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Whitney Houston Invite

It's NOT a Funeral

It's a 'Home Going' Service

2/17/2012 8:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Official Whitney Houston invitation... not a funeral... but rather a home going service.
Here's the official Whitney Houston invitation ... and  Whitney's family is not referring to the singer's burial ceremony as a "funeral" ... but rather a "home going service."

The invite -- obtained by TMZ -- reads, "With heartfelt gratitude, the Houston Family requests the honor of your presence at the home going service for Whitney Elizabeth Houston."

A "home going" service is more common in the black community and is usually more upbeat and positive than a typical funeral. The focus is to honor the deceased as they go "home" to Heaven to be with God.

As we previously reported, the ceremony at The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ will be a very exclusive affair ... with a guest list hand-selected by Whitney's family.

The event will begin at 12:00 PM EST -- with several of Houston's famous friends expected to participate in the service ... including Kevin Costner, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin.

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Monica    

LMAO! Its a shame, they must not have black people on the staff to know funeral IS a homegoing!!!!! IDIOTS........

980 days ago
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daniellespence    

whitney houston u will be missed and R.I.P and u will all ways in my heart and u was a lovely singer and i like ur songs and to whitney houston,s family will be missed and god bless to u all from danielle spence

980 days ago
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Anita     

Love you Whitney, May your soul rest in peace. You will be dearly missed.

980 days ago
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MissKansas    

Why can't people just have compassion and know that one day YOU too will have to face death. Everyone has faults and make many mistakes so we as a mankind SHOULD remember the good and kind things that people contribute to our society. Whitney I will remember your good and your kindness. May You Rest in Peace!

980 days ago
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CHELE    

Such a GREAT AND BEAUTIFUL person!!!!!!!!...SHE will be missed!!!

980 days ago
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betty    

A person can look fine today and dead tomorrow.I have known alcoholics to live longer than people that don't drink. We all are going when our times comes and none of us no the time or cause.

980 days ago
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jberk57    

I along with all of your fans worldwide,will miss u terribly.We were definately waiting for your comeback,and we are devastated by the news.I beleive that god will forgive and welcome u,because I know that he is a loving and forgiving father.I offer prayers for Bobbi Kristina,that he will give her strength for the long road ahead without her mother.As for (*******,cujeaux)do u have a perfect mother?Remember,u know where you've been,but,u don't know where u r going.Think about that.

980 days ago
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mimi    

Respectfully, Whitney had a unique voice...to always be remembered. Many before her have had their struggles. Whitney RIP Many a person has had memories associated with Whitney's music. What comes out of the mouths of haters can't touch Whitney's voice ...which is still here with us. WHAT will the haters leave when they are gone? TMZ will sensationalize .That's their J O B ! Many have positive aspects . Unconditional love. Friendship. As the pastor said ,,,prioritize. Everyone's life has a purpose. No matter how many mistakes are made. Focus on the GOOD. Get over your self righteous selves.

980 days ago
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THE BEAVER    


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WaxOnWhacksOff: 1 day ago

Why not just call it her "final intervention"?
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I see you have whacked off too many times, old loser.Blew too many brain cells. Now, not only do you look stupid, you act it as well.

980 days ago
145.

MoPete    

It's always been called a "Home-Going Celebration". She IS going HOME. God has called his angel home to sing to him daily. I love you Whitney..Rest In Peace.

980 days ago
146.

Harriet McNeal    

We Love You Whitney Houston But God Love You Best R.I.P

980 days ago
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Kwame Ntlege    

I am absolutely through with TMZ. Your coverage of Whitney’s death and funeral is the lowest piece of filth journalism I’ve ever seen. Your coverage will never damage her career or un record a single one of her classics! Don’t you have blacks on your staff? There is a tradition-a long tradition that pre-date Whitney Houston, in certain black religious communities that refer to funerals as ‘home going services’. That isn’t a quaint phrase or bit of ‘erratic’ behavior cooked up by Whitney or her family you ignorant racist insensitive knuckle heads!

980 days ago
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THE BEAVER    


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Kwame Ntlege: 3 minutes ago

I am absolutely through with TMZ. Your coverage of Whitney’s death and funeral is the lowest piece of filth journalism I’ve ever seen. Your coverage will never damage her career or un record a single one of her classics! Don’t you have blacks on your staff? There is a tradition-a long tradition that pre-date Whitney Houston, in certain black religious communities that refer to funerals as ‘home going services’. That isn’t a quaint phrase or bit of ‘erratic’ behavior cooked up by Whitney or her family you ignorant racist insensitive knuckle heads!
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There is nothing wrong with "Going Home Service", sweetie.
Most people that believe in God.. call him Our Father In Heaven. It is like saying.. our Father called him/her home. They're going home. Not only blacks see it that way, hun. White people do too.

980 days ago
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JANNIFER    

uO RIGHT IT WASNT A FUNERAL IT WAS TRUELY HOME GOING SERVICE IT WAS CELEBRATING A NEW LIFE IN HEAVEN. SHE PREACHED HER OWN HOME GOING FROM WHAT SHE DID ON EARTH BEFORE GOD CALL HER HOME. R.I.P. WHITNEY

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CINDY    

GOD LOVE WHITNEY.

980 days ago
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