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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

whitney houston funeral

whitney houston funeral

whitney houston funeral We're sorry to hear that this was a source of contention in Whitney's family.
Yesterday, we heard reports that Whitney Houston will be laid to rest later this week at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ…where she was born.

Now, we've learned that these funeral plans caused some drama in her family, because Whitney's mother Cissy Houston and her cousin Dionne Warwick both wanted her to be buried in Atlanta.
They believe she had the fondest memories there…but the rest of Whitney's family wants her buried in Newark, and we're hearing that the burial WILL still take place in NJ.
We just hope that this conflict over the burial doesn't cause TOO many ill feelings in Whitney's family. This is already a difficult enough time for them.
According to numerous reports, the "I Will Always Love You" singer, who died Saturday at the age of 48, is being flown back to her hometown of Newark, N.J. on Monday as the family works to arrange the funeral, with an eye toward a massive service along the lines of Michael Jackson's memorial service at Los Angeles' Staples Center .
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NBC New York reports that the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark will be handling the services. Though Whigham would not confirm or deny that it will be in charge of arrangements, the choice would make sense, as Whigham also handled the funerals for several of Houston's relatives, including her father.
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Though funeral plans have yet to be solidified, sources tell the Associated Press that Houston's family is considering a Thursday wake and a Friday funeral at Newark's Prudential Center, which holds approximately 18,000 people.
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(Houston's publicist told TheWrap that she had no information on funeral plans as of yet, but hopes to receive word "shortly.")
TMZ reports that Houston's body is being flown back east in the private jet of director Tyler Perry, who offered the use of the plane to the family after scrambling to the Beverly Hilton upon hearing of the singer's death.
Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 Saturday afternoon, after emergency responders were unable to revive the singer, who was unconscious and unresponsive when they arrived. A spokesperson for the Beverly Hills Police Department confirmed that a member of Houston's personal staff found the singer submerged in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton, and was pulled from the tub by one or more of her staff members.
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Whitney Houston will be laid to rest with a funeral service at the New Jersey church where she sang in the choir as a child. The funeral, to be held at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, will be a private, invitation-only event, according to the funeral home working with Houston’s family. No wake is planned. The funeral comes exactly one week after Houston’s death in Beverly Hills, where she was to attend Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy gala. Full details below.

In choosing to memorialize Houston at her birthplace — Newark, New Jersey — her family is placing a focus on her roots in the church and in gospel music. (Her mother, Cissy Houston, worked in gospel and sang back-up for soul stars like Otis Redding). And in opting to keep it private, the family is placing their own focus inward.

“They have shared her for 30 some years with the city, with the state, with the word. This is their time now for their farwell,” said Carolyn Whigham, owner of the Whigham Funeral Home. “The family thanks all the fans, the friends and the media, but this time is their private time.”

That said, the event is widely expected to be attended by many of music’s most prominent figures, and may feature remembrances along the lines of Jennifer Hudson’s tribute at the Grammy Awards.

Authorities have confirmed that Houston’s body was released to her family on Monday after an initial inquiry by the Los Angeles County Coroner.

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