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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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ME    

Going Home service, LOL ! She overdosed on drugs and alchohol and people think she is going to heaven. WOW !
I'm guessing these baptist (SO-CALLED CHRISTIANS) DO NOT read the Bible at all. The Bible says she is NOT going to heaven. Sorry......

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47.

tweet2178    

WHITNEY YOUR LOVE IS MY LOVE. YOU ARE MY ROCK OF INSPIRATION. YOU COULD COUNT ON ME..STEP BY
STEP..I WILL SALUTE YOU .AS THE MILLION DOLLAR BILL THAT YOU ARE. I’M LIVING AT HEART BREAK HOTEL
DUE TO THE PASSING OF YOU. BUT AS MEMORIES COME TO PART..I SHALL EXHALE..WITH KNOWING GOD HAS
HIS MIRACLE..WE HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON…FAMILY COMES FIRST …AND EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE
PASSED ON..I KNOW NOTHING ELSE MATTERS BUT THE LOVE OF YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS..YOU ARE THE
GREATEST LOVE OF ALL..IT WAS TO SOON ITS NOT RIGHT BUT ITS OKAY..I JUST GET SO EMOTIONAL JUST
THINKING OF YOU..BUT AS YOU ARE ON YOUR JOURNEY TO YOUR FATHER HOUSE .EVERY STEP THAT YOU TAKE
SHALL NOT BE JUDGED ..YOU ARE EVERY WOMEN AND YOU’VE TRIED IT ON YOUR OWN.NOW LET THE FATHER
TAKE YOUR HAND AND WELCOME YOU HOME ..BECAUSE YOU ARE THE QUEEN OF THE DAY & NIGHT..YOU HAD
IT AND DONE IT ALL.NOW REST MY SISTER & FRIEND..GOD IS ALL THE MAN YOU NEED…FEAR NOT …DO WHATS BE INSTALLED IN YOU SINCE BIRTH YOU KNOW YOU LEARNED FROM THE BEST…YOUR MOM AND AUNT DIONNE..AND MAY THE FATHER SEE THE FAMILY THREW THIS TIME OF GRIEF ..AS FOR YOUR BABY GIRL BOBBI SHE WILL BE OKAY I’M SURE OF IT.JUST YOU REST YOU ARE WITH SOMEONE BIGGER THAN YOU AND I HE KNOWS ONLY HE KNOWS..YOUR STRUGGLES I WILL WIPE MY TEARS AWAY AND CELEBRATE YOUR LIFE..I LOVE YOU NIPPY…
 
I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU///YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL FROM ME..
 
REST IN PEACE
WHITNEY (NIPPY) HOUSTON
08/09/63-02/11/12 Love Always Andrienna tweet Williams (your church family &friend)

888 days ago
48.

Debbie    

Religious people are just too much. When you die you don't know what happens to you. If your body is placed in a box that might be all it is. Your dead, you are in a box, no where else. You can't think, you can't see, you can't be with anyone. You are done with and you will never exist ever again, anywhere.

888 days ago
49.

John    

The Bible is your drug.

888 days ago
50.

cjs    

It would be SO cool if Dolly was there to sing "her/their" song.

888 days ago
51.

Butterfly    

WHETHER IT IS ,"Home Going Service , or, "Going Home." The meaning is the same. When "God Came" and "called" my mother, we simply said, "God Came to Take Her Home." Regardless of how it is worded, the meaning is the same as our loved ones, in Heaven, are watching over us. Sleep Well, lovely songbird, Sleep Well. You, too, Mama, You too.

888 days ago
52.

Marie    

id like to know the link of the coverage of the funeral

888 days ago
53.

Wizard of Ahs    

"invite"????? Really? Really?! It seems TMZ likes to talk trash since this article is about Whitney. This is very disrespectful.
The word is "invitation", but it would appear that no one at TMZ took English 101 and cannot make a distinction between a verb and a noun. Have some respect for Whitney... she didn't trash talk like that, and she was not stupid. Neither are her fans.

888 days ago
54.

nof    

This is still hard-to-accept and wrap one's-head-around.


Great entertainers dying young -


And with so much left to give.


But she went through a lot - did the best she could - put herself on the World-Wide map.


Few of us will ever match what she's done -


There's some solace in this - but frankly not much at this point -


You want to correct this.


Go to wherever she is.


Bring her back.

888 days ago
55.

Best Mom    

The Houston's are facing hard and difficult decisions right now. I think they are handling all of it with alot of class and dignity.

888 days ago
56.

dd    

And that's exactly what it..

888 days ago
57.

jay     

does anyone know what network the going home is on for ms houston

888 days ago
58.

Cruise Lover    

Going home? Whitney is DEAD. Whitney no longer exists. The END is here.

888 days ago
59.

Bubbles The Chimp    

She is D-E-A-D. It is a 'FUNERAL'.

888 days ago
60.

Alishia    

I can't believe they're flying the flags at half mast for this women who abused drugs and killed herself! Unbelievable! She may have been an amazing singer but that is NOW WAY to honor her!

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