“Grey’s Anatomy” Celebrated Dia De Los Muertos And I Cried The Entire Time
For the past 15 seasons, I’ve been watching “Grey’s Anatomy” religiously. The show’s dramatic life-or-death plots, not to mention their love stories, has drawn in me for years and I love it to pieces.
However, I was super heartbroken when actress Sara Ramirez, who played Callie Torres, left the show. She was the only featured Latina who brought some of my culture to this show.
It’s only been recently, in the last year or so that they’ve taken on some issues close to my heart. In one episode last season, they focused on a doctor that had DACA status. She, the only Latina on the show, had to unfortunately leave the country because she was undocumented.
Last night, “Grey’s Anatomy” focused their episode on my favorite holiday: Día de los Muertos.Grey’s Anatomy / ABC
While the show always deals with patients suffering from all kinds of health issues, the doctors embraced Día de los Muertos thanks to a little girl that needed surgery.
The episode titled “Flowers Grow Out of My Grave” featured a little girl named Flor, who’s entire family stayed in her hospital room to give her support while she prepared for surgery.
The show typically makes me cry, but seeing this Latino family celebrate Día de los Muertos on prime-time TV was too much!
In the clip above, Flor’s family is playing music and singing the classic song “El ultimo trago” made famous by Chavela Vargas.
I took one look at Flor and her family, and it reminded me so much of the time I was little and was in the hospital for months after a car accident.Grey’s Anatomy / ABC
My family was also by my bedside every single day. If they couldn’t be with me because of work, they would make sure someone would be there so I wouldn’t be alone.
Thankfully Flor’s surgery was minor because I truly thought to myself, if she dies I’m gonna lose it. I say that because I know very well people on this show die left and right. No one is safe.
It was really special to see the non-Latino doctors embrace Día de los Muertos. Each of them discussed someone special that had died.
Maggie: Hi, mom.
— JustinChambersOnline (@JChambersOnline) November 2, 2018
The Latino family told the doctors that Día de los Muertos isn’t necessarily to mourn those that have died, but more to celebrate their life. However, I think because some of the doctors were new to this holiday, they couldn’t help but feel sadness when thinking of their loved ones.
It was especially cool to see Ellen Pompeo — aka — Dr. Meredith Grey wearing a marigold flower for most of the episode.
Meredith Grey has seen her fair share of death on the show. She’s probably experienced more death than anyone.
Here’s a list of everyone that has died — that has been close to Meredith — since the show began:
- Her mother.
- Her husband.
- Her sister.
- Her best friend.
- And countless colleagues.
The Latina grandmother informed Meredith that our loved ones, even though they have passed, are always with us.
"The marigolds are beautiful."
"They say that they help guide our ancestors' spirits back to us. The veil between and the spirit world is very thin. The marigolds, the photos, the mementos…they help guide them to us." #GreysAnatomy pic.twitter.com/RFhqBEHHK8
— Ellen Pompeo Source (@PompeoSource) November 2, 2018
After that special moment between the two, those words must have really resonated with Meredith because after that something insane happened.
Meredith’s dead family and friends appeared on the show!!Grey’s Anatomy / ABC
All of those people pictured, aside from Meredith, including the dog have died. Meaning those characters are no longer on the show, but they made a special appearance, which is huge because they were such beloved people.
People on social media could not contain their emotions.
— ❣️Mae❣️ (@Prettyy_THICK) November 2, 2018
We were truly blindsided.
The mere idea that so many people that were close to her all died is honestly too much.
— V “I Write ALL The Words” Vee Alexander (@VVeeB) November 2, 2018
And yet Meredith goes on like a champ.
Some of us are still not over the fact that these characters are no longer on the show.
— kristina ☕️ (@fctnOVRrlty) November 2, 2018
The only time we get to see them again is in re-runs.
One of the most special moments was hearing an old “Grey’s Anatomy” classic song “Chasing Cars” in Spanish.
— Makalia (@TriniShawdy) November 2, 2018
“We were trying to figure out what song would play over that sequence and Kiley suggested playing an iconic Grey’s song and having it be covered in Spanish,” showrunner Krista Vernoff told The Hollywood Reporter. “That was her idea. As soon as she said it, I said, ‘Oh my God it has to be ‘Chasing Cars!” I mean how many times has that song played? It’s always our go-to. It felt like the most beautiful way to pay tribute to the history of the show while keeping alive the culture that we were celebrating with this episode. We commissioned that song.”
Here’s the Spanish version of “Chasing Cars” by Moon and Sun featuring Israel De Corcho.” But first get some tissues.
Okay, I’ll leave you with that.
¡Feliz dia los Muertos!
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