‘Professional mourners’ available for UK funerals – Weird News – Digital Spy
An Essex firm is offering a ‘professional mourner’ service for UK funerals.
According to the Daily Mail, Rent a Mourner will provide fake mourners, known as moirologists, in order to increase numbers at services.
The individuals in question are trained actors who specialise in public mourning and are briefed about the deceased before attending the funeral.
The service costs £45 for a two-hour service, and mourners will weep and talk to friends and family members.
Ian Robertson, founder of Rent a Mourner, explained: “We were actually inspired by the market growth in China. The Middle Eastern way is to provide wailers – crying women – as opposed to the quiet, dignified methods we use.”
He added: “It’s growing in the UK – our bookings are up 50% year on year.”