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Popular when you’re dead: Rent mourners to turn up

Didn’t seem that long ago that we were talking about professional mourners in Taiwan. Now there’s also the UK-based Rent A Mourner, which promises to send ‘professional, discreet people… to increase visitor numbers or introduce new faces’ at your funeral.

Each mourning pro will set you back at just £45 for two hours — and if you think you need plenty, you could possibly wrangle a special rate. Well, if you can’t have friends when you’re alive, you can at least have them when you’re dead.