Derek's Funeral

Grey's Anatomy Star Confirms: Cristina Did Attend Derek's Funeral

Grey’s Anatomy fans can breathe a sigh of relief: Cristina was there for Meredith during the most painful time of her life.

Kevin McKidd tells TVLine that Cristina did in fact show up to Derek’s funeral last spring to console her grieving BFF.

The brunette seen standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Mer at Derek’s gravesite (see photo, below)? It may not have been Sandra Oh, but it was definitely Cristina.

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“Cristina was there,” McKidd confirms. “I presume Sandra was busy and unavailable for that episode, which was the only reason why [a body double was used]. That funeral sequence was meant to imply that Cristina was obviously there for Meredith. Her presence was felt.”

Oh concluded her decade-long Grey’s Anatomy run in May 2014, one year before Derek’s tragic death. The actress told TVLine shortly before her departure that she would “love to come back” in a guest-star capacity at some point before the ABC drama signs off for good.

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  1. Great, but what about Addison?

      • lulu says:

        I feel like they mentioned her and Henry? in a passing comment. Could be imagining it tho

        • T.w.123 says:

          They mentioned Addison reaching out to Amelia (no mention of Henry), along with Amelia’s mom reaching out. But no reference to if Addie or Ameila/Derek’s mom was actually at the funeral. Or you know, Derek’s 3 other sisters. That always bothered me a little (and, if memory serves, I’m one of the few who actually like this episode).

        • SUSO says:

          Yeah, Meredith said Addison was calling because she was worried about her.

  2. Annie says:


  3. Tom says:

    And that’s how you leave a show with grace and dignity. Way to go Sandra!! Come back any time youd like!

  4. Luli says:

    But we already knew that didn’t we….?

  5. Tw123 says:

    I’m confused, were there people who thought the body double wasn’t meant to imply Cristina was there? I thought that was a given.
    Still wish that a tall red head body double would have been used for Addison (assuming Kate Walsh was also unavailable).

  6. spindae2 says:

    Such a random news, but okay.

    I didn’t like the double episode. Really didn’t work for me, okay the first couple of minutes till Mer told and fainted was okay after that it was so bleak. Awful.
    I enjoyed the episode he died much more and Ellen’s perfomance deserved multiple awards but no one considers GA for the big awards.

  7. anon says:

    I think this kind of confirms that Derek’s death/PD leaving was something that happened sort of spur of the moment. Because if Shonda and co had known since the beginning of the season, they would have most likely done all they could have to get Sandra (and Kate Walsh) to make an appearance.

    • aph1976 says:

      Yeah i also think killing off Derek was a decision that Rhimes made as the season progressed.Also maybe Sandra Oh and Kate Wash was approached to come back for the episode but they were busy doing other stuff.Also maybe neither actress wanted to come back just to do a couple of scenes.

      • Sharone brown says:

        Patrick Dempsey left the show a year before his contract ended.. so Shonda did not kill him off I read that she was actually too devastedbto attend the taping

    • Jamie says:

      That’s not true – since there was only one scene of Derek’s funeral, they might not have wanted to bring Sandra Oh back so soon for such a small part in the episode. The episode spanned like 8 or 9 months – there is no way that Cristina would have been hanging out in Seattle for that long with her hospital across world just sitting there, especially if Meredith wasn’t even in town. So this confirms nothing.

  8. There was so much already crammed into that episode, there was not point in paying Sandra or Kate to just stand there. Same goes for casting Derek’s last sister, scheduling around the other 2 plus mom.

    It wasn’t about Derek. It was never about Derek. It was about Meredith.

  9. AGMercurio says:

    I find it shameful that ye may this “whitewash” of Shonda Rhimes. She is obsessed with his work, impossible to forget that sequence, she wants to get wayward fans with a rigged photograph.¿ The Sandra Oh claimed money for her pose back?.

  10. aph1976 says:

    Last season when Meredith took the kids and left Alex said he called Christina for info and he said she told him that she hadn’t talked to Meredith since Derek’s funeral.So i took that to mean that Christina was at the funeral.

  11. Erin says:

    I actually think it is time for an episode with the whole sheppard family to come to visit and have it out a little with merideth and help amelia through her tough time. It would be a great episode with all the crazy sisters and derek’s mom and have them getting to know Meredith and her THREE kids.

  12. Jennifer says:

    And in other news, the Pope is Catholic. Seriously, is there any true fan out there who didn’t know that was supposed to be Cristina? Really?

  13. Klaroline says:

    We already knew this.

    When Meredith went missing someone asked if they’d spoke to Cristina and they said not since the funeral (think it was Alex).

  14. Marty says:

    I agree that this comment seems completely unnecessary, and out of the blue. To me, what’s more significant is that Kevin felt the need to say something about it, just like in an earlier interview he seemed to feel the need to say that he was sure that Owen had told Cristina about his sister. It seems that Kevin is making an effort to play up Cristina’s relationships with him, and with Meredith, possibly in an effort to downplay the Amelia’s relationship with them. I get that Kevin is good friends with Sandra, but I don’t see a reason to keep bringing her up if she isn’t going to play a significant (or any) role on the show anymore.

  15. EM says:

    Never entered my mind that Cristina wasn’t there. The body double was holding Meredith’s hand and Zola was on the other side of Meredith holding her other hand. Only thing that came to mind was the body double could have had more Cristina like hair. Sandra left on good terms and I suspect she will be there for the series finale if scheduling permits.

  16. Vivian James says:

    Isn’t it about time that Meredith found something to do besides monitor Owen’s love life for Christina? The whole plot line is absurd. Christine left voluntarily. Meredith has interfered several times with Amelia. Enough is enough.

  17. Addison should definitely come back and they darn well better have Christina come back at some point. The show is still very good, but the Christina/Meredith plot lines are still sorely missed.

  18. Nora says:

    Please bring cristina back to grays antomy please please……..