Bobbi Kristina Brown's Heartbreaking Burial Service Asks for Prayers for Cissy Houston

by Antoinette Bueno 1:20 PM PDT, August 03, 2015
Playing Bobbi Kristina Brown's Heartbreaking Burial Service Asks for Prayers for Cissy Houston

Bobbi Kristina Brown's burial service on Monday in Westfield, New Jersey, was obviously an emotional time for all of her friends and family, but especially for her grandmother, Cissy Houston.

As Bobbi Kristina was laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery alongside her mother, the late Whitney Houston, the funeral director asked those in attendance to keep 81-year-old Cissy in their prayers, as she had unimaginably, just buried her granddaughter next to her daughter and also her late husband -- John Russell Houston -- who died in 2003 of cardiac arrest after a long battle with diabetes and heart disease.

At the short and emotional service, Cissy, who was clad in all-white, held on to her daughter-in-law, Pat Houston. The gospel singer had trouble getting up and walking to the casket to lay a flower down, as attendees cried -- and even wailed -- at the burial.

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Monday’s burial service consisted of a small gathering of mostly Bobbi Kristina's family, including her extended family member, singer Dionne Warwick. While a few Brown family members were also present, Bobbi Kristina's father, Bobby Brown, was not there, presumably to be by the side of his wife, who was rushed to the hospital following Saturday's funeral in Atlanta. The intimate group stood under a large tent, while a bishop and a local minister each delivered prayers and a song was sung.

Following the hour-long service, the group headed to a family member's house for a gathering.

Earlier in the day, Cissy was seen in the front seat of Bobbi Kristina's gold hearse with her hands under her chin, in what appeared to be a prayer.

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Bobbi Kristina died on July 26 at age 22 while in hospice care. Her death came six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Georgia home. In May, Cissy told ET's Kevin Frazier that she was ready for "whatever the Lord decides" when it came to her granddaughter's condition. 

" ... Whatever the Lord decides, I'm ready for her... I have nothing to do with that," she said. "That's His job. It's His territory, you know? And I understand it."

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A memorial service for the only daughter of Bobby Brown and the late "I Will Always Love You" singer took place on Saturday at the St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. Cissy actually performed "The Lord Is My Shepherd" during the service, bringing the crowd to its feet. Watch the video below for more details on the service, which focused on spirituality, family, and music.