The Associated Press

HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry says after spending time with the family of his longtime colleague Edward Kennedy that "a very spiritual" vigil is taking place.

Kerry was accompanied by his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry. He spoke briefly with reporters Wednesday evening as he left the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, where friends and family are mourning the longtime senator. Kennedy died there late Tuesday from brain cancer.

Kerry says Kennedy is "lying at rest and it's very spiritual, about as beautiful as it could be." In his words, "I think it's everything Sen. Kennedy would have wanted."

He says he'll remember Kennedy for his passion for public service and his sense of humor. He says the Kennedy family is grateful for the remembrances flowing in from the public.