The invite, obtained by TMZ, reads: “With heartfelt gratitude, the Houston Family requests the honour 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 (6pm Nigerian time), with several of Houston’s famous friends expected to participate in the service, including Kevin Costner, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin.
Mel Gibson was invited to Whitney Houston’s funeral and the family extended the invite because Mel tried to help the singer during a very dark period in her life, TMZ has learned.
Sources tell us several years ago, when Whitney was about as bad off with drugs and alcohol as she ever was, Mel quietly intervened and spent a lot of time with her, trying to help her break the addiction cycle.
We’re told Whitney’s family is “extremely appreciative” and wanted Mel at tomorrow’s funeral, but because of family plans he can’t attend.