Monday, February 20, 2012

Whitney Houston Laid to Rest + Full Homegoing Celebration Program (Obituary)

If you're anything like me, you still can't believe that Whitney Houston has passed away. It has truly been so hard for my to accept, and the rare moments of acceptance that I do have are filled with crying spells. Yes, it's that real to me. Since her death I was wondering and hoping how the family would go about giving me hero a homegoing service. I wondered in what way would they honor her life?

That question was answered and with the best response I could've imagined on Saturday 2/18 when Whitney's mom Cissy Houston and family gave her the best homegoing celebration in the church she grew up in. It was incredible for many reasons. Friends and family from throughout Whitney's incredible life and career were there all to share their love and memories.

Guests on program included, Donnie McClurkin, Tyler Perry, Oprah, Ray J, Brandy, Kim Burrell, Alicia Keys, Kevin Costner, R. Kelly, Clive Davis, and many more. The words of encouragement given to the family, the testimonies toWhitney's undying love for Jesus, and the uplifting songs sang were all simply beautiful. As many put it, Cissy Houston brought the whole world to church to celebrate her daughter's life, and I can't help but believe Whitney wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

Many touching moments occurred during the services. Highlights for many were Kim Burrell's personal rendition of Sam Cooke's Change Is Gonna Come, Tyler Perry's testimony to Whitney's faith, Kevin Costner's heartfelt story, and the Winans' family over all. It was an experience you can get in any black church around the country on any given Sunday, but with a special touch for Whitney. At the end of the service her casket was carried out with her incredible voice singing her iconic rendition of "I Will Always Love You" while her mother and daughter followed. Tears began to flow immediately from the family, friends present, and fans around the world.

Sunday in a private burial Whitney Houston's body was laid to rest next to her father who passed in 2003. She is greatly missed, but her legacy lives on.

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