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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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sharon james    

you will be so missed you touched the hearts of many people,you will never be forgotton whitney,god bless

980 days ago


whitney "houston" we have a drug problem.. her best ever hit wasnt a song it was when she took CRACK, SMACK WHACK TO THE FLOOR HAHAHA

980 days ago


No one has cared much about this woman lately except to gossip and complain about her current talent or lack there of. It's amazing how she's suddenly the best thing that ever lived. Shame she's not around to experience all the appreciation.

980 days ago


what do we do with the soldiers hooked on drugs? No honor for them. And what about all the mess ya'll have done? Will it keep your shady behinds out of Heaven. Why don't u just admit, you hate giving this woman any credit for her life because you're jealous. AND TRUTHFULLY THAT'S WHAT KILLED WHITNEY. JEALOUSY

980 days ago


151. Mel: 1 day ago

Do you go to the father, Our Lord, after committing sucide? Isn't that in essence what she did with the mix of drugs and alcohol.
Well,good question, Mel. YES, you can. The person has to believe in God and have Jesus in their heart. Know what they did was wrong, and ask for forgiveness.

979 days ago


i love whitney she will truely be miss && i lov the pict .

978 days ago

Peter Smith Talking Cures    

Understanding Whitney Houston RIP

978 days ago
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