February 15th, 2012
10:56 PM ET

Video: Winans: We'll bury Whitney with dignity

Pastor Marvin Winans explains why Whitney Houston's funeral should be a private affair, not a public spectacle. Anderson Cooper spoke with him in an exclusive interview.

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  1. Stephen Guido

    The Price of being Great & Exceptional has costs that are sometimes unbearable & in many instances carries baggage,one cannot readily rid itself from. The cost of loneliness, self inflicted pressure and constant expectancy of perfection can eat away at a persons Freedom, one can only imagine what cause & cross this poor soul carried. That being said, we should all be reminded that SUCCESS can at times be a greater THORN in life than failure, nobody wants to wake up and fail! The press can not take away the many accomplishments and contibutions to society and local communities this young person involved herself in, nor can it every enter any groove od a recording or track on a tape, the demons are now gone and it's time for her to Sing in Heaven, RIP Whitney, you were something else!!

    February 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  2. Lee

    I dont think you read these comments but perhaps you will glance this way by chance , I think we saw the best TV of all times in the Home going service of Whitney Huston , but I can not understand why Kevin C. who delivered a touching and power condolence and was one of my favorites, has not made a public apology for cussing in a consecrated pulpit , I'm no uptight person (arguably ) but as a decent man I think he should and as a member of a community that still hold the church in high esteem , I find it not out off harness to ask that an apology be so rendered ....

    February 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm |

    To us she is an angel among humans then and now. Earlier, I mentioned I had an interaction with someone "claiming" to have had interactions with Cissy and Whitney Houston; Mr Sam Vine. Although, I do believe Mr. Vine, I do feel a need to supercede that mention with one more notable: I had the privilege to have met Kevin Costner and his "then" wife while he was in Syracuse for her, I believe, class reunion. We spoke in a quiet and private environment. Imagine, I know firsthand, he kissed her... This morning, I woke singing a Whitney Houston ballad.

    February 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  4. Devin Johnson

    It amazes me that after 30 years of entertaining the public, Whitney houston will be eulogized privately; Among family, friends and entertainers. I agree with some of Pastor Winans comments, but I disagree with the comment made towards the insensitiveness of the Media in lieu of this tragic event. Entertainers are just that, they entertain and make friends with the public. The media's Job is to report and when you have a public lifestyle, you remain in the public eye. The insensitive part in all of this is that no one was there to tell her the Truth about herself whether public or private. The Bible says to whom much is given, much is required. Why is the media wrong for doing their job? They're not turned away when an entertainer is performing, in fact it's welcomed. Now those that made Whitney who she is, her fans, want to find peace and closure along with the family. No more shifting the blame. It is what it is and she is now gone. I commend the media for the great coverage and the information provided. Keep doing what you're doing, perhaps we can save others in the future before it gets this far.

    February 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Vee

      I totallyagree with you...I don't understand why they would do her fans like this...

      February 16, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
  5. jrachelle

    He's a pastor and should know that the feeling that "this person belongs to me or us" is a common feeling when a loved one dies. As is wondering what more you could have done. I respect that Whitney is his family but it is absolutely wrong of him to assume people loved her only for her music or that we also didn't have a feeling that she was our family and we loved her as such. We loved her when she sang well and when she didn't. We loved her when she was sober and we loved her more when she wasn't. I can only image how frustrating thousands of people would be at a time like this, but perhaps a little kindness and gratitude would be better received..

    February 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  6. Tanja Bergier

    Thank you Anderson Cooper for interviewing Pastor Winans!..Great interview!..Thank you Pastor Winans for giving Anderson the interview. It was done with such class.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  7. dona

    when is about life i like to talk ..but when is about death ..is difficult and yes we forget what is love what is respect what is frend and family.. just money money ..is sad for her she was young...for me she did not have somebody close to her to help..and olso i am not agree she was strong .."she was not strong charachter because if was ..she will in life in this moment..together with her daughter.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm |

    It would have been nice if those who now identify themselves as close friends of Whitney and/or Whitney's family to have assisted her in life so that she could "Live with dignity"...It appears as if she didn't "live with dignity", didn't "die with dignity", but now all of a sudden,it's important to bury her with dignity....I guess better late than never!!!! I don't believe that that is a reason to exclude those who made her a star "with or without dignity!"

    February 16, 2012 at 9:32 am |