Whitney Houston will be laid to rest on Saturday afternoon in Newark, New Jersey, in a private invitation-only funeral service.

Unlike Michael Jackson’s funeral which was held in a stadium and open to the public, Houston’s family wants to keep her ceremony private. They have also declined to host a public wake for the singer and have told fans to stay away from the church. Instead, Houston’s family has opted to allow a camera into the service.

Houston died last weekend of undetermined causes, and since her passing many have speculated about her funeral. Houston’s godmother, Aretha Franklin, and family friend Stevie Wonder will reportedly sing at the service and she will be eulogized by Rev. Marvin Winans.

New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie declared that flags around the state will be flown at half-staff to honor Houston, a New Jersey native.

Whitney Houston’s funeral will broadcast via MSNBC, CNN, and other stations as well as streamed online.

Will you be watching? 

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  • Justme

    I will probably watch. I sure do think this is sad. God Bless family and friends during the time of their loss. Rest In Peace Whitney

  • Elaine

    ~ Yes, I will be watching, sadly and heartbroken…. such a great loss to us all…. one of our all time great, gifted, entertainers with a voice like an angel. First and foremost, let’s remember, Whitney was a human being “let any one of you who has not sinned, cast the first stone”… we all fall short at times. She was a child of God and HE knew her heart. May u rest in Peace Whitney. You are so loved and will be missed immensely!!

  • Elaine

    ~ I just wanted to add….I’m so grateful and thank the Houston family for the opportunity to be able to pay my respects in a sense, through television. I LOVED Whitney from day one and hurt when she hurt… as she was going thru so much in life. My heart goes out to Bobbi Kristina, Cissy, Whitney’s brothers, and her extended family and friends. May God be with u all thru this sad, sad, time. I respect and admire you Cissy and think you’re a wonderful Christan woman, and mother. my heart goes out to you, especially.~

  • jeff

    Yes.. this would be my last homage to my most beloved of singers.. the most beautiful voice of our time… definitely… i’ll say one final good bye to her… i’m in tears as i write this.. Good Bye Whitney … rest in eternal peace.. we love you….