In the promo for next week's episode, "The Quarterback," students and alumni of McKinley mourn the death of the beloved Finn. Some particularly heart-wrenching shots include Kurt (Chris Colfer) crying into Finn's letterman jacket, and Rachel (Lea Michele) sobbing on Will's (Matthew Morrison) shoulder.
In this October 3, 2013 promo, Rachel sings Adele's "Make You Feel My Love," accompanied by the header, "the hardest word to say is goodbye."
Watching next week's episode will be bittersweet. On the one hand, as this promo indicates, this tribute will be hauntingly beautiful. It will also provide fans an opportunity for healing and closure.
On the other hand, although Monteith passed away in July, his TV alter-ego is technically still "alive" as of now. Once Finn is laid to rest on the show, the reality will start to sink in even more.
"Glee's" Finn Hudson tribute, "The Quarterback," airs Thursday October 10, 2013 on FOX.