Whitney Houston's invitation-only funeral service was flocked by her family and friends as well as celebrities close to the singer who was found underwater in a bathtub inside her Beverly Hilton Hotel room last February 11.
The funeral was done Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, the same church where Whitney honed her vocal skills as a young member of the choir with her mother Cissy Houston.
Whitney's cousin Dionne Warwick read a funeral poem during the service. "Don't grieve for me for now I'm free. I'm following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard him call. I turned my back and left it all."
Kevin Costner, who was Whitney's leading in her first movie The Bodyguard, said, "The Whitney I knew despite her success and worldwide fame still wondered 'Am I good enough?', 'Am I pretty enough?', 'Will they like me?' It was the burden that made her great and the part that caused her to stumble in the end. Whitney if you could hear me now I would tell you 'You weren't just good enough, you were great.'"
Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder also performed during the funeral service of the singer that is considered one of the greatest voices of all time. Her most popular songs included I Will Always Love You, Where Do Broken Hearts Go, I Have Nothing and I Wanna Dance (With Somebody Who Loves Me) among others.
She had a failed marriage to singer Bobby Brown with whom she had a daughter – Bobby Kristina Brown, 18.
Brown was reported to have come to the funeral but was asked to leave. Security also prevented him from seeing his daughter.
"This was a day to honor Whitney," Brown said. "I doubt whether Whitney would have wanted this to occur."
Bobbi Kristina seemed to have been upset with the scene that the presence of her father created and allegedly went missing a few hours after the funeral service.
The Daily Beast reported that the 18-year-old, who already entered rehab last year, went to her hotel room and got high.
Whitney Houston's body was laid to rest next to her father on Sunday, February 19, at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J.
A hearse with Whitney's picture on its window carried the singer's body to the cemetery while I Will Always Love You was being played and onlookers throwing flowers lined up the road to pay their respects to the world-famous singer.