Vicki says she still feels the acute loss of her husband but is getting by thanks to the love of family and the knowledge that nothing was left unsaid. "The greatest comfort that I have is that we had those 15 months. We said everything," she says.

As to questions about whether she will run for senate herself, Vicki says it's not in the cards. "We had Sen. Kennedy in our household," she says. "Not for me."

Ted says that he, too, is grateful for the final days he got to share with his father. "I think he gave me all the tools I need to be a successful person."

In some of Sen. Kennedy's final thoughts in True Compass, his message speaks strongly to his own life of service and the American legacy he left behind. "Together we have known success and seen setbacks. Victory and defeat," he writes. "But we have never lost our belief that we are all called to a better country and a newer world. The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on."


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