Whitney Houston’s funeral invite has just been released, and while the official service is on Saturday, Whitney’s body will be laid to rest on Sunday.
The invite to the ceremony at New Hope Baptist Church makes no mention of a “funeral,” instead calling it a “going home” service for Whitney Elizabeth Houston. The invite features a beautiful photo of the legendary singer, smiling with her signature short, curly locks.
“With heartfelt gratitude, the Houston Family requests the honor of your presence at the home going service for Whitney Elizabeth Houston,” the invite reads.
As TMZ reports: “A ‘home going’ service is more common in the Black community and is usually more upbeat and positive than a typical funeral. The focus is to honor the deceased as they go "home" to Heaven to be with God.”
The event will begin at 12pm EST, taking place in Newark, New Jersey.
Whitney will then be buried on Sunday in Westfield New Jersey’s Fairview Cemetery, a law enforcement source told ABC news. Media will be allowed to start setting up at 6am.
Aretha Franklin confirmed that she will be signing at Whitney’s Saturday ceremony.
“It’s so sad,” Aretha said on NBC News. “Whitney lost her way along the way, somewhere.”
Kevin Costner is also expected to attend the services on Saturday, and he will reportedly also speak during the service.
Stevie Wonder will also sing at the service, and Clive David, Oprah Winfrew, Bill Cosby, LA Reid, Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton will all be in attendance.