On Monday, August 3, the body of Bobbi Kristina Brown was laid to rest beside her late iconic mother Whitney Houston. Around twenty members of the Houston clan together with superstar Dionne Warwick and friends laid Bobbi Kristina to rest at the Fairview cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey. A golden colored hearse took the body from a Newark funeral home to the burial site. This was followed by two vehicles carrying relatives - including singer Dionne Warwick.
Police sealed off roads to the cemetery and only about a dozen fans could be seen at the gates as the gold-coloured hearse passed by. The burial service was only resevered for family and friends. However, father Bobby Brown and the entire Brown family, though they were invited, were a no show. Bobbi Kristina's ex-boyfriend was not invited.
One who was at the cemetery, Michael Tarashuk, told Reuters: "I wanted to show support to the Houston family and for Whitney Houston. I was here three years ago for Whitney Houston."
Carolyn Whigham, the excutive officer and owner of Whigham Funeral Home in Newark was in charge of Bobbi's burial as well as Whitney Houston's funeral in 2012. Houston was laid to rest in the cemetery next to her dad, John Russell Houston. "My heart goes out to Cissy," Whigham says, referring to Cissy Houston, who was mother to Whitney and grandmother to Bobbi Kristina, "It's never a mother's or father's plan to lay their child to rest. And then to lose a child, and turn around and lose a grandchild ...
She paused, then continued.
"It's unbelievable. It's unimaginable. But I believe the strength that she has in God, she will get through the journey."
Whigham says she and her staff leaned on their faith yesterday morning, too, taking a moment to pray because of the close relationship they have with the Houston family. They bowed their heads three years ago when Whigham handled the funeral services for Houston, who died Feb. 11, 2012, after she was found unconscious in a bathtub on the eve of the Grammy awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California.
On Jan. 31, Bobbi Kristina was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub by boyfriend Nick Gordon in the home they shared in Roswell, Ga. She died at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Ga., where she was moved in late June.