Jenni Rivera’s family have made the details of the deceased singer’s memorial official, and all that’s asked of fans is a white rose and a philanthropic donation as they gather to grieve at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California this coming Wednesday.
According to a statement released Monday by the norteña singer’s family, a two-hour long memorial will be held for the public on Dec. 19. The event — which the family has referred to as a “celestial graduation” – will be led by sibling Pedro Rivera, Jr.
Rivera is the pastor at “Primer Amor” church in Whitter, California — a church that his younger sister Jenni would occasionally visit.
As a request from Jenni’s children, says the statement, “We ask that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Jenni Rivera Love foundation in addition to a single white rose.”
And while plans for the public memorial have been finalized, the Rivera family has made it clear that they intend to keep the 43-year-old singer’s burial a private event.
“We appreciate the privacy and discretion given to the family on the day she is laid to rest,” says the statement. “The burial services will be privately held.”
Numerous vigils have been held following Rivera’s death in a plane crash near Monterrey, Mexico on Dec. 9, with hundreds of fans gathering each day at the Rivera family home, leaving flowers, balloons and posters at the site.
Rivera, who leaves behind five children and two grandchildren, continues to be recognized by the Long Beach community she grew up in. Rivera – who founded the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation to help female victims of domestic abuse – received an Angel Award from the California Families in Focus organization on Sunday, an honor which the organization had arranged before her passing, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
“To have Jenni recognized like this is very cool,” her cousin Nancy Alvarez told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. “It’s amazing to see how many people she touched. She gave back to the community.”
Rivera, known affectionately as “La Diva de la Banda,” had supported the organization for the last two years and this year had donated pajamas and slippers to women assisted by the group’s charitable programs.
Following DNA testing and investigation of the crash site where Rivera and six other passengers were killed Sunday morning, Lupillo and Juan Rivera landed at Long Beach Municipal Airport on Thursday evening with Rivera’s remains.
“Jenni mission accomplished, you’re home,” tweeted Lupillo Rivera on Friday.
And while new details regarding Rivera’s memorial have emerged, the Mexican-American icon’s album sales have soared – providing a soundtrack to fans both in the United States and Mexico. Total album sales have risen 334 percent to 6,000 reports The Hollywood Reporter, and her tunes have also dominated digital downloads with 11 debuts or re-entries on Nielsen SoundScan’s Regional Mexican Digital Songs chart.