FIRST came a man bearing a simple wooden cross, then a brass band playing dirges. A little way behind them, an ambulance followed carrying the coffin of Jacintha Saldanha as it made one last journey.
The 46-year-old nurse was buried yesterday in a graveyard in the village of Shirva, India. She was lowered into the hard, red earth while her husband, Benedict Barboza, and two children stood hugging each other for support.
Hundreds of people who had pressed together around the graveside sang hymns and recited prayers.
Afterwards, asked whether he had given any thought to how he and his children might start to try and rebuild their lives, Mr Barboza said he could not yet think of that. "I am still at the graveside.''
Mr Barboza, with his teenage children Junal and Lisha, had accompanied Jacintha's coffin from London to Mumbai, and then to the coastal town of Mangalore.
They said they had not yet taken a decision on whether to pursue legal action against the King Edward VII Hospital in London, or whether they would sue Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, or their radio station over their prank call. (© Independent News Service)