Blackstone, April 2023

Interactive Talk with Rob and Heather

Provincetown Public Library

October 5, 2023 

The Angel Fund Gala for ALS Research
Burlington, MA
September 29, 2023


Book influenceer Jean Stehle with Rob and Heather

Brookline Senior Center

September 27, 2023

Heather, Rob and  Jean Stehle

at Newton Free Library  

May 2023

Essayists for 'Memento Morrie' book

Rob Schwartz

Rob Schwartz author photo

entrepreneur, writer, music & film producer and son of Morrie Schwartz

'The Wisdom of Morrie,' published 2023 by Blackstone and edited by Rob Schwartz is on shelves now.

Dr Stanley Appel

Stanley H Appel M.D. author photo

internationally renowned researcher, neurologist and expert on ALS. 

Dr Appel is creator  and director of the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute's MDA/ALSA ALS Research and Clinical Center in Houston.

Anita Hannig, PhD

Anita Hannig author photo ©David Neff

 author of The Day I Die: The Untold Story of Assisted Dying in America, a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards.

 A leading voice on death literacy and former Brandeis University Associate Professor, Anita Hannig will publish My Death Diary: A Guided Journal for Mortals in 2024.   

Richard Harris

Richard Harris author photo

award-winning television, radio, print, digital and film journalist

Consultant to the nonprofit iCivics, former producer of " NPR's "All Things Considered" and former senior producer of "ABC News Nightline with Ted Koppel.”  

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