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Whitney Houston funeral is private, music comforts the public

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Whitney Houston strikes a pose during her performance at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Monday, April 10, 2000, during taping of the "25 Years of #1 Hits: Arista Records' Anniversary Celebration."

Whitney Houston funeral details remain unchanged -- it will be a private service, planned by her family, at a church in her hometown of Newark, N.J. No public memorial has been set.

Fans finding it difficult to mourn together can be connected online, however. One AP camera will be let into the service and it will be live streaming the memorial.

Houston's hometown supporters began gathering outside the church where her funeral is planned for Saturday, and outside of the funeral home. Fans have fewer options for togetherness in Los Angeles where there is no Hollywood Walk of Fame star or obvious Whitney-related location.

Based on iTunes sales, and her reentry into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, it seems the bulk of the mourning is happening through her music.

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