Heaven forbid one seems unpopular in death. British company Rent a Mourner is offering to discreetly cry at your funeral should you be worried about your guest count.
According to their official website, Rent A Mourner "can supply professional, discreet people to attend funerals and wakes. If you simply need to increase visitor numbers or introduce new faces," then they can help.
The new venture promises to supply professional, well-dressed and polite mourners to integrate seamlessly into your funeral crowd. Available for both church or crematorium gatherings, Rent A Mourner's rates are listed as $45 per two hours of weeping.
“Our staff will meet with the client beforehand and agree on the story, so our staff will either have known the deceased professionally or socially,” Rent a Mourner founder Ian Robertson told The Telegraph. “They will be informed of the deceased’s background, achievements, failures, etc. so they can converse with other mourners with confidence.” Robertson, who plans to expand the company very soon, claims he has had to turn down as many as 60 contracts due to lack of staff and distance related issues.
“We were actually inspired by the market growth in China,” Robertson also said to The Telegraph. “The Middle Eastern way is to provide wailers — crying women — as opposed to the quiet, dignified methods we use.”
With companies like Rent a Mourner around, you will be as pathetic in death as you were in life.