While the world is still coming to grips with the loss of Naomi Judd, none have been more impacted than her family. Daughter, Ashley Judd, has been very vocal in sharing not only her mourning but updating fans about the next step with their beloved mother.
Her public memorial — set for Sunday, May 15, will be televised on CMT — is being held shortly after the private memorial that the family has already attended.
“Our family service was breathtaking, with Appalachian mountain spirituals Mom wanted, like ‘Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down,’” Ashley wrote on her Instagram. “Mom also wanted one for the fans, whom she loved so much. So this one is for you. ‘NAOMI JUDD: A RIVER OF TIME CELEBRATION.’”
Multiple reports indicated that Naomi had planned her memorial long before taking her own life; so the services were to her guidelines.
Ashley said on Good Morning America that she has been tasked with keeping everyone in the loop with the memorial for her mother.
“Both Sister and Pop have sort of deputized me, in certain ways, to speak on behalf of the family at this early time,” she said. “Things about the 30th of April become public without our control. Whether it’s the autopsy or the exact manner of her death. So, that’s really the impetus for this timing.”
The private ceremony details have been linked and the event included several renditions of gospel songs, such as Ain’t No Grave sung by Naomi’s pastor Dan Scott; Talk About Suffering performed by Ricky Skaggs; Farther Along and Amazing Grace from the Oak Ridge Boys, as well as and Mama’s Teaching Angels How to Sing, I Know Who Holds Tomorrow and It Is Well With My Soul being performed from the Isaacs.
The public event will include tribute performances from Ashley McBryde, Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris & Allison Russell, Little Big Town, and The Gaithers.
It will air live from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.