Saoirse Kennedy Hill, granddaughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, was buried Monday after her sudden dying on the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port final week. She was 22.
Her uncle Robert F. Kennedy Jr. remembered her fondly in a eulogy he gave at her service, which he has since posted on-line.
In it, he spoke of her infectious laughter, large persona, and knack for friendship.
“Anyone who is tempted to feel badly that you didn’t do enough for Seersh, put that thought away,” he mentioned. “She felt loved by everyone in this church.”
Kennedy recounted the lifetime of a “fearlessly honest” lady who wrote about her battle with melancholy when she was simply 18 years outdated:
At age 18, she printed an eloquent and intensely private description of her battle with melancholy within the Deerfield School newspaper. The piece is so brutally sincere that it successfully stripped her bare. What eighteen yr outdated would select to disclose these uncooked and embarrassing ideas to her [peers], particularly in some of the aggressive adolescent environments on this nation?
The essay is phenomenal each for its daring honesty and for its perception.
She described her melancholy as we’d speak about a flu or a squall; one thing that periodically seems unexpectedly to darken her life. She characterised her agonizing discomfort at its arrival and her reduction when, simply as mysteriously it handed. She had the extraordinary confidence and maturity to expertise melancholy with out internalizing it. She understood that her emotions weren’t details; they had been illusions. Seersh separated herself from her sickness. Feeling dangerous didn’t imply she was a nasty individual. The article’s most hanging characteristic is her refusal to really feel disgrace or embarrassment about her human situation. She celebrated and embraced each a part of herself, together with her struggles with melancholy and restoration. She refused to maintain her ache secret, to isolate herself or to grow to be morose. She by no means reverted to self pity.
He additionally talked about Kennedy Hill’s final night time:
Saoirse’s final night time was a flight of her attribute exuberance spent together with her pricey pal Sinead Donnelly. She completed a 25-page paper for Boston College upon which she had been laboring for every week in my storage and attic and of which she was immensely proud. She introduced that she would spend the rest of the night in an all-night celebration of that feat. She had dinner with Grandma, watched the presidential debate, went out singing at 10:30 to a karaoke bar, after which dancing at a gender fluid pageant (a drag bar). She got here house at 2 a.m. and sang and danced with Sinead within the cottage. They toured Hyannis Port in Grandma Ethel’s golf cart and swam at daybreak earlier than watching the dawn from the seashore. She went to mattress wanting ahead to her journey to Los Angeles that day. She already had L.A. dinner dates organized with Jack Coady and Emily Abrams. It was an ideal night time and, as was her behavior, she documented a lot of it on social media.
The two pals went to mattress in Douglas’s room. Saoirse wakened with God.
Kennedy spoke of her mischievousness as a toddler, her penchant for making enjoyable of herself, and her refusal to make herself the sufferer — even the time Kennedy’s canine bit her face, or when bees stung her lips, or the day she gave herself a critical concussion with a ski pole.
He celebrated her for what he known as her capability and inclination to assist the weak.
“She connected to people on the deepest level,” he mentioned. “She met our broken world and all its troubles with kindness, compassion, understanding, empathy, humor, and courage.”
Kennedy tasked his household and pals to be impressed by his niece and use her reminiscence to make themselves higher individuals. He requested them to mannequin her kindness and fill their ideas together with her mild.
As he closed the speech, he instructed the gang it was time to cease being unhappy and begin being grateful for the time they acquired to spend with Kennedy Hill.
“If anybody ever wondered whether God loves the Kennedys,the proof is that he gave us Saoirse,” he mentioned. “Now, it’s time for us to cease being sad at her passing and to practice being grateful that we had her for 22 amazing years.”
Read the total eulogy right here.