PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — People gathered at the Coston Funeral Home in Larimer Friday night to honor Whitney Houston.

They watched some of her music videos, talked about why she was special, and some people even got up and danced.

The funeral director Roland Criswell explained that this was meant to be celebration of the legendary pop singer’s life.

“Whitney Houston sang from her heart, and she touched a lot of people’s hearts,” said Criswell. “Even though a lot of people never met Whitney Houston, they needed an opportunity to have an outlet for their grieving process.”

“It deeply affected me,” said Dan Vith from Coraopolis. “Every one of my friends that knows me called my house or came to my house. It feels like I lost an aunt or a mother.”

“I called work. I said my best friend died,” said Cookie Williams from the Hill District. She says she never actually met Houston, but she felt a close bond because of her music.

Priscilla Lee of Stanton Heights said: “I loved her singing. I loved Whitney Houston. I always did. I thought she was excellent.”

The Coston Funeral Home also had a tribute to Michael Jackson when he died.

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