Last night’s GLEE tribute to Cory Monteith was exactly what the doctor ordered for this devout, diehard GLEEk. It was cathartic and real, allowing all of us fans to feel like we were front-row-center at a memorial service for both Finn Hudson and Cory Monteith. From the perfect song choices to the raw emotions of the actors, I felt like the entire episode was handled with grace and dignity and a respect for everyone involved, on both sides of the screen.
I cannot begin to imagine how difficult it was for Lea Michele to sing “Make You Feel My Love,” but I am grateful to her for that performance, and to all of her fellow cast members for opening up their hearts and sharing in their intense grief. Their pain was palpable through the screen, and anyone who has lost a close loved one knows the immense weight and heat of those tears.
Tears of grief are not everyday tears that you experience during a Hallmark commercial or a sappy romantic comedy. Grief tears are hot and heavy, from the hurt, and fear, and a million emotions that don’t know how to express themselves. All of those cast members, crying tears for Finn & Cory, can attest to that.
As the audience, at home, we cried when each character cried, knowing that their tears were coming from raw, real emotion.
We were able to mourn a character we all fell in love with four years ago, and actor we have admired and revered.
We were able to think about and grieve for the people in our own life who have died and left this world too soon.
We were reminded of the fragility of life and just how important it is to hug, respect and appreciate the people we love.
And we were able to remind ourselves how we should measure our own lives–in love.
So thank you to the GLEE cast and crew, for giving us the opportunity to grieve and heal, mourn and grow, along with all of you.
If you missed the episode, here is Rachel singing “Make You Feel My Love”:
RIP Cory and Godspeed to the cast and crew of GLEE as you continue on your journey without him.