These women are paid to cry at funerals


Some see this as funny, but to this group of women, this is 'real' business.

Professional mourners make a living by attending the funerals of strangers
The great wonders of the world have been penciled down as seven, but it seems each passing year comes along with its own wondrous tales.
In Ghana, there have been many unbelievable tales but the one that currently tops the lot is the advent of women who are contracted to cry at funerals.
Sounds weird right? But no matter how weird it is, it is happening in the country and these women are not even shy to speak on camera about this chosen career of theirs.
One of such women is Mrs Dokli, a widow who specializes in crying at funerals and as a result gets paid for that. This widow has managed to bring together other widows to form a team of mourners at funerals.

Speaking to the BBC, Ami Dokli said she can be referred to as a “funeral contractor” because she cries at funerals for a living.
She explained that some families find it difficult to cry when their relatives die, and that is when her services become most important.
Detailing how she charges per funeral, the widow said it actually depends largely on how big or lavish the funeral is. If it's a big funeral, they charge more than when it's just a paper's burial.


She told BBC-
People come to pick me to go for their funerals and I cry for them. We are all widows. So, after our husbands died, we decided to come together to help those who cannot cry, cry. Some funerals are big, others are small. So, whenever you’ve invited us and we come in and we see how big the funeral is, that is how we work out the charge.”

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