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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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Montclair Grandma    

Whether you call it a home going service or a celebration of life service, it is a lovely way to recognize the positive aspects of the departed. I commend the Houston family for not
trying to turn this into the side show the Jackson family did for Michael. It seems to be the news media who won't back away from constant reporting of Whitney's death. Leave it alone and allow the family to grieve in peace and with dignity.

950 days ago
17.

Jody    

It should read Going Home service.

You go home to meet the Lord, not home go to meet the Lord.

950 days ago
18.

Giggles    

I think that's a much nicer way to refer to such a ceremony.

950 days ago
19.

Joe Wilson    

Being a church member does not give anyone a pass to heaven.
Sorry...
Matthew 6:24 - "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."

950 days ago
20.

JiLL1    

That's really nice "Home Going" . Much nicer thinking of it that way than the typical funeral

950 days ago
21.

no1uno    

CRACKHEAD HO

950 days ago
22.

Justin    

What's 6 inches long and didn't get sucked on valentines day?

Whitney Houstons crack pipe.

950 days ago
23.

Kelly    

Whitney looked "just fine" last week, according to Dionne and Cissy, and now she's "going home?" The human capacity for denial is astounding. Use words, use anything you like to deny it, but Whitney abused herself with drugs, destroyed her God given instrument, and now she's dead.

950 days ago
24.

NobodySpecial    

The only problem I have with a "black funeral" is that they can go on for HOURS. I love the music and the warmth, but you go nuts when its 3 hours long or longer.

950 days ago
25.

SusanCoyote    

First all these stoopids celebrate the life of a child molester and now a crack-head. Who will be glorified next??? OJ?

950 days ago
26.

bubba    

I am so sick of all the coverage this drug using woman who basically killed herself. If this country would pay more respect for the men and women who die fighting for her to be able to screw her life up we would all be better off. Thanks to all the soldiers who have made the sacrafice. You are the true heroes.

950 days ago
27.

joe    

You could make big money off photos of the funeral. This is how to do it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaGDELhbdDs&list=LLW8iEe9U53Aw52uK4gcoL1g&feature=mh_lolz

950 days ago
28.

Dee    

Wow! U Ppl keep making the crazy comments..... U r all sayin the same things... Crack this n that....drugs and all......Its gotten old... Be original/creative give us sumthing new ur starting to sound like TMZ..... Ooooohhh.... Ur brain prob does not function beyond that which uve already said..... My error!!!!!!!!

950 days ago
29.

Jennifer    

I am still so absolutely stunned and heartbroken that Whitney Houston has left this world. I prefer to remember her unbelievable voice and talent rather than her struggles and troubles. I love the "home going" reference and totally agree that that is what it should be called(in fact all funerals should be referred to as a "home going") She is going home to God. Whitney, you will be dearly missed by your family and friends and your legions of fans, like me, all around the world. RIP!!

950 days ago
30.

kronenburg    

They chose a beautiful picture for the invitation. Nicely done.

950 days ago
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