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Public needs to mourn for Whitney Houston: Queen's University professor

2012-02-21

Queen’s University professor Jill Scott is available comment on Whitney Houston fans asking for a public memorial service to give them an opportunity to mourn her death. Ms. Houston will be memorialized at a service at the New Hope Baptist Church in New Jersey tomorrow during an invitation-only service. The funeral will be broadcast live on the internet starting at noon.

"Just because we don't know someone personally, doesn't mean that our sense of loss is less real,” says Professor Scott. “Fans do not want to be told to watch Whitney Houston's funeral on TV. They need to be offered ways to mediate their strong emotions of mourning, and gathering with other people is a large part of that."

Professor Scott researches mourning and forgiveness and is the author of A Poetics of Forgiveness: Cultural Responses to Loss and Forgiveness (Palgrave Macmillan 2010).

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