In the Black Church tradition, a homegoing service is often separate from the funeral. The focus of the homegoing is a celebration of someone's life, as opposed to a burial service. A homegoing generally includes a lot of happy singing, fond jokes and memories, a sermon, and lots of laughter. Also, it's often held at night, whereas a funeral often happens in the morning.
With all that singing, Michael Jackson's memorial service was more of a homegoing than a funeral.
by kwonder July 07, 2009