9/04/2009 01:37:00 PMPosted by SouthernGurl
Michael was finally and permanently laid to rest last night. At 9:43 p.m. (pacific standard time) to be exact. I had said that I wasn't going to post anything regarding Michael's funeral because it felt like it would do nothing but open up old wounds and make me start bawling like a baby all over again. It just hurts too much. Below are several details from his funeral.
- Paris Jackson wept as she stepped into the mausoleum where her father, Michael, was to be entombed. As Jackson's brothers carried his golden casket from an outdoor seating area into the mausoleum, Katherine Jackson, overcome by sorrow, turned back when she was faced with her son's final resting place.
- The Rev. Al Sharpton, who gave a eulogy at the public event and at Thursday's service, also extolled Knight's earlier performance of The Lord's Prayer. "Gladys Knight sang her heart out. Now we prepare to lay him to rest," Sharpton posted on his Twitter account during the service that was held outside and then within the marble mausoleum.
- The mourners followed the crowned, lushly flower-draped casket as Jackson's five brothers — each wearing a bright red tie and a single crystal-studded glove — carried it into the mausoleum. The 11-year-old Paris cried as the group entered the imposing building and was comforted by her aunt, LaToya.
- Paris and brothers Prince Michael, 12, and Prince Michael II, 7, known as Blanket, began the service by placing the crown on their father's golden casket. They were composed through most of the hour-and-a-half ceremony.
- Jackson will share eternity at Forest Lawn with the likes of Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and W.C. Fields, entombed alongside them in the mausoleum that will be all but off-limits to adoring fans who might otherwise turn the pop star's grave into a shrine. The closest the public will be able to get to Jackson's vault is a portion of the mausoleum that displays "The Last Supper Window," a life-size stained-glass re-creation of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece.
- "I feel like I watched Michael finally given some peace and I made a commitment to make sure his legacy and what he stood for lives on," Sharpton said outside the restaurant around midnight. "So at one level we're relieved; another level we're obligated."