Rent-A-Mourner, A business in Essex is offering a service where actors attend funerals as ‘professional grievers’ to those worried the service could be low in numbers.
Ian Robertson, the founder of Rent-a-Mourner in Braintree, Essex, hires out people to attend a funeral and behave as if they knew the deceased in front of their family and friends.
The service has 20 workers on their books who can be hired for £45 to attend the funeral, wake, or both.
While the service may seem unusual in Britain, the idea of hiring out grievers to attend a funeral has been popular in China for a number of years.
Describing their service, the website says: “Whether you need to introduce new faces, increase perceived popularity or simply increase numbers, we are here to help. We can arrange personal meetings or telephone conferences with you to establish exactly what you require and exactly how to deliver it to you.