Reverend Joe Carter, whose New Hope Baptist Church is handling the funeral of Whitney Houston this Saturday in Newark, talked with "Extra's" AJ Calloway about the preparations -- and how the family is holding up.
"Bobbi Kristina, Cissy, the brothers and the entire family, they are grieving and it's been tough," said Rev. Carter. "But I'll tell you that Cissy Houston has shown remarkable strength, and she's going to need our prayer and support to help her get through this -- not just this weekend but in the days, weeks and months and years to come."
What are some of the preparations for the service? "It's taken a lot to definitely honor her in a way that she deserves," he said. "It's taken a lot of cooperation, from a global scale to a local scale, including law enforcement. Our church family and family of Whitney, we've all been working together in every step to cover all bases so that this will be done decently and in order."
The reverend continued, "There's going to be a grand celebration of life and a strong musical presence. And so however, whoever, I'm not exactly sure what the end result will be, just that we'll honor and remember Whitney Houston in a grand fashion as the way she lived."
Houston's invitation-only funeral will take place Saturday at 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT at the New Hope Baptist Church. Guests will include Kevin Costner, Stevie Wonder, Clive Davis and Aretha Franklin, with reports that Oprah Winfrey, Brandy, Chaka Khan and others will also attend.