On the passing of Whitney Houston:
“I just can’t talk about it now. It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen. My heart goes out to Cissy, her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby.”– Aretha Franklin
“Words cannot express the pain I feel in my heart for the loss of a remarkable woman Whitney Houston. May your soul be at rest with Jesus. To the Houston and Brown Family may god be with you all in your time of need.”– Cleavester Brooks
“By now you have all learned of the unspeakably tragic news of our beloved Whitney’s passing. I don’t have to mask my emotion in front of a room full of so many dear friends. I am personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me for so many years.
Whitney was so full of life. She was so looking forward to tonight even though she wasn’t scheduled to perform. She loved music and she loved this night that celebrates music.
My heart goes out to her daughter Bobbi Christina, to her mother Cissy, to all of her relatives and to so many of you here tonight, her extended family who loved and cherished her and her spirit.
Whitney was a beautiful person and a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage with her regal presence and gave so many memorable performances here over the years. Simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked that we carry on.”-Clive Davis, from the Pre-Grammy Party
“There are NO words – Let it suffice to say WHITNEY! #RIP! May God strengthen her family and special friends, in particular my sisters Kim Burrell and CeCe Winans.”-Judith Christie McAllister
“She had everything, beauty, a magnificent voice. How sad her gifts could not bring her the same happiness they brought us.”– Barbara Streisand
I am so saddened by her death. I grew up admiring her beauty and music. Every time I listen to her albums I get Chills! As a fan I am at a loss, but my heart and prayers go out to her mother – Cissy, Daughter, Bobbi Kristina, her Aunt Dionne, her Godmother Aretha, and even Bobby Brown; her other family members, extended family and friends. Your music will live on in our hearts and minds, and your inner beauty will not be forgotten. May you be with our Lord in Peace, surrounded by Angels. RIP Whitney.
Rest in peace Whitney. See also samples of sympathy messages to offer your deepest sympathy to Houston Family.
To Whitney Houston’s family I am deeply sorry for your loss and yet… those words don’t do justice to what I feel for the loss of our precious Whitney, our princess, our royalty and what you obviously must be feeling, from one bereaved parent to another. I know. I had my daughter for just 11 years before she was called home to be with our Heavenly Father.
Whitney will be deeply missed for many, many years to come by everyone who loved her and there were millions who loved her so very much, our precious gift from God. I know she is in a better place I know this. She made her peace with God some time ago. It was obvious she had done so and she was fighting to honor that. It’s not easy for any of us to honor the promise we make to God but we do and I truly believe she was faithful in her service to God. She is with the angels now and they are gently caring for her and nurturing her after a long journey here on earth.
A special condolences to little Whitney (Bobbi Kristina). My heart is breaking for you. Your are still so young yet. I have maternal love for you because I watched you grow up to be such a beautiful little lady. You and my daughter were born the same year. You will do great things some day. You have been through so much. There is a special plan for your life. I live each day to make my daughter proud of me and to not disappoint God. Live your life to the fullest as your mom would have wanted. Make Whitney proud. Be happy. It’s what she would want, is for you to be happy. Know that you have loads and loads of love all around you. We are all here for you, your family members, your mother’s fans and there are millions of us. We are all praying for you to pull through and come out on the other side victorious and with a richer understanding of life and what this all means. Pull from your varied rich source of strength, your grandma, your aunts, God mother and God father and many other family and friends. Janet Jackson did a video with Anderson Cooper offering condolences. I would like you to find it on the internet and give it a listen when you are up to it or if you are able to call her, call her. You know grieving is an individual process, it takes as long as it takes for each individual . So take your time, nurture yourself, let your family nurture you also, rest, eat healthy and pray a lot, a lot. Start a journal to your mom in heaven and to God pouring out your emotions to Him. God loves you. He will bring you through this.
Many blessings sweetie. Sending love, love, love
Wanda, I am sorry for your lost. May God continue to keep you in his care. Your daughter is watching a mommy and smiling. Be Blessed!
I Will Always Love You ( a tribute)
I was called home shocking my fans and family beyond belief
Leaving this old tired world before my time leaving everyone sad and blue
My life taken away, stolen like in the night by a thief
But don’t mourn me, celebrate my life because everyone, I will always love you
Blessed with the voice of a angel, I will now take my place to the choir on high
I was lucky enough to share my gift of song to the world and all
I will always love you, my fans, my family, and my friends, it was too soon to say good bye
Too soon, for me to have taken this really bad fall.
I think no one was ready for me to play with the grim reaper
But when he comes for you, you can’t hide, your choices are very few
You can’t run and hide, from him no one can deter
But don’t cry for me, because I will always love you.
My physical life, had it’s ups and downs, but now eternally I can rest
But even from death, please remember me, always keep my memory within your view
Sometimes life was for me so very hard, to face it, I tried my very best
Even though death took me, I will always love you.
With the world, I wanted to share a part of myself, my gift would forever stamp time
Making you remember me, hearing my voice, you know it’s me, no need to ask who
Now my voice has gone home and to Earth, it will remain as silent as a mime
Even though I am no longer here, I will always love you.
My physical presence, no longer here, but when you hear my voice, don’t cry for me
When you hear my voice, celebrate my life, even though no more will I be within your view
Remember my life, even though from this life I wasn’t ready to flee
So from me Whitney, to everyone, I will always love you.
I am so sorry for your loss and words cannot express what I truly feel. However, I pray that God will surround you with His love, protection and comfort during this time of such great loss. I as a senior citizen have enjoyed your, daughter, your mother, your sister, your niece your cousin for many years. Her music spanned the generations in our family because of what she sang and how her music inspired us. May her memory live on and each of you be strengthened and encouraged to go on knowing that you shared a wonderful person with the rest of the World.
2/19/2012 hi sorry tov bother you all at this diffecalt time i loved witrney a lot. the houstine family you all have my very very very very very deepest sympathys lisa geraci
Whitney,Thank you for hepling me at your store this morning and for introducing me to Scott. I wish I would have stopped to visit with you. After reading the above blog I realize I missed an opportunity to get to know a remarkable young lady! You will probably go on to help many other people as you continue to grow in strength and wisdom.
I wrote an essay on Whitney Houston, in celebration of her life and accomplishments. As a community college instructor in Baltimore City, I have shared this essay with students in my English classes, who continue to mourn the loss of Whitney. One student suggested that I offer the essay to Whitney’s family, but I’m not sure how that may be possible. This is the essay:
Whitney Houston is the most celebrated, award-winning female vocalist of all time. Through her unparalleled accomplishments in both mainstream and Gospel music, also having had a lasting impression as a movie actress, Whitney has left a legacy that goes far beyond entertainment. Whether a listener is secular or religious, non-practicing or of faith, it is difficult to deny that Whitney Houston’s angelic voice and mercurial stage presence were and are reflections of a higher place that is beyond the Earth.
As a pop singer, Whitney Houston reached a worldwide audience at a very young age. The sweet melodies of her many number-one hits are permanent radio staples, recognizable to listeners of all walks of life. As the star of the movie “The Bodyguard,” Whitney proved to the world that her talents extended beyond just music. It is worth mentioning that movie producers at first did not believe that Whitney would effectively transition from the musical stage to the movie set. To the surprise of many, Whitney’s dazzling performance on the silver screen brought record-setting returns to the box office, endearing her to more fans than ever before.
Whitney Houston first found her voice in the Baptist church, where she sang in a choir. While her most well-known accomplishments were in the area of popular music, those closest to Whitney recall that she had lived a life of deep religious faith. After achieving the highest possible success as a mainstream artist, Whitney returned to her roots and created Gospel albums. In acceptance speeches for her numerous music awards, Whitney always remembered to give thanks and praise to her higher power.
At the 2012 Grammy Awards, L.L. Cool J opened the ceremony with a prayer for Whitney, who had tragically died just one day prior. “There’s no way around it,” the Grammy host began. “We’ve had a death in our family. For me, the only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer for a woman who we love, for our fallen sister, Whitney Houston.” It was a touching moment of the televised event, as the entire audience appeared to bow their heads in unison. L.L. led the prayer, “Heavenly Father, we thank you for sharing our sister Whitney with us. Today our thoughts are with her mother, her daughter and all of her loved ones. And although she is gone too soon, we remain truly blessed to have been touched by her beautiful spirit, and to have the legacy of her music to cherish and share forever. Amen.”
Throughout my life, I have never been a particularly religious person. But ever since Whitney Houston’s passing, I’ve started seeing things in a different light. When I hear the exceptionally powerful and purposeful sound of Whitney’s voice, I am somehow led to more seriously consider the possibility of heaven, and the existence of a higher power which has made it possible for someone so talented to share her gift with the world. Quite simply, Whitney’s voice is celestial. The remarkable quality of her songs is virtually proof that Whitney has been gifted to the world because of a higher power — in other words, something greater than a record company executive or a music industry talent agent. As her family and fans continue to mourn the loss of someone so brilliant, beautiful and beloved, there is comfort in knowing that Whitney Houston has now returned to a place where her spirit may live on forever.
I am just a common fan. First heard your daugher’s voice when I was 12. I will never, ever forget the color of the carpet I was sitting on at the time I very first heard her it on the radio. The sound just soothed me. It continues to this day, through child birth, death, marriage, divorce…what have you…I just want to say thank you Cissy and I am so sorry. You are not to be blamed. You are 100 percent incredible…Please do not doubt the everlasting presence your daughter will have always..there was, is and never will be another like her. My very best. Very best from my kiddos too. 🙂