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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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typpie lebaum    

Now that you know the meaning of homegoing, you can stop using the quotation marks. A homegoing service is spiritual ceremony and the term is not used loosely.

980 days ago
92.

eric    

TMZ you need to do your homework. Home Going has been around for years and it's not just used in the black community.

980 days ago
93.

tina    

A going home/homecoming service is normal is the Christian faith. Please don't blow things up more than what it needs to be. Its a celebration of life and that fact that we are"going home" back to heaven from where we came from, thats all. This head line seems a little over the top, I dont know why its a head line. Should read the family will have a going home service. SMH.

980 days ago
94.

EARA    

Whitney's Funeral and all other things Holy: Please send me the link. Mourning for a Goddess of MAGNIFICENT SPLENDOR . . .

980 days ago
95.

lk    

are they crazy, it a funeral! next they'll be saying she died saving a puppy from an oncoming car instead of a drug overdose. the reason she's dead is because the family was busy denying that she was a crack head, a coke head and alcohol abuser, that's why she's dead and you didn't do you job as her family, you all shirked your responsibility and do an intervention.

980 days ago
96.

alex    

oh for christ sake... different cultures call things by different names. anyone ever hear of a wake? have some common sense.

980 days ago
97.

too shay    

At least TMZ cleaned up that home going reference, because earlier today it was clear that TMZ has few to no black staffers SMH.

980 days ago
98.

bob    

The only way it would be a "home going" is if she was going home to a Crack house.

980 days ago
99.

Gsharon 710    

After commenting for days on this subject, this is my last response on the same.

If Whit's mother could not stop her from using drugs, why would she listen to her husband, her daughter, her friends, why would you stoop to blame anyone other than Whitney herself.

She did not seem to be the type of person that could be made to do anything. I loved this lady's talent for years, but it is fruitless, devilish and plain wrong to blame others for what Whit decided to put into her body and life.

All the talk should now be about getting Bobbi back on the right track, not about how much money she left, who she left it to, who was in her life last, why she dated younger men or even why her close cousin Dionne was using and got caught with drugs, but of course the latter was mostly forgotten and the pie only hit Bobby.

Whit is not the first loved star who has left us that chose to use drugs, whether it killed her or not. We can no longer hurt nor fix the negative in her life, it is over, but her daughter is alive and hurting, needing encouragement and prayers. She knows better than anyone what Whit did in her later life.

I have learned a lesson about responding to articles from this site. I think they know already what the next topic will be before they write the first, and it is only to get responses and see where peoples' heads are. Enjoy your clicks Harv and when you move on to the HOME-GOING services, I shall purge myself of your intentions to start crap.

The Black race considers Homegoing to be the topic of our obits and this is nothing new. Grab a handful of obits from everyday Afro-American funerals then realize this topic was stupid.

980 days ago
100.

keisha    

Regards of what is said about whitney, there will never be other diva like her, no singer in the world has a voice like her she was truly one of a kind. To the houston i say my sincere sympathy, she is going to be greater miss R.I.P. Whitney

980 days ago
101.

amygreen    

Oh great article ,Age ain't nothing but a number for these loved-up A-Listers. My BF and I both think so! He is almost 10 years older than I .We met via~~--A g e r o m a n c e. C O M~~ a nice place for younger women and oldermen, or older women and younger men, to interact with each other! Maybe you wanna check it out or tell your friends

980 days ago
102.

amygreen    

Oh great article ,Age ain't nothing but a number for these loved-up A-Listers. My BF and I both think so! He is almost 10 years older than I .We met via~~--A g e r o m a n c e. C O M~~ a nice place for younger women and oldermen, or older women and younger men, to interact with each other! Maybe you wanna check it out or tell your friends

980 days ago
103.

Maria     

Why is this like a queen die putting the State's flags fly at half staff? like a hero? she was a singer who use and abuse drugs .......all he people who enable her and forgot about her when she need a hand they forgot about her ,now they are back crying,sobbing,telling her we love you when she can't hear not more? what a bunch of hypocrits, whwere were this people? her "friends" ?Whitney is gone and good bye ! stop the madness I never saw such a thing about someone dying it is a totally circus arena .When she was alive not one say nothing and now she is gone suddenly everyone loves her .!

980 days ago
104.

divinity    

your music lives on, rest in peace...

980 days ago
105.

laquita    

R.I.P u r a wondeful angel looking down on us with ah beautiful heart... god bless ur daughter, mother and family

980 days ago
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