To the deceased characters of Grey's Anatomy,
I wanted to take this time to reach out and express my deepest apologies. You see, I've been a fan of this show for a few years and, as I do with most stories, I ended up falling in love with the characters. I was introduced to a young man who, at the beginning, had a lot of growing to do in order to become a stellar doctor, a woman who just wanted to be loved by her estranged sister, and a womanizer who learned what the meaning of love and sacrifice truly is. I was devastated when you all suffered tragically. It hurts, even more so now than ever before upon the death of one of the most beloved characters: McDreamy. I was always at loss for the reason behind these past traumatic ends but this particular death brings back all those feelings of horror at the way in which your stories ended.
You didn't get the chance to say goodbye to all those that mattered to you. You didn't get the chance to fully reach your ultimate potential. Your lives were ripped away from you sooner than necessary. However it's not as if you went through a normal sudden death, no, you went through an immensely emotional and painful end. You were not given the justice that you deserved. None of your lives were easy. You all had your overwhelming emotional experiences and they shaped you into the people you should have become. What makes your deaths so unbearable is the loss of not only your life, but your strength, your hope and your ability to continue to strive. The one thing that all the characters in this show have in common is tenacity. You are all inspiring individuals because over the years we saw you face your struggles every single day. You went to work and spent precious time away from family because you were dedicated to your craft. You formed bonds with each other that death could never erase. Your experiences were not of the usual kind, but the way in which you had to learn to deal with them, that was the most relatable aspect of this show. You did what any normal person would do: you grieved, you mourned, you had your moments of utter heartbreak and devastation. But you learned to get up and move on. You showed us that as bad as it can get, eventually you figure out that you're okay, that you will be okay.
Upon hearing the news of the death of Dr. Derek Shepherd I was grief stricken, I was angry and I couldn't believe the writer of this show would take the deaths this far. This death was different. This death was closer to home than the others had been. This was the death of a major character. A major character that has been a part of this show from the very first episode. From the first few minutes of the pilot we were introduced to Derek Shepherd. This death made me reevaluate everything I loved about this show. This death is the reason I'm taking the time to write this letter.
I want to, on behalf of your creator, tell you how immensely sorry I am. I'm sorry your deaths were treated so poorly. I'm sorry you didn't get your happy endings. I'm sorry you weren't treated with the utmost respect and sympathy that you so clearly deserved. I'm sorry your lives ended the tragic way that they did. I'm sorry you didn't get the chance to say 'I love you.' I'm sorry it took until your last moments for people to not only recognize you but remember you as the sweetheart that you are. I'm sorry you didn't get the love story ending that belonged to you. I'm sorry your family and the love of your life has to come to grips with the idea of moving on without you.
And to you, Dr. Meredith Grey, my heart cannot express how much pain I hold for you. You've gone through so many challenges and changes throughout your life. You've never had it easy, you've never truly had a moment of peace, and for that I am sorry. I'm sorry you've had to continually watch as your friends die, or leave, all around you. I'm sorry it seems as if, in the end, everyone leaves. I'm sorry if you feel alone and disconnected from everyone in the world. I'm sorry for the pain all that you've experienced has caused you. You've been through more than your fair share and for that I am proud of you. You are an incredible, talented young woman and I hope someday all the suffering and sorrow ends. I hope one day you won't have to watch as everyone around you falls. I hope you find true happiness in this lifetime.
Maire, a fan who is completely heartbroken.