Update: 3:37 PST: Everyone has gone into the chapel and the service is starting.
Update: 2:55 PST: People are gathering at the chapel for the ceremony. The Balfours just arrived. A lady is crying on Eric Balfour‘s shoulder.
Update 2:50 pm PST: Cars have started arriving at Forrest Lawn Memoria Park for Brittany Murphy’s funeral.
Brittany Murphy‘s funeral service was planned to be a small, private event on Thursday, RadarOnline.com is reporting exclusively.
RadarOnline.com was first to report the funeral would be held the day of Christmas eve and sources close to the event told us exclusively that the beautiful actress’ family wants only a handful of close friends and family to attend.
Brittany’s service will be at the Church of the Hills at the Forrest Lawn Memorial Park.
Bittany will be interred in the Bright Eternity section and the guest list includes approximately 20 people.
Scheduled to attend from Hollywood are actor Eric Balfour and Penny Marshall.
The service itself will be co-denominational – there will be a rabbi and a pastor present.
The family, absolutely devastated and still in shock from Brittany’s sudden passing, chose Amazing Grace to be sung at the graveside.
The pall bearers will include Eric Balfour, Alex Ben Block, Chris Johnson, T.J. and Tori Balfour.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported Brittany passed away Sunday at her Hollywood Hills home. She was only 32-years old. She suffered cardiac arrest but an official cause of death is still pending the result of toxicology and other tests.
Brittany’s husband Simon Monjack spoke to RadarOnline.com on Wednesday and said he hadn’t slept since Sunday. Sounding dazed and devastated, Monjack said he appreciated the good wishes from everyone but he is clearly still struggling to understand how his young wife was taken from the world so suddently.
RadarOnline.com can report that cars have started arriving at Forrest Lawn Memorial Park for the funeral of Brittany Murphy.
There is tight security in place with paparazzi in their droves being held at bay by police and private security.