The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Accomplishments

What would you say to Eddie when he laments that he accomplished nothing with his life? Discuss what has he accomplished.

For those of you concerned about source attribution, I’m basing some of my discussion questions on those provided by LitLovers, who got their questions from the publisher of TFPYMIH. I sometimes change how they phrase the questions and leave some out, but I’m using them to guide the general direction of the discussion.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Random Acts

Discuss this quote: “[T]here are no random acts. . . . [W]e are all connected. . . . [Y]ou can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind.”

What is Albom telling us about life and death?

For those of you concerned about source attribution, I’m basing some of my discussion questions on those provided by LitLovers, who got their questions from the publisher of TFPYMIH. I sometimes change how they phrase the questions and leave some out, but I’m using them to guide the general direction of the discussion.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Tala

What does Tala mean when she says “you make good for me”?

Is Eddie’s life penance for what he did to Tala?

What is the significance of Tala pulling Eddie to heaven after he dies and not one of the other people Eddie met?

For those of you concerned about source attribution, I’m basing some of my discussion questions on those provided by LitLovers, who got their questions from the publisher of TFPYMIH. I sometimes change how they phrase the questions and leave some out, but I’m using them to guide the general direction of the discussion.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Marguerite

Why does Marguerite want to be in a place where there are only weddings? How does this relate to her own life and to her relationship and life with Eddie?

Discuss why Eddie is angry at his wife for dying so young.

What does Marguerite mean when she says, “Lost love is still love. It takes a different form. You can’t see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around on the dance floor. But when these senses waken, another heightens. . . . Life has an end. Love doesn’t.” Discuss whether or not you agree with her.

For those of you concerned about source attribution, I’m basing some of my discussion questions on those provided by LitLovers, who got their questions from the publisher of TFPYMIH. I sometimes change how they phrase the questions and leave some out, but I’m using them to guide the general direction of the discussion.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Eddie’s Father

What is Eddie’s father’s response each time Eddie decides to make an independent move, away from working at the pier?

How did Eddie’s father’s choices and decisions shape Eddie’s life?

Share your own experience of a decision your parents made that affected your life, for better or for worse.

How was Eddie damaged by his father’s decisions? Do you agree that “all parents damage their children. It cannot be helped”?

For those of you concerned about source attribution, I’m basing some of my discussion questions on those provided by LitLovers, who got their questions from the publisher of TFPYMIH. I sometimes change how they phrase the questions and leave some out, but I’m using them to guide the general direction of the discussion. 

 

 

The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Ruby

Examine whether or not you agree with the Ruby when she tells Eddie, “You have peace when you make it with yourself.”

Consider what she means when she says, “Things that happen before you are born still affect you. And people who come before your time affect you as well.” How does this relate to Eddie’s life?

Who are some who have come before you that have affected your own life?

For those of you concerned about source attribution, I’m basing some of my discussion questions on those provided by LitLovers, who got their questions from the publisher of TFPYMIH. I sometimes change how they phrase the questions and leave some out, but I’m using them to guide the general direction of the discussion. 

The Five People You Meet in Heaven: The Captain

Think about Eddie’s war experiences and discuss your reactions to Albom’s evocation of war.

What did Eddie learn by being in war? How did he “come home a different man”?

Why did the captain shoot Eddie?

Explore what it means when the captain tells Eddie, “I took your leg to save your life.”

Why does the captain tell Eddie that sacrifice is not really a loss, but a gain? What is the significance of this lesson?

For those of you concerned about source attribution, I’m basing some of my discussion questions on those provided by LitLovers, who got their questions from the publisher of TFPYMIH. I sometimes change how they phrase the questions and leave some out, but I’m using them to guide the general direction of the discussion.