Gone but not forgotten. Katherine Schwarzenegger shared a touching tribute on Instagram following her cousin Saoirse Kennedy Hill’s death — one day after the late 22-year-old was laid to rest in Centerville, Massachusetts.
“After wiping away the tears, after the beautiful sunsets, there is always a new day,” the 29-year-old captioned a photo of a sunset in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts — where Saoirse’s grandmother, Ethel Kennedy, lives. “It’s not the big events or pretty things that hold you up at the end of the day, it’s family. I feel so incredibly blessed to be part of such a loving, supportive and strong family that shows up in good times and in tough times.”
The brunette beauty revealed that she is leaning on her loved ones right now. “I love each and every one of them and am so grateful to have them in my life,” she wrote.
Of course, fans couldn’t help but show some love for the newlywed in the comments section. One person wrote, “Love you very much! You and your family have been in my prayers,” while another echoed, “Condolences for the terrible loss of your beautiful cousin.” A third person chimed in, writing, “Life is a little easier when surrounded by a loving family. So sorry for your family’s loss.”
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After wiping away the tears, after the beautiful sunsets, there is always a new day. It’s not the big events or pretty things that hold you up at the end of the day, it’s family. I feel so incredibly blessed to be part of such a loving, supportive and strong family that shows up in good times and in tough times. I love each and every one of them and am so grateful to have them in my life. 🙏♥️🙏
On Thursday, August 1, news broke that Saoirse, one of Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughters, died after she suffered from an apparent overdose. According to family friends, Saoirse was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis on Thursday afternoon, where she was pronounced dead.
“Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse,” the Kennedy family said in a statement to The New York Times. “Her life was filled with hope, promise and love.” Ethel, 91, added, “The world is a little less beautiful today.”
Saoirse was candid about her struggles with depression and mental illness and wrote how she was feeling for the student newspaper at Deerfield Academy — a private school in Massachusetts — in 2016. “My depression took root in the beginning of my middle school years and will be with me for the rest of my life,” she confessed at the time. “Although I was mostly a happy child, I suffered bouts of deep sadness that I felt like a heavy boulder on my chest. These bouts would come and go, but they did not outwardly affect me until I was a sophomore at Deerfield.” Saoirse even revealed she “attempted to take my own life” at one point.
Katherine’s mom, Maria Shriver — who is John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy’s niece through her mom, Eunice Kennedy Shriver — took to Instagram to share some thoughts on Saoirse. “Life is fragile and heartbreaking,” she wrote on August 3. “It turns upside down in a minute. Love your children, hold them tight. Love your family, hold them close. Love your friends, keep them near. Be gentle with others as so many are fragile and struggling. Actually, I think it’s best to assume everyone is struggling, so treat everyone with love, tenderness and compassion. #IveBeenThinking.”
We’re thinking of the Kennedy family during this time.
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