Hoax call nurse's daughter tells of 'incredible void' at memorial service
Jacintha Saldanha's family has told mourners, at a memorial service in the town where they lived, that the nurse's death has created "'an incredible void" in their life.
The nurse, who worked at London's exclusive King Edward VII Hospital, was found dead on December 7, a few days after she received a prank call from two Australian radio presenters who tried to get information about Duchess Kate's condition.
Saldanha's husband, Benedict Barboza, and children Lisha, 14, and Junal, 16, attended the service at St Teresa's Church on Friday evening.
Father Tom Finnegan praised the 46-year-old's caring and nurturing devotion.
"We miss you so much. Your priority for us was a good education and a bright future. You taught us right from wrong," the Age quoted him as reading a tribute from Lisha.
"'The house is empty, a dwelling without a presence. We are shattered and there is an incredible void in our life.
'"We will always love you and keep you close in our heart," he said.
A tribute written by Barboza, NHS accountant, said that he felt "'as if a part of me has been ripped off'" and he also said he missed his wife's "'sparkling personality".
"'Your loss is very painful and I will love you and miss you forever," he said.