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By Erin Clements

"Grey's Anatomy" fans were devastated by the death of Patrick Dempsey's "McDreamy" character last week, but his co-star Ellen Pompeo has a positive outlook on the event.

The actress behind Meredith Grey, the widow Derek Shepherd left behind, hopes that the unexpected plot twist will comfort viewers who are coping with the loss of a loved one.

"I have always said what keeps me going is the fans. Knowing we move you and inspire you," Pompeo, 45, wrote on Twitter Monday.

Ellen Pompeo Said About McDreamy’s Death
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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," she continued.

"People who get up each day and do what it feels like is the impossible. So it is for these people and in the spirit of resilience I am honored and excited to tell the story of how Meredith goes on in the face of what feels like the impossible."

The actress wrapped up the post by saying, "I hope you will all join me on her journey."

"Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rimes briefly addressed Meredith's future in a statement following Thursday's episode, in which Dr. Shepherd was hit by a car and his wife made the difficult decision to take him off life support.

"Meredith and the entire 'Grey's Anatomy' family are about to enter uncharted territory as we head into this new chapter of her life," Rimes said. "The possibilities for what may come are endless."

According to Variety, ABC will air a special two-hour "Grey's" on April 30, which appears to be a farewell to Dempsey's character.