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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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n/a    

you should take the address off the bottom of the picture or there is going to be a lot of unexpected guests there

791 days ago
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Sophist    

A homecoming is what believers have in heaven. The homegoing is the send off celebration for those left here on earth. If you study etymology, it is called a derivation. Homegoing is a derivation of the 14th century word homecoming. The word homegoing has long been used in the African-American community; they have the right to create derivations that fit their community's needs. Language is not stagnant; it's ever changing. Homegoing also flows better than going home.

791 days ago
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mexican    

Nippy, You are now at a peacefull and beautiful place. And at your dad's side. Your beautiful personality and beautiful voice will be greatly missed. Thanks for the smiles.

791 days ago
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janet    

Enough already it will be over tomorrow and wheather she od'd, accidental or whatever. She will be remembered mostly for destroying her voice, career by years of drugs and alcohol.


This half mast flag crap is a joke.


For christ sake she was wasted right up until she died. Call it the way it was without the PR spin. Once upon a time she was good but that was many years ago. For years she has done nothing but act like a ass and make a fool of herself.

791 days ago
35.

t    

Will the Westboro people be picking Whitneys funeral? Get on this TMZ! I hope not!

791 days ago
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d grandma    

rip whitney we will always miss you

791 days ago
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d grandma    

love you girl

791 days ago
38.

Tina30228    

In the Black community it is called a "Home Going". Did Charles approve the title of this article?

791 days ago
39.

Discretion    

This is a very beautiful picture of Whitney!

791 days ago
40.

Salvatore    

I like this concept in that it's a celebration of a person's life and life instead of focusing on their death. RIP, Whitney.

791 days ago
41.

Your Momma    

TMZ, no one needs you to provide definitions on something you don't know about. Many races use the term going home which means they are returning to where they originally came from which is GOD. You are probably expecting some idiot white folks to respond negatively. You should be ashamed of yourself.

791 days ago
42.

danijo    

Who cares? Our Service men and women who have died for this country should get this much attention!

791 days ago
43.

Dee    

It seems that the ppl bashing Whitney and calling her nasty names are the MAIN ones on her stories and giving her attn, making the high ratings and will be the MAIN ONES watching her funeral!!!!! Hope ALL of the attn help with her sales and whatever portion is for her, will benefit Bobbi K!!!!! There r SOOOOO many ppl praying for her fam and Bobby as well..... So when 2 or more stand 2gether..... I love his God ALWAYS seems to turn a NEGATIVE n2 a BIG POSITIVE!!!!!! So PLEEZ! Keep talkin! What the devil meant for evil................ (please check dislike and leave neg feedback.... Bcuz Im praying TOO, It will just ensure the GOOD n POSITIVE soon to come!!! )

791 days ago
44.

Louise Towler    

A flickering candle alone on the stair
A reminder that beauty is no longer there
The world seems so much colder, on this sorrowful day
As the world looks to Jesus, our lips start to pray

Tis they will Lord not ours that we have to understand
Although our hearts our full of grief, we try to comprehend
Beauty has left us, the silence we feel
The voice of an angel the spirit of steel

Absent from the body, present with the lord
We can hear her now as she rises to applause
The angels are dancing as she raises her hands
Our daughter is home , is written in the sands

God Bless you

Louise Australia

791 days ago
45.

William    

In reality, it's a "ground breaking service". For all of us. The ground is broken, we're dropped in the hole, and that's all there is.

791 days ago
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