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Not Enough People At Your Funeral? Why Not Rent A Mourner
March 30, 2013
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One is the loneliest number. Now, imagine would it be like if that's how many people showed up to hear your eulogy?

Well, there's a company in the UK called Rent-a-Mourner and it offers exactly what it promises...

To put butts in the seats at your funeral - that time when, as Christopher Hitchens put it, "the party's still going on, but you have to leave."

Rent-a-Mourner says it's there for you in your time of need, "Whether you need to introduce new faces, increase perceived popularity or simply increase numbers we are here to help!"

The company will also, "take your guidance on how you would like [them]... to integrate and mix with your other guests."

According to the company's founder Ian Robertson, his "professional mourners" (he has 20 so far) don't have to cry but they're willing.

According to the Telegraph, for $70 an hour, you can rent the fake mourners to cry for the duration of a funeral service.

And you get considerable bang for a posthumous buck.

Robertson tells The Sun, "Our staff will meet the client beforehand... so our staff will either have known the deceased professionally or socially. They will be informed of the deceased's background, achievements, failures etc. so they can converse with other mourners with confidence."

He says he's booked 52 gigs since the company started last year, and turned down 60 more due to travel concerns.

Jasmine Birtles, founder of personal finance site MoneyMagpie.com, told The Telegraph, "Hiring a stranger to weep at a funeral may seem strange, but it's a deep-seated tradition in the East."

"It's still a niche market at the moment but demand for professional mourners is increasing year on year as more people from East Asian and Middle Eastern countries move to the UK, bringing their customs with them," Birtles said.

One thing's for sure, there will always be a market for it.

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