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Whitney Houston's Family Decides Against A Public Memorial

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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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6 comments to “Whitney Houston's Family Decides Against A Public Memorial”



  1. 1

    Rumored is right. Probably started by a website just like this one, with no actual truth to any of it. I believe nothing I read on this site anymore, or most sites. It's all made up crap or rumors with no real verification. It's getting pretty old.



  2. 2

    I don't blame them. Hey! If you've ever been to Newark, you'll understand why. ’nuff said.



  3. 3

    I'm sure they will have one at a later date. And charge a small administrative fee of course.



  4. 4

    And……………… who cares!!!!! RIP crack-head



  5. 5

    From what I have heard about Whitney's mother, she's going to do what is best for Bobbi Kristina right now and that girl is already under a big microscope as it is. While there may be many fans grieving, no one is grieving like the Houston family and they should be able to say their goodbyes in private.

    Re: CaliCoyote – Obviously you care, dumbass! You took time put of breathing with your mouth open to post a mean spirited comment. Karma's a bitch!



  6. 6

    I live ten minutes form Newark… crazy that all this is happening right near my house this weekend and so many celebrities will be there. It's a great idea to bury her in Newark, as it's where she's from, and it's also a great idea to keep it private. RIP Whitney, one of the best Jersey Girls