Whitney Houston's funeral will be a somber affair for friends and family who want to say goodbye to her in person.
The funeral service was originally planned to be held Friday at the Prudential Center, a massive venue Houston's birthplace of Newark, N.J., according to The Star-Ledger, which cited a conversation with an unnamed local community leader who knows Houston's family.
The Associated Press, which reported Monday that Houston's body was set to be flown from Los Angeles to Newark Monday evening, wrote Monday that two people who have had conversations with her family said they may also hold a wake for her on Thursday.
The two unnamed sources said that funeral arrangements are being handled by the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, which also tended to the funeral affairs of Whitney Houston's father, John Houston, according to the AP.
A woman who answered the phone at Whigham Monday evening declined to reveal any details, including whether or not the funeral is being arranged through the funeral home.
Houston was raised in East Orange, next to Newark, and she started her singing career as a young child at New Hope Baptist Church.