STRANGE BUT TRUE:
While in Uganda, we have the Uganda Funeral Services whose main job is to offer a decent but honorable memorial for the deceased, in Ghana, it is more serious in that people get hired to do business of crying including, all types of crying depending on the money you offer.
The Kumasi Funeral Criers Association (KUFUCA), a body made up of professional and talented criers, has expressed displeasure at the new utility tariffs splashed on Ghanaians by the Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC). In view of that, the association has also decided to increase its crying tariffs.
News from the Nigerian bulletin site, the increase of the fees is meant to match the increased prices of goods in the inflation crisis that has hit the Country recently.
In a press statement by Awo Yaa Donkoh the president of the association, they have maintained the fees for the past 5 years however with the increasing prices the fee isn’t helping members.
“A lot goes into this job of ours. We spend lots of money to rehearse before the D-day. We have lecturers who lecture us on how to cry and gain proper attention at funerals; and we pay all these people,” the statement indicated.
Ms. Ayaa added; “People hire us to cry at the funeral rites of their dead relatives, friends etc. Some even include in their wills that their family members should contact us after their death. The way we beautifully cry move sympathizers to give out more money to the bereaved families. That’s the main reason people contract us.”
The association released new fees which shall take effect from January 1, 2016.
|1.||Crying with Swagg||GH₵ 3,000|
|2.||Deep Wailing & Shouting||GH₵ 2,700|
|3.||Crying & Rolling on the Ground||GH₵ 3,500|
|4.||Crying & Walking Around Funeral Ground||GH₵ 2,500|
|5.||Highly Emotional Crying||GH₵ 3,200|
|6.||Basic Crying||GH₵ 2,000|
|7.||Crying & Vomiting||GH₵ 4,000|
|8.||Chipmunk Crying||GH₵ 2,700|
Nonetheless, she said they have special Christmas package for every family this December so families who have lost their relatives should get in touch as soon as possible before promo ends.
In the UK there is a company, Rent A Mourner, that specializes in providing professional mourning services. In other words, they can supply “professional, discreet people to attend funerals and wakes” and that they “can supply people just to increase the numbers at the funeral, because empty seats are so unsightly!”
Also, the BBC reported that the most well known professional mourner is a woman from Taiwan called Liu Jun-Lin. “In Taiwain professional mourning is an age old custom. The profession has historically been taken on by women,” the report indicated.