Ellen Pompeo on Death of Derek Shepherd: Meredith Will Face the Impossible

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Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo knows people face tragedies every day, and now she has the opportunity to honor some of what they experience through her portrayal of Meredith after the tragic loss of her beloved husband, Derek.

She agrees Meredith is facing the impossible after Derek's death, and Pompeo took the time to share her thoughts about what's next for her popular character now that he's gone.

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“There are so many people out there who have suffered tremendous loss and tragedy. Husbands and wives of soldiers, victims of senseless violence and parents who have lost children. People who get up each day and do what feels like is the impossible." 

"So it it [sic] for these people and in the spirit of resilance [sic] I am honored And excited to tell the story of how Meredith goes on in the face of what feels like the impossible.”

Are you ready to explore all that Meredith will face without her husband? 

If you missed the tragic loss of Derek, you can watch Grey's Anatomy online via TV Fanatic.

Make sure you tune into Grey's Anatomy Season 11 Episode 22 to find out how Meredith handles things immediately following Derek's death.

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."

CRISTINA: "There's a club. The Dead Dads Club. And you can't be in it until you're in it. You can try to understand, you can sympathize. But until you feel that loss... My dad died when I was nine. George, I'm really sorry you had to join the club."
GEORGE: "I... I don't know how to exist in a world where my dad doesn't."
CRISTINA: "Yeah, that never really changes."