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In Memory Of Whitney Houston

Updated on March 27, 2012

Whitney Houston Dead At Age 48

When I heard the disturbing news that famous pop star Whitney Houston was dead at the age of 48 my whole outlook for the day quickly plummeted. I know most of you reading this would say why she is just a person like anyone else. However, this young woman was different her songs instilled a powerful message that anyone who listened to them could easily pick up. Her music on such emotional topics as love, the importance of caring for children, and many more for me have such a deep sentimental meaning.

As a former educator I guess the best song that I truly loved by Ms. Houston was "Children Are Our Future". I cannot tell you how many times when I hear that song that it just brings tears to my eyes recollecting images of the children I interacted with on a daily basis. Even now, years later since I retired I think about my little cherubs every day and how are they doing. Many are in high school now or possibly even college. Just listening to her music brings up such an overwhelming flood of emotions for me.

Sadly enough what makes this tragedy even worse is her dear daughter Bobbi Kristina who is only 18 and is now without a mother in her life. This is such an important time in life for a girl to have her mother as she finishes high school and goes and prepares for her senior prom. My heart truly goes out to this young woman. Today's news stated that Ms. Houston's daughter had been rushed to the hospital upon hearing of her mother's death. I can only imagine how this young woman must feel. I know I do not know these folks but it just touches me in a way that I cannot explain.

Ms. Houston though you are not with us here anymore we cherished your songs and you as a human being. May you know true peace and happiness as you go on to eternal happiness. For now, your sweet soul will hurt no more and all your days be filled with a never-ending joy.

As I write this to you, I am listening to several of Ms. Houston's songs on the Whitney Houston channel on Pandora. Her music along with all the artists that sing like her such as Celion Dion and Tina Turner are a motivator for me during my writing here. Well I know this was a bit preachy and maybe off my usual style of writing but I had to do something to honor my favorite singer of all time. Ms. Houston may you rest in peace and we will always remember you now and in the future.

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Yes...we lost another great one...

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      William Gerace 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      Thank you so much for reading. Have a nice night.

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      Gracefulwriter 5 years ago from Northern Virginia

      I'm not as shocked and saddened as I was with Michael. I don't know, am I becoming desensitived to the brutality wrought upon our best & brightest. I'm not one who believes people who become involved with drugs do it to themselves and deserve what they get. It's a tragedy. Sing Whitney! Sing in Heaven! Sing for your Heavenly Father. Join Michael & Etta & Billie & all the others gone-too-soon.

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      William Gerace 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      I couldn't agree with you more Graceful. It is so sad I just can't tell you how I feel about the whole thing you know. It breaks my hurt. I don't know I guess that makes me crazy but I'm just a very sensitive person unfortunately but it truly bothers me. I know she was the Lord singing praises to him as she did here.

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      Billie Pagliolo 5 years ago from Laguna Hills, California

      There was a post on facebook the other day of soldiers' coffins lined up in a cemetery with the caption: "Whitney who?" It was hard for me to see that image because it was an effort to negate what music does for our souls, what Whitney Houston did for everyone who was touched by her voice. There is no earthly reason to compare a soldier's sacrifice to what a singer or a songwriter brings to the world. We all know the ultimate sacrifice of giving your life for your country is unequatable. Whitney's death and a soldier's are in two different categories. It is the music that helps the soldier in Afghanistan just make it through another day; it's music that soldiers in the Iraq War listened to night after night in tents in the dessert; music was the "balm of hurt minds" for soldiers when they were in Vietnam and when they returned home. Music, almost in and of itself, created, or at least fueled the emotion of protesters of the Vietnam War, and it was those protests that ended that war. Whitney Houston will continue to touch people at the core of their being and help them to be their better selves for as long as we are able to access her work. There needs to be no judgment on her life; she gave the world more than enough! Thank you for writing a tribute to her, William.

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      William Gerace 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      Hey thanks Billie. I truly loved this woman she is one in a million. I listen to her music on Pandora whenever I am writing. I recently helped a friend write an essay on her for school Her memory will live in my heart forever.

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      I enjoyed this article because Whitney Houston was an artist I had tremendous respect for and still do. Her music is among the best of our time and her memory will live on. No one could sing like her, a true original.

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      William Gerace 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      She truly was and will always be one of my favorite. If you check out my Hub on Child Abuse I have a great video that plays her song For The Children. Between the video and the music I think that sends a powerful message. Check it out. Thanks again.

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