I’ve been a fan of Grey’s Anatomy from the very start and haven’t missed an episode. I’m still watching 17 seasons later. And while the show has had moments that have remained with me over the years, I never thought I’d actually use a line from the show for this column. Until the episode a few weeks ago, which featured the above quote.
If you watch the show, you know that I’m talking about one of the famous beach scenes from the current season. In what I consider a brilliant touch, the writers used main character Meredith Grey’s battle to survive Covid to create a magical beach where she meets previously deceased characters in her dreams. The beach scenes paint a beautiful image of the after life, reassuring us that our loved ones are always with us.
The concept expressed in the above quote is nothing new. Maybe it touched me so deeply because I’m pretty invested in all the Grey’s characters, or maybe it’s because my grief over losing Ruby, even though it’s been almost 18 months, still feels very fresh and raw.
In the show, Lexie goes on to say “As long as you’re alive, you get to feel it, and you get to do something about it.”
And perhaps that is one of grief’s most enduring lessons: the love never dies, it only changes form. And while we’re alive on this plane, until our time comes to join our departed loved ones, we can choose to love, even knowing that love always comes with the risk of loss.