We know a lot of her fans would've liked a venue to share their grief and mourn together, but we think this is for the best. Her family is just in such distress right now; they deserve the chance to say farewell in private.
While it was rumored yesterday that a public memorial was being planned for Whitney Houston at Newark's Prudential Center, close to the Hope Baptist Church where Whitney first started her singing career, her family has decided against the service and has opted just to have an invitation-only service at the church on Saturday.
Carolyn Whigham, owner of the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark who is handling all the arrangements for the funeral, confirmed the news to the press today, saying:
"(The family has) shared her for 30-some years with the city, with the state, with the world. This is their time now for their farewell."
The funeral will take place at Hope Baptist Church at noon on Saturday. Besides her family, a list of attendees has not been released, so we have no idea which big named stars will be flying out to the Garden State to pay their respects.
We hope a lot of her dear friends from the industry will make it, though. It's a sad time, but it's important to say a final farewell, especially to someone as bright and as wonderful as Whitney.
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