What if you planned a service and no one came? Some families want to ensure a turn out for their loved ones memorial or funeral service. A large crowd is viewed by many as a statement of the deceased popularity and achievement.
Hiring professional mourners is a common practice in several countries including Africa, China and the Middle East. It is growing in popularity in the USA and Britain. Some funeral homes have staff that will wail, look sad and help boost the number of people attending the service.
There are companies that rent fake mourners. Mourners, actors, are briefed on the deceased life so they can mingle with other friends and family.