Mourning the death of a beloved soap character is like mourning the death of a close friend.
And I have to say, General Hospital’s writers have taken me through the gamut of emotions over the past few days of mourning, followed by the funeral, for Emily Quartermaine (Natalia Livingston).
There was nostalgia.
The return of Ned Ashton (Wally Kurth) and Dillon Quartermaine (Scott Clifton) felt like old home week.
I so enjoy these two actors and their respective characters. Kurth makes reoccuring appearances, which are not often enough for me. Clifton left the show awhile back, so it was a pleasant surprise to see him return.
Heartwarming describes the scenes between Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) and her grandson Michael (Dylan Cash) and his brother Morgan (George Juarez). Monica, wallowing in grief over her daughter’s death, was briefly brought out of her pain by the children’s visit.
I have to say, Charleson turned in some of her most powerful performances.
She went from one emotion to another seemlessly.
She lashed out with untamed anger at Sonny and Jason.
Then there were the tender moments with Bobbie Spencer (Jackie Zeman). The two share a common bond of both having gone through the heartache of losing a child – in Monica’s case two.
There was a nostalgic nod to history when Leslie Webber (Denise Alexander) and Monica hugged in sadness over Emily’s death, acknowledging the irony of their long ago bitter rivalry over the affections of Rick Webber.
The eulogy given by Elizabeth Webber, (Rebecca Herbst) was honest and moving without being over-the-top emotional in her delivery. She quietly and methodically described how Emily touched everyone’s lives.
“Grace. Dignity. Kindness, Generosity. Unconditional Love.”
That’s how Elizabeth described her best friend, Emily.
And that’s how we’ll remember her.

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