It may not solve our nation's unemployment crisis, but there is a rise in “professional sobbers,” people who take money to attend funerals and make a big show of weeping. The going rate in England is $45 for a two-hour ceremony.
What began in the Middle East and China is becoming popular in the U.K. Paid mourners, known as moirologists, are trained actors who specialize in appearing grief-stricken at public events. Before the service, they are briefed about the life of the deceased so they can talk to other mourners as if they had known him or her. Ian Robertson, the founder of Rent-a-Mourner, admits the idea seem novel, but predicts it will catch on.