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Royal Hoax Nurse's Funeral Held In India
About 2,000 mourners in a small town in India have paid their respects to the nurse who was found dead after taking a royal hoax call.
The funeral for mother-of-two Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was held in the Catholic parish church Our Lady of Health in Shirva, near Mangalore.
"She was a respected member of the community here," said Sky's India Correspondent Alex Rossi, who was in Shirva.
"When you speak to people amongst those crowds, they will tell you that she was extremely well-liked."
Ms Saldanha was found hanged in her living quarters on December 7 at London's King Edward VII's Hospital, where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for pregnancy sickness.
Three days earlier, Ms Saldanha had transferred a phone call from two Australian DJs, believing they were the Queen and Prince of Wales, to a nursing colleague who described in detail the condition of the Duchess.
Ms Saldanha's husband Benedict Barboza and their two teenage children Junal and Lisha arrived in India on Sunday with her body from the UK, where the family moved about 12 years ago.
Mr Barboza held a press conference just five minutes after he laid the body of his wife to rest in the cemetery behind the church.
He said it would take him a long time to grieve and he would stay in Shirva over Christmas with the rest of his family before returning home to the UK.
Rossi said: "He looked absolutely exhausted throughout. He was tearful."
A family friend then read out a statement on behalf of Mr Barboza.
"The events of the last week have shattered our lives and we barely have any strength to grieve," the statement said.
"The incidents leading to this tragedy are being investigated by the London Metropolitan Police and they have assured us of a full and fair investigation."
Before arriving in India, the family attended a memorial mass in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday. They paid an emotional tribute to a "kind-hearted, generous and well-respected woman".
Mr Barboza said: "My wife, you were the light in my darkness, who always showed me the way forward.
"From the day we met, you always stood by me in times of hardship and happiness. I feel a part of me has been ripped out."
Ms Saldanha's 14-year-old daughter said: "We will miss your laughter, the loving memories and the good times we had together. The house is an empty dwelling without your presence.
"We are shattered and there's an unfillable void in our lives."
Her son, 16, said: "Our mother, kind hearted, generous and a well-respected woman in both of our lives. You were the core of the family who kept us together."
Memorial services were also held at the hospital where Ms Saldanha worked and in Bristol where her husband and children live.
what do you think?
Id still like to know how this nurse came to have a mass in westminster abbey.how did this come about.as far i know only sirs, dames and peaple who have made an oustanding contribution to britain can have this distinguish.peaple living within the parish boundry and those who have served in the anglican church also.given the fact that this nurse lived in bristol and was a catholic and was born in india, im puzzled.even someone who commits suicide wasnt popular at one time in the churches history.now i can only presume anyone can now have a mass at westminster cathedrial.can i?can you? And who paid for this ?I know one thing our past monarchs , edward the confessor, henry, elizabeth, mary etc etc will be turning in their tombs. Lol.
Westminster Cathedral is a catholic cathedral near Victoria station, not Westminster Abbey.
WHAT MAKES THIS WOMEN SO SPECIAL The over the top media coverage of a woman committing suicide. Even pop stars that have killed themselves don't get a tenth of the attention
Cant believe this story is still running. Let her rest in peace, its her funeral, give her family some compassion. I'm sure there must be other stories to print.
Tell that to the press
Yes exactly paul.but i am asking the above question seriously as my father was born and bred in the area.within the bow bells as the saying goes and worked as an electrician in the cathedrial.so im wondering if he is allowed a memorial service there when the time comes.though its just a thought at the moment.
hold the bus ,,she is getting buired in india,,,and people here are suppose to put money into her family fund ...i for 1 would not put a penny in ,,,this has went way out of control because of the press
the hospital is paying for it.