home·​go·​ing | \ ˈhōm-ˌgō-iŋ How to pronounce homegoing (audio) , -ˌgȯ(-)iŋ \
plural homegoings

Definition of homegoing

chiefly US, especially in the culture of African Americans
: a person's death understood as a return to home Even during 16 years of disability …, his life was filled with joy. The celebration of his homegoing will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 4 …The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) often : a service marking a person's death Those who gather at Poitier's Funeral Home on Friday night for Hubert Lee's homegoing greet each other with open arms and smiles. — Deborah Work These homegoings are among the most recent public memorials that reinforce a long legacy in the African American community. Going as far back as slavery, they were the only way for Black people to bury their loved ones. Slaves viewed death as the only true way to be free as they could not return to their native Africa; death meant their souls could go home to the Lord. — Candice Frederick often used before another noun a homegoing service/celebration

First Known Use of homegoing

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for homegoing

home entry 2 + going entry 1

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“Homegoing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homegoing. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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