Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kennedy, Countess of the Holy Roman Church (July 22, 1890 – January 22, 1995) was an American philanthropist, socialite, and the matriarch of the Kennedy family. She was deeply embedded in the “lace curtain” Irish Catholic community in Boston, where her father John F. Fitzgerald was mayor. Kennedy was the wife of businessman and investor Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., who was United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, formally known as Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s in the UK. Their nine children included President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and longtime Senator Ted Kennedy. In 1951 she was ennobled by Pope Pius XII, becoming the sixth American woman to be granted the rank of Papal countess.
“I am not going to be licked by tragedy, as life is a challenge, and we must carry on and work for the living as well as mourn for the dead.”
Very few woman and mothers experienced the grief of so many tragedies as Rose Kennedy. The premature loss of several of her children is an experience most of us have never experienced. And all this while she and her family were constantly in the public eye.
But I am very encouraged by her words and continuance while facing these tragedies. She chose to ‘work for the living’ rather than dwelling on her loss. What a wonderful example to follow!
I would like to share this last inspirational word from Rose Kennedy:
“I have come to the conclusion that the most important element in human life is faith.”