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Celine Dion Bares A Brave Face As She Greets Hundreds Of Mourners At Her Husband's Wake

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Celine is so strong.

We're glad Celine Dion has so much support during this tough time.

On Thursday, the 47-year-old solemnly stood at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal as she invited the masses to pay their respects to her late husband, René Angélil.

The singer greeted hundreds of mourners during the visitation that was held in the very same building where she and her longtime love first tied the knot decades ago.

Related: Here's How Celine's Kids Are Coping

The live-streamed open-casket ceremony captured the manager's wife as she interacted with grieving guests, while donning a bun and a simple veil.

You can see more photos from the memorial in the gallery (above).

Her husband's funeral on Friday — which he planned before he lost his battle with cancer — will also be streamed online, and the lovely lady even provided fans with the link, sharing on Twitter:

Our thoughts are with Celine and her family as they mourn the loss of René, as well as her brother Daniel Dion.

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Here's How Celine Dion's Children Are Coping Following The Death Of Their Father René Angélil

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Celine Dion always stayed strong for her family as René Angélil's health declined.

Now, after his passing last Thursday, the songstress is putting on a "brave face" despite being "extremely heartbroken."

In March the Power of Love singer told People:

"My kids need me a lot, my husband needs me and I need to keep going. If I'm too withdrawn, I don't think my family will overcome that. I have to show myself, my husband and my kids and I am strong and we're okay."

The 47-year-old and her late husband share three sons together — René-Charles, 15, and 5-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson.

Related: Celine's Brother Also Died From Cancer

A source close to the family says it's been an understandably difficult time as the funeral approaches on Friday:

"They're obviously grieving. René-Charles being a teenager has had a more difficult time with the situation than the twins, who are so young."

Celine's longtime stylist and close pal Annie Horth adds:

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Celine Dion Is Scheduled To Return To The Vegas Stage Just One Day After Her Husband's Funeral

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It has been an extremely emotional time for Celine Dion.

Last Thursday, her husband, René Angélil, passed away after a long battle with cancer. The death of her brother Daniel Dion followed two days later.

Now, the 47-year-old legend is scheduled to get right back in the swing of things on Saturday when she takes the stage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas — just one day after Angélil's funeral at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal.

Related: Celebs Mourn René Angelil After His Passing

We're sure singing and performing will be the best therapy for the My Heart Will Go On singer.

A source tells People:

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Celine Dion's Late Husband René Angélil Made Funeral Arrangements Prior To His Death

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Even in death René Angélil is supportive of Celine Dion.

According to Dion's longtime stylist and friend Annie Horth, the late music manager planned his funeral prior to his tragic and sudden passing last Thursday.

Related: Celine Puts Her Vegas Shows On Hold

Angélil, who was sick with throat cancer since 1998, made his arrangements sooner than later so his beloved wife wouldn't have the burden of executing logistics while in mourning. The move isn't too surprising since the father lived for the singer during their blissful marriage of 21 years.

Annie explained:

"René was generous enough to prepare all of this since the last few months with Céline. He didn't know when it would happen, but he really wanted everything to be already prepared."

How thoughtful. We imagine this gesture is especially helpful for the icon considering she also lost her brother Daniel Dion to cancer just days after René's death.

Horth spoke on C.D.'s state of mind given the kind act, saying:

"Celine is going through this peacefully and with control."

What a relief.

As for the funeral service, the stylist admits the Notre-Dame Basilica couldn't be a more perfect place to say goodbye to the cherished husband:

"The whole funeral, that was all René's wishes. He obviously wanted to have his funeral where he married the love of his life."

So touching. We hope the send off on January 21 is just as special as René was.

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Celine Dion Will NOT Sing At René Angélil's Funeral

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Celine is shutting down those rumors.

Celine Dion is too sad to sing.

Following the death of her husband, René Angélil, reports have been circulating that the soulful songstress would be performing at his funeral.

However, the amazing artist's rep has shut down speculation, saying that she never considered performing during the manager's ceremony.

Related: Celine's Brother Also Died From Cancer

Instead, it is possible that her music might play in the background at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal.

We totally understand why the musician doesn't feel up to performing at her longtime love's final goodbye. Our hearts are with her during this tough time.

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Celine Dion's Brother Passes Away From Cancer At 59

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Our hearts break for Celine Dion and her family.

So soon after the music icon's husband René Angélil passed away after his own long battle with cancer, her brother Daniel Dion has succumbed to the same terrible disease.

It was revealed on January 15 — just one day after Angélil's death– that the singer's 59-year-old brother only had "days or hours" to live.

Related: Celebs Mourn René After His Passing

Now, on Saturday morning, Daniel has died, according to reports.

Daniel was one of Celine's 13 brothers and sisters.

Prior to his passing, Celine's sister Claudette explained this tragedy is something far too familiar:

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The Funeral For Celine Dion's Husband Will Be Held In The Same Church Where They Got Married

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So heartbreaking.

Our hearts are just breaking for Celine Dion.

On Friday, the sensational singer took to Facebook to share a touching obituary for her husband, René Angélil, who tragically lost his battle with cancer on Thursday.

Related: Celine's Brother Is Also Dying Of Cancer

In the lengthy post, the 47-year-old revealed details about her longtime love's funeral plans.

The gorgeous gal's team explained that her late spouse will be laid to rest in Canada — where they tied the knot decades ago:

"According to his final wishes, his Funeral will be held at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, where 21 years ago, he chose to marry the one who will remain as the great love of his life, the artist for which he had the most respect, the woman who gave him light and happiness until his very last breath."

How heartbreaking.

Saying goodbye to the person you love certainly isn't easy. But Celine is also allowing everyone to bid her husband a final farewell.

On Thursday, January 21 she invited the public to an open Chapel of Rest between 2 and 9 p.m., so anyone who wants to can pay tribute to her man.

The following day, a religious service will be held at 3 p.m.

And Caesars Palace in Las Vegas — where the star has just canceled some shows so she can grieve — will also be hosting a Celebration of Life on February 3 between 7 and 9 p.m.

Take a look at René's full obituary (below):

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