"The night before baby Patrick passed away, Jack sat alone in his hotel room, staring off into space. I know he was lost in the fact that he thought Patrick wouldn’t survive and that his faith seemed to be failing him, but also that he wouldn’t know what to do—how to tell Jackie if it were to happen. He took out a notepad and slowly, but surely, he wrote out a letter to a Boston family whose son had just been killed in the line of fire. He then wrote them a personal check—that was the kind of man my brother was. In the midst of his trials and tribulations, he was thinking of others." —Bobby Kennedy
"He was given a room in the hospital to stay in, but he never slept, he just roamed the halls. He would meet children who were Caroline and John’s age and you could tell it hurt him. He would watch these children for hours when he wasn’t with Jackie, waiting for news on Patrick. I was with him when the nurse told us he was gone, and Jack was holding Patrick’s tiny hand. At first, I thought he hadn’t heard her, because he just kept urging the baby to fight, urging him to live, to breathe not for him anymore but for Jackie. But then the tears came to his eyes and he dismissed me, he didn’t want anyone to see him that way. He just cried and cried and cried." —Dave Powers
"The funeral was held on August 10th in my private chapel. He sat alone in the front pew, not speaking a word to anyone, I think maybe it was too much. Afterward, when it was just the two of us alone in the chapel, he began to sob and put his arm around the tiny coffin. I told him he should get going, that he needed to go bury his son, that death isn’t the end, but the beginning. He wouldn’t take his hand off the coffin. I was afraid he’d carry it right out with him. He then placed the St. Christopher’s medal that Jacqueline had given to him on their wedding day into Patrick’s coffin… After we’d buried his son, he cried again, not wanting to leave his side. ‘It’s awful lonely here.’ He said to us all. ‘He’ll be all alone.’ He said."
"After Jack died, it was the first time we’d told Jackie about Jack’s breakdown at Patrick’s funeral, about how he didn’t want to leave Patrick alone because Brookline was so far, it was too far from them. Jackie just nodded as she listened to Dave and I speak, and then said, ‘I’ll bring them together now. I’ll bring Patrick and Arabella to their father.’ I believe in my heart that it brought her some sort of comfort, knowing that she could bring comfort to Jack whether he was there or not."