The family of the nurse found dead after being duped by a prank call from two Australian radio DJs described the "unfillable void" left in their lives as a mass was held for her at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday.

Mother-of-two Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanging in her nurses' quarters at King Edward VII's Hospital by a colleague and a security guard on December 7.

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Junal, 16, reads a tribute to his mother outside Westminster Cathedral in central London with his father Benedict Barboza

The nurse transferred the DJs, believing they were the Queen and Prince of Wales, to a colleague who described in detail the condition of the Duchess of Cambridge during her hospital stay for severe pregnancy sickness.

The mass was held "for the repose of the soul of Jacintha and her grieving family", a spokesman for the Cathedral said.

Following the service, Ms Saldanha's husband Benedict Barboza and two children Junal and Lisha paid an emotional tribute to a "kind-hearted, generous and well-respected woman".

Fighting back tears, 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.

"Without your beautiful smile and sparkling personality, the house is an empty place to live.

"Nineteen years of togetherness with a strong bond of affection and understanding will be cherished forever in my life.

"Your loss is a very painful one and nobody can take that place in my life ever again. I love you and miss you forever."

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Ms Saldanha's son Junal 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 is together.

"In times of difficulty you showed us the way forward to happiness and success.

"Your priority for us was a good education and a bright future. You taught us right from wrong which we appreciate.

"You worked tirelessly to give us everything that we have today. When we achieved good grades and merit, your pat on our backs encouraged us more."

Daughter Lisha, 14, 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.

"We love you mum, sleep in peace and watch over us until me meet again in heaven. We will always love you and keep you close to our heart."

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    Relatives of late nurse Jacintha Saldanha, husband, Benedict Barboza (L) and daughter Lisha Saldanha arrive at Westminster Cathedral in central London ahead of a service of Thanksgiving for the life of Jacintha Saldanha on December 15, 2012. Indian-born nurse Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanged a week ago, days after taking a call at King Edward VII's hospital from two Australian radio presenters posing as Queen Elizabeth II and William's father Prince Charles. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL,BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Husband of late nurse Jacintha Saldanha, Benedict Barboza listens to statements read by family members to media representatives outside Westminster Cathedral in central London following of a service of Thanksgiving for the life of Jacintha Saldanha on December 15, 2012. The children of a nurse found hanged after she was duped by a hoax phone call to the hospital treating Prince William's wife Catherine told a mass in her memory her death left 'an unfillable void'. Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha, 46, apparently killed herself in nurses' accommodation at King Edward VII's Hospital in London last week. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Relatives of late nurse Jacintha Saldanha, son Junal Saldanha (L), husband, Benedict Barboza (C) and daughter Lisha Saldanha leave Westminster Cathedral in central London following of a service of Thanksgiving for the life of Jacintha Saldanha on December 15, 2012. The children of a nurse found hanged after she was duped by a hoax phone call to the hospital treating Prince William's wife Catherine told a mass in her memory her death left 'an unfillable void'. Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha, 46, apparently killed herself in nurses' accommodation at King Edward VII's Hospital in London last week. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL,BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Daughter of late nurse Jacintha Saldanha, Lisha Saldanha is consoled by Member of Parliament Kieth Vaz as her family read statements to media representatives outside Westminster Cathedral in central London following a service of Thanksgiving for the life of Jacintha Saldanha on December 15, 2012. The children of a nurse found hanged after she was duped by a hoax phone call to the hospital treating Prince William's wife Catherine told a mass in her memory her death left 'an unfillable void'. Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha, 46, apparently killed herself in nurses' accommodation at King Edward VII's Hospital in London last week. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The husband, son and daughter of Jacintha Saldanha arrive at Westminster Cathedral in central London ahead of a service of Thanksgiving for the life of Jacintha Saldanha on December 15, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Relatives of late nurse Jacintha Saldanha, son Junal Saldanha (L), husband, Benedict Barboza (C) and daughter Lisha Saldanha (R) arrive at Westminster Cathedral in central London ahead of a service of Thanksgiving for the life of Jacintha Saldanha on December 15, 2012. Indian-born nurse Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanged a week ago, days after taking a call at King Edward VII's hospital from two Australian radio presenters posing as Queen Elizabeth II and William's father Prince Charles. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Husband of late nurse Jacintha Saldanha, Benedict Barboza wipes his eyes as he addresses media representatives outside Westminster Cathedral in central London following of a service of Thanksgiving for the life of Jacintha Saldanha on December 15, 2012. The children of a nurse found hanged after she was duped by a hoax phone call to the hospital treating Prince William's wife Catherine told a mass in her memory her death left 'an unfillable void'. Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha, 46, apparently killed herself in nurses' accommodation at King Edward VII's Hospital in London last week. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL,BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Husband of late Jacintha Saldanha, Benedict Barboza, center, son Junal, 16, second left, daughter Lisha, 14, second right, Keith Vaz MP, right, and an unidentified person, left, arrive at Westminster Cathedral in London for a memorial service for nurse Jacintha Saldanha who took her own life after answering a hoax phone call at King Edward VII hospital where she worked, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Australian radio hosts managed to impersonate Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles and received confidential information about the Duchess of Cambridge's medical condition, in a hoax phone call to the hospital where the pregnant Duchess was staying and which was broadcast on-air. The controversial prank took a dark twist three days later with the death of Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, who was duped by the DJs despite their Australian accents. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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    Husband of late Jacintha Saldanha, Benedict Barboza, center, son Junal, 16, and daughter Lisha, 14, arrive at Westminster Cathedral in London for a memorial service for nurse Jacintha Saldanha who took her own life after answering a hoax phone call at King Edward VII hospital where she worked, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Australian radio hosts managed to impersonate Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles and received confidential information about the Duchess of Cambridge's medical condition, in a hoax phone call to the hospital where the pregnant Duchess was staying and which was broadcast on-air. The controversial prank took a dark twist three days later with the death of Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, who was duped by the DJs despite their Australian accents. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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    Husband of late Jacintha Saldanha, Benedict Barboza, center, son Junal, 16, second left, daughter Lisha, 14, second right, Keith Vaz MP, right, and an unidentified person, left, arrive at Westminster Cathedral in London for a memorial service for nurse Jacintha Saldanha who took her own life after answering a hoax phone call at King Edward VII hospital where she worked, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Australian radio hosts managed to impersonate Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles and received confidential information about the Duchess of Cambridge's medical condition, in a hoax phone call to the hospital where the pregnant Duchess was staying and which was broadcast on-air. The controversial prank took a dark twist three days later with the death of Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, who was duped by the DJs despite their Australian accents. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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    Keith Vaz MP (right) talks to the media after leaving Westminster Cathedral in central London with Benedict Barboza his daughter Lisha, 14, and son Junal, 16, after a mass for Jacintha Saldanha.

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    Benedict Barboza leaves Westminster Cathedral in central London with daughter Lisha, 14, and son Junal, 16, with Keith Vaz MP (right) after a mass for Jacintha Saldanha.

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    Benedict Barboza reads a tribute to his wife outside Westminster Cathedral in central London with daughter Lisha, 14, and son Junal, 16, with Keith Vaz MP (right) after a mass for Jacintha Saldanha.

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    Benedict Barboza reads a tribute to his wife outside Westminster Cathedral in central London with daughter Lisha, 14, and Keith Vaz MP (right) after a mass for Jacintha Saldanha.

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    Lisha, 14, and Keith Vaz MP after a mass for her mother Jacintha Saldanha at Westminster Cathedral in central London.

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    Junal, 16, reads a tribute to his mother outside Westminster Cathedral in central London with his father Benedict Barboza and sister Lisha, 14, following a mass for Jacintha Saldanha.

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    Benedict Barboza leaves Westminster Cathedral in central London with daughter Lisha, 14, and son Junal, 16, after a mass for Jacintha Saldanha.

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    Benedict Barboza reads a tribute to his wife outside Westminster Cathedral in central London with daughter Lisha, 14, and Keith Vaz MP (right) after a mass for Jacintha Saldanha.

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    ALTERNATE CROPJunal, 16, (not pictured) reads a tribute to his mother outside Westminster Cathedral in central London with his father Benedict Barboza following a mass for Jacintha Saldanha.

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    Keith Vaz MP (right) talks to the media after leaving Westminster Cathedral in central London with Benedict Barboza his daughter Lisha, 14, and son Junal, 16, after a mass for Jacintha Saldanha.

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    Junal, 16, reads a tribute to his mother outside Westminster Cathedral in central London with his father Benedict Barboza following a mass for Jacintha Saldanha.

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    Husband of late Jacintha Saldanha, Benedict Barboza, center, reacts as he and his son Junal, 16, left and daughter Lisha, 14, speak to the media outside the Westminster Cathedral in London after a memorial service for nurse Jacintha Saldanha who took her own life after answering a hoax phone call at King Edward VII hospital where she worked, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Australian radio hosts managed to impersonate Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles and received confidential information about the Duchess of Cambridge's medical condition, in a hoax phone call to the hospital where the pregnant Duchess was staying and which was broadcast on-air. The controversial prank took a dark twist three days later with the death of Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, who was duped by the DJs despite their Australian accents. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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    Lisha, 14, and Keith Vaz MP after a mass for her mother Jacintha Saldanha at Westminster Cathedral in central London.

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    Husband of late Jacintha Saldanha, Benedict Barboza, second left, speaks to the media as his son Junal, 16, left looks on and daughter Lisha, 14, second right is comforted by Member of Parliament, Keith Vaz outside the Westminster Cathedral in London after a memorial service for nurse Jacintha Saldanha who took her own life after answering a hoax phone call at King Edward VII hospital where she worked, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Australian radio hosts managed to impersonate Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles and received confidential information about the Duchess of Cambridge's medical condition, in a hoax phone call to the hospital where the pregnant Duchess was staying and which was broadcast on-air. The controversial prank took a dark twist three days later with the death of Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, who was duped by the DJs despite their Australian accents. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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    Husband of late Jacintha Saldanha, Benedict Barboza, reacts as he speaks to the media outside the Westminster Cathedral in London after a memorial service for nurse Jacintha Saldanha who took her own life after answering a hoax phone call at King Edward VII hospital where she worked, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Australian radio hosts managed to impersonate Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles and received confidential information about the Duchess of Cambridge's medical condition, in a hoax phone call to the hospital where the pregnant Duchess was staying and which was broadcast on-air. The controversial prank took a dark twist three days later with the death of Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, who was duped by the DJs despite their Australian accents. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)