John Travolta, Jumbolair Aviation Estates

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In the end, John Travolta and Kelly Preston wanted to keep their son Jett close to their hearts and home.

Relatives and close friends gathered Thursday for a private memorial service at the family's Ocala, Fla., estate to say goodbye to the 16-year-old, who died suddenly last week after suffering a seizure.

Members of the press crowded outside the gates of the Jumbolair Aviation Estates, where residents can pilot their private planes practically up to their front doors, but the proceedings remained closed to outsiders.

Attendees were screened by security before being allowed to approach the Travoltas' house.

"The family is doing an incredibly good job keeping this private. With all the media here, no one's been able to get much," New York Post reporter Reuven Fenton told the local Ocala Star-Banner.

Caterers and florist trucks had been passing in and out of the complex throughout the day, while neighbors and other well-wishers left mementos and flowers outside Jumbolair's main gate.

Today's service was expected to adhere to the Travolta's Scientologist faith, which a rep for the church said mainly entails a celebration of Jett's life and an acknowledgment of his "right to move on."

Jett's body was cremated and his family returned to Florida with his remains on Monday.

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