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10/09/2013 12:34 pm ET Updated Oct 09, 2013

Lea Michele: 'Glee' Tribute Episode To Finn Was 'Therapeutic'

Lea Michele opened up about the "Glee" tribute episode dedicated to the late Cory Monteith and his character Finn Hudson.

“For me personally, I’ve lost two people: Cory and Finn," Michele told TV Week Australia. “We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him. It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn, so I felt it was very therapeutic.”

The episode, titled "The Quarterback," will feature the "Glee" characters dealing with Finn's death. Following Monteith's death, "Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy said he struggled with how to move forward and even toyed with ending "Glee" entirely. However, Michele told him they should carry on and the tribute episode took shape. Michele said they did an episode "because it was something we all needed to do together."

Michele said they all leaned on each other as a family. “Everyone is asking: ‘Is it hard to do this? Is it hard to be back at work?’, but the truth is it’s no harder at work than it is in life,” she said. “So we might as well all be together as a family supporting each other to get through this together."

Watch a preview of the episode below. To hear songs from "The Quarterback," including Michele's cover of "Make You Feel My Love," head over here.

"Glee" airs Thursdays, 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

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