Here’s the official Whitney Houston invitation … and Whitney’s family is not referring to the singer’s burial ceremony as a “funeral” … but rather a “home going service.”
The invite — obtained by TMZ — reads, “With heartfelt gratitude, the Houston Family requests the honor of your presence at the home going service for Whitney Elizabeth Houston.”
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.
As we previously reported, the ceremony at The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ will be a very exclusive affair … with a guest list hand-selected by Whitney’s family.
The event will begin at 12:00 PM EST — with several of Houston’s famous friends expected to participate in the service … including Kevin Costner, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin.
Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder are set to perform musical tributes to Whitney Houston during her funeral in New Jersey on Saturday.
We’re also told Oprah Winfrey has been invited to the private service at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, and that Kevin Costner will speak about his co-star from The Bodyguard.
Houston’s musical mentor Clive Davis is confirmed to speak, and gospel singer Marvin Winans is slated to eulogize his longtime friend.
Despite reports elsewhere, Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown will be in attendance at the funeral.
Whitney Houston’s family has scheduled a private viewing for tomorrow at the funeral home where the singer’s body is currently being held …
The viewing at Whigham Funeral home in Newark, New Jersey is invite only … with an EXTREMELY tight guest list.
We’re told Bobbi Kristina will be there — it will be the first time she’s seen her mother since she passed.
Sources say the family wanted to have a special moment together without cameras around … and that’s why the decision was made to have a viewing the day before the funeral.
TMZ broke the story … Bobbi tried to get into her mother’s Beverly Hilton hotel room the day she died — but was denied access by law enforcement.
Whitney’s funeral is still scheduled for Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark.