Anyone who has seen Grey’s Anatomy you know it’s a drama. One of the most popular medical dramas of all time, the show has intense and harrowing scenes involving emergencies and even deaths. No one is completely safe in the program, and the doctors at Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital must work hard to save lives.

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But despite all the drama and tragedy, there are occasionally tender and sentimental scenes on the show. Doctors have events that occur in their personal lives, and these are some of the highlights of the show. The characters are like everyone else. They are real people and they have heartwarming scenes, including these 10, that no one can forget.

10 When Alex cares about Meredith

Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) hugging and comforting Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) in

There are many memorable friendships in Grey’s Anatomy, including the link between Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) and Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo). After Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) moved out, Alex became Meredith’s “person.” He was her rock and her support system, no matter what.

In the season 12 episode “The Sound of Silence”, Meredith is unexpectedly attacked by a patient. Alex doesn’t give up and reminds everyone at the hospital that they are his family. She needs them. When Meredith wakes up, she is confused and begins to sob. Alex climbs onto her hospital bed and comforts her, even crying after realizing how close he was to losing his best friend.

9 Any Time Meredith & Cristina Dance

Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) and Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) hanging out and dancing

Cristina will always be Meredith’s “person”, even though she now lives in Switzerland. Some of the best moments on the show are between the two friends. They can talk to each other about anything and they know how to perk up after a stressful day.

This includes dancing. Every time Meredith and Cristina “danced”, it was a symbol of their friendship. They dance together through all their dilemmas.

8 When Cristina tells Meredith that she is “the sun”

Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) and Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) comforting each other in

It was heartbreaking to see Cristina walk away at the end of the show’s 10th season. It was the end of the on-screen interaction between Cristina and Meredith. Before leaving, Cristina offers some valuable and inspiring advice on Meredith’s marriage to her husband, Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey).

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Cristina says: “Don’t let what he wants overshadow what you need. She is very dreamy, but she is not the sun, you are. “It is true that Meredith should not sacrifice her dreams for Derek. She is a star and can make her own decisions about her career. Cristina believes in Meredith, and no one could suppress happy and sentimental tears while watching this scene.

7 When Bailey becomes chief of surgery

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It is a monumental moment when a doctor is appointed Chief of Surgery. This person ranks high in the hospital and works with the board of directors to make important decisions regarding the entire hospital. Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.) is a longtime boss, but he retires (for good) at the start of the show’s twelfth season. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) is named new boss and she is the perfect person for the position.

When fans first met Bailey in the show’s first season, she is strict with the new interns. However, over the years, he has become a fan favorite character. She is the voice of reason in the hospital and is a leader. When Richard tells him that she is the new boss (and the first chief of surgery at the hospital), he hands her his stethoscope and tells her that she is a leader. And she rightfully earned this new title.

6 When Alex comforts Izzie

Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) comforting Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) who was sobbing after Denny (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) died in

During the show’s second season, Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) has romantic feelings for one of the hospital’s patients, Denny Duquette (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). She cared for him and fans wanted him to survive. However, after suffering a stroke after a heart transplant, Izzie tearfully makes the decision to cut her LVAD wire and died shortly after.

The heartbreaking scene is hard to watch, but it’s also moving to watch Alex, who clearly had feelings for Izzie, pick her up and comfort her as she sobbed. She cares for her like a friend, ignoring her own feelings to support Izzie.

5 When Meredith wins the Harper Avery award

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On the show, the Harper Avery Award (later renamed the Catherine Fox Award) is one of the most prestigious awards a surgeon can receive. Meredith’s mother, Ellis Gray (Kate Burton), received two awards. Could Meredith be as brilliant as her mother?

In the season 14 episode “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story”, Meredith is nominated for the Harper Avery Award. However, in typical Meredith Gray fashion, she skips the ceremony to perform an emergency operation, demonstrating her dedication to her profession. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) accepts the award on her behalf and delivers a moving and moving speech about how Meredith works to save lives.

4 When Meredith makes a candle house for Derek

Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) and their house of candles in

In the season four finale of “Freedom,” Meredith and Derek achieve success with their clinical trial on Alzheimer’s disease. Their relationship had many ups and downs during the investigation, so it is heartwarming when Meredith surprises Derek with a recreation of the plan of his dream house, made with candles on the plot of land Derek previously bought for his future.

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It’s one of the most romantic gestures on the show and it was a promise about her future. While Meredith admits it’s cheesy, it’s also a reason for them to be together. She tells him, “Because I think we can be extraordinary together instead of ordinary apart.” Who can argue with that?

3 When Derek proposes to Meredith

Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) smiling during their proposal at

In the fifth season episode, “Elevator Love Letter”, Derek proposes in the most perfect way for two doctors: with science. Meredith and Derek are a smart and powerful couple and they love their professions equally.

Derek finally proposes in the hospital elevator, decorating the elevator walls with X-rays of various medical cases he professes helped him realize that Meredith is “the one” for him. He fell in love with her while working on these cases, and now they were part of his proposal. He tells her, “You have survived worse and you know that we will survive too.”

two When Meredith and Derek adopt Zola

Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) with their daughter, Zola, at

In the seventh season episode, “White Wedding,” Meredith and Derek meet Zola, a six-month-old baby from Malawi, who was brought to Seattle for a life-saving operation. The couple immediately become attached to her and want to adopt her. They even go to court to quickly legalize their marriage.

The adoption process is long and challenging for the couple. Their marriage almost suffers from it, but it’s all worth it in the season eight episode “Suddenly.” The social worker arrives at Meredith and Derek’s home to confirm that they now have full custody. Zola is their daughter, and the parents are very happy to finally have Zola home with them.

one When Meredith gives up her wedding for Alex and Izzie

Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) and Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) smiling at each other;  Izzie and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) at their wedding in

In the fifth season episode, “What a Difference a Day Makes”, Meredith and Derek are supposed to get married. However, Izzie’s cancer diagnosis has progressed and is more serious than they thought. Meredith realizes that Alex and Izzie may not have much time to get married, so she gifts them her wedding. Instead, Meredith and Derek then recite their mock vows to each other in Post-It Notes. They promise to love and honor each other. It’s their ideal “wedding”, just the two of them.

Alex and Izzie’s wedding is perfect. It’s a magical garden scene and they promise each other love in moving speeches. Before the ceremony, Izzie shares a moving moment with Meredith. She struggles to hold back tears as she shows her appreciation, knowing that Meredith gave up her wedding for Izzie. It is the most generous and selfless gift.

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