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 afternoon 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.
Purple and white flowers were thrown at the coffin and hundreds of people who had pressed together around the graveside, surrounded by coconut trees, 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 when they returned to Britain, Mr Barboza said he could not yet think of that. "I am still at the graveside," he replied.
Mr Barboza, with his teenage children Junal and Lisha, had accompanied Jacintha's coffin as it was flown from London to Mumbai, and then to the coastal town of Mangalore in the state of Karnataka on Sunday afternoon.
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 the Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, or their radio station 2DayFM over their prank call. (© Independent News Service)