Amelia has been through so much so we’ve gathered all of her moments that made us ugly cry and compiled them into a list.
Amelia Shepherd has had quite a tragic past on both Grey’s Anatomy and its popular spin-off, Private Practice. She has struggled with addiction constantly but has also suffered several tremendous losses and yet she has still managed to retain her quirky personality and sense of humor throughout.
After appearing in 3 seasons of Private Practice, Amelia made her way on to the parent show, where she has remained to this day. Amelia grew close to both Meredith Grey and Maggie Pierce and views both of them as sisters. However, despite her cheerful attitude, when Amelia is alone and in pain, it’s absolutely devastating.
When Betty Didn’t Come Home
The Betty storyline was divisive amongst fans and critics alike, and it involved Owen and Amelia teaming up to take care of baby Leo and his teenage mother, Betty. Betty was a drug addict who had recently given birth and so Amelia took her in, knowing exactly how Betty felt and what she needed.
However, it wasn’t all plain sailing, as Betty continued to struggle with her addiction. After Amelia dropped her off at school one day, it transpired that Betty had gone missing. Owen, Amelia, and Teddy looked for her but had no luck. During Betty’s disappearance, Amelia was clearly traumatized and guilt-ridden.
When Her Family Bullies Her
Amelia’s relationship with Derek was a delicate one but her relationship with her sisters seemed to be non-existent. In Season 15, Amelia was invited to dinner by her older sister, Nancy. Unable to get out of it, Amelia brought along Link to act as her husband, Owen, to save any further embarrassment.
As this is Grey’s we’re talking about, things did not go well at all. Amelia’s other sister, Kathleen, also attended the dinner and together with Nancy, began to gang up on their little sister. Amelia took a lot of snide and nasty remarks but was clearly shaken and visibly upset. We can’t say we blame her.
When She Relapsed
During her entire time in the world of Grey’s Anatomy, Amelia has constantly battled with addiction. Unlike Webber, another addict, Amelia’s choice of drug was opioids. While she relapsed slightly in Grey’s, this was barely featured as a storyline. However, Amelia’s first relapse was horrific to watch.
In the fifth season of Private Practice, Amelia was clearly struggling with staying sober. Eventually, though, she succumbed to temptation and began using again. It was awful to watch Amelia’s physical and mental health decline, and the way she treated her friends and family was utterly heartbreaking.
When Derek Died
Amelia has seen so many personal tragedies in her lifetime that she has almost become immune to the emotional pain. Or so she’d like everyone to believe. When Derek died late on in Season 11, Owen had to wait to tell Amelia until she was out of surgery. When he broke the news, Amelia appeared unaffected.
However, this was simply Amelia’s way of coping. During Meredith’s ‘year out’, Amelia kept on cracking dark and inappropriate jokes about Derek’s demise. However, she later publicly broke down in front of Owen, who later tracked her down, only to find her about to take drugs to dull the emotional pain.
When Her Son Died
This was probably one of the most emotional and heartbreaking scenes that took place in the Grey’s Anatomy universe, on par with the death of April and Jackson’s baby boy. In Season 5 of Private Practice, Amelia discovered that she was pregnant with her late fiancé, and fellow drug addict, Ryan Kerrigan.
Amelia didn’t originally know how to feel about this but, unbelievably, there was still worse to come. Amelia’s baby was anencephalic (meaning he had no brain) and so he wouldn’t survive for long outside of the womb. Amelia still had to carry him to term however and later donated his organs.