What We Know About Aretha Franklin’s Funeral Plan

Aretha Franklin, affectionately known worldwide as the Queen of Soul, sadly passed away last week. Her family issued a statement confirming the news on Thursday, claiming she died at home surrounded by those she loved. Millions of fans worldwide have expressed their own grief and condolences online, while locals in Detroit have already come together at a memorial at the New Bethel Baptist Church, where Franklin first discovered her voice.

Funeral Plan to Commemorate the Queen of Soul

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On Friday 31st August, Detroit will say goodbye to one of its finest artists as Aretha Franklin is laid to rest in the Woodlawn cemetery. The funeral, planned to be an intimate affair, will host friends and family at a service at the stunning Greater Grace Temple in the City of David area of Detroit. Bishop Ellis of the church celebrated Franklin in a heartfelt statement, saying:

Today the world mourns one of the most prolific and iconic voices ever to grace the entertainment stage. Ms. Aretha Franklin is a musical genius who extended her gifts beyond the music industry…While she was received by the entire world, we as Detroiters still call her our own.

In a touching homage to the singer’s incredible impact on civil rights, culture, and music, the funeral plan has set aside two days for Franklin’s body to lay in repose in the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History. Fans can attend the museum to pay their respects to the late, great singer on the 28th and 29th August. Afterwards, her body will be delivered to the Greater Grace Temple where the legendary Rosa Parks was commemorated at her own funeral in 2005.

The singer’s family confirmed that she will be buried alongside her father, her brother, her two sisters, and her nephew. Alongside the funeral, plans are being made to remember Aretha Franklin’s incredible impact on millions of fans worldwide. A number of singers and celebrities have already delivered emotional tributes to the Queen of Soul, including Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, and Diana Ross.

There’s been no suggestion that the event will be televised, as the singer’s family have asked for privacy during their time of grief.

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