Memento Morrie: Images of Love and Loss

Heather Pillar

Book Details
ISBN-13: 9781954119345
102 pages; 44 Duotone Photographs
8 x 10 inches
$50 US

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Photographs by Heather Pillar

Essays by Rob Schwartz, Dr. Stanley H. Appel, Richard Harris, and Anita Hannig


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.


Heather Pillar, photographer and teacher, has lived, taught and photographed in seven countries over four continents during the past 25 years. Her personal and collaborative photographic projects reveal her ongoing interest in women, girls, education and aging.

Rob Schwartz is an entrepreneur, writer, music and film producer, and son of Morrie Schwartz. Schwartz is editor of The Wisdom of Morrie (Blackstone Press, 2023) and is a producer of Onetopia, a benefit festival for mental health.

Stanley H. Appel, MD is a neurologist and internationally renowned researcher. Dr. Appel is creator and director of the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute’s MDA/ALSA ALS Research and Clinical Center in Texas, the Peggy and Gary Edwards Distinguished Chair for the Treatment and Research of ALS at the Houston Methodist Research Institute.

Richard Harris is an award-winning television, radio, print, digital, and
film journalist Harris is a consultant to the nonprofit iCivics, former producer of NPR’s All Things Considered, and former senior producer of ABC News’s Nightline with Ted Koppel.

Anita Hannig is a leading voice on death literacy and a former Brandeis University associate professor whose book My Death Diary: A Guided Journal for Mortals will be published in 2024. Hanning also authored The Day I Die: The Untold Story of Assisted Dying in America, a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards