On Saturday, the late Whitney Houston was memorialized and celebrated in a funeral/Going Home service at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ. Yesterday, she was laid to eternal rest at her burial service at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, NJ. Click below to see some photos from yesterday’s service and please join me in saying one final goodbye to the irreplaceable Whitney Houston.
Whitney Houston’s journey “home” ended with a private burial in New Jersey on Sunday … A crowd gathered at the entrance to Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, south of Newark, where Houston’s body arrived late Sunday morning. She was laid to rest next to her father in the cemetery.
Her burial brings an end to her “coming home,” as her family dubbed the invitation-only memorial service held a day earlier at her childhood church in Newark. The family-only burial is in contrast to the emotionally charged, star-studded memorial service held at New Hope Baptist Church, where Houston, nicknamed “Nippy,” was soloing in the junior choir by age 11. “Jesus Loves Me” was the last song Houston sang in public before her death on February 11 in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 48. So it was fitting that the mourners — comforted and encouraged by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and R. Kelly — heard the simple, but powerful, “Jesus Loves Me,” this time performed by CeCe Winans.
The mourners inside the church represented an amalgamation of Houston’s life, from childhood friends to gospel singers, from music stars to movie stars … Oprah Winfrey, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Spike Lee were among those who attended.
The burial was a totally private service that was not broadcast for public view … which is not only respectful but fitting, I think. Whitney was buried next to her father John Russell Houston, Jr. and is now finally at rest:
I’m still having a hard time processing the fact that she’s really gone. Every time a Whitney Houston song comes on (and it’s happened a lot here in Amsterdam in the past few days), I immediately perk up … and then remember, she’s gone. I truly hope wherever she is in the universe right now that she is finally at peace. She will be missed … missed and loved for all time.