Thursday, March 28, 2013

Professional Service Of The Day: Rent A Mourner

From CBC News.
'Rent a Mourner' fills your funeral with fake friends

March 27, 2013

It's a niggling question familiar to anyone who has ever thrown a party; What if nobody shows up?

A new company in the U.K. is addressing - and capitalizing upon - that fear by promising to ensure your last gathering on earth is a very well attended one.

Rent-a-mourner, based in Essex, hires out actors at a rate of $70 Cdn per hour to attend funerals as "professional grievers."

Their goal is help the deceased appear sufficiently popular and beloved, going so far as to cry openly and behave as if they knew the person in front of their friends and family.

"We are typically invited to help increase visitors to funerals where there may be a low turnout expected," reads the company's website. "This can usually be a popularity issue or being new to an area, or indeed, the country. We can supply professional, polite, well dressed individuals to attend funerals and wakes."

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  1. I want the lady in the picture with the daisies on her hat to come to mine. :D

  2. For 100 bucks, I'll jump in the casket and wail that you were "a most gentle and skilled lover". Unless, you know, it's somebody's grandma. Then it'll cost you $200.

    1. How much for you and a dozen of your hottest friends to do that at my funeral?



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