Reporters, photographers, and onlookers have begun to gather at the church where Natasha Richardson is expected to be laid to rest this afternoon.
According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, police are bracing for traffic congestion from the media and onlookers. The officers are also bracing for possible protesters from Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, who announced they would picket at Richardson's funeral because of her tireless devotion to finding a cure for AIDS.
The private funeral service is scheduled for 2 PM EDT at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lithgow, where Natasha lived with her husband Liam Neeson and their two sons. The actress died on Wednesday of brain injuries following a freak skiing accident in Quebec, Canada.