at Your Service
A crowded funeral service is usually a sign that the person who passed away was revered by many. In some settings, a small gathering may be the most appropriate way to honor the unique life of a loved one. In other instances, the larger the better. Historically, attendance was an important element of a memorial service during the Victorian Era. In fact, it reportedly believed that a lack of tears meant a lack of love. For those who still hold to that idea and want to public displays of grief in large numbers even though the family and friends list is limited, there are companies today like Rent-A-Mourner that provide an innovative solution to that dilemma.
Such businesses hire people to publicly mourn the loss of a loved one. The idea of hiring a professional griever is not a new concept, however. In select regions of Africa, China and Middle Eastern countries, professional mourners have long been tradition. According to the New York Times, this custom of employing grieving services can be traced back to the late 1800’s. This service is now becoming a highly-prized profession.
Hired grievers might be the solution for those who want a demonstration of public grief. It is interesting to note, though, that these people also appear at smaller gatherings. While we don’t have an opinion one way or the other about the use of such professional services, we do believe it is important to have your service your way and are here to help you make decisions that you feel are right.