OCCUPATION THESAURUS

PROFESSIONAL MOURNER



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
When a family member or loved one dies, professional mourners, also called moirologists, are sometimes paid to attend the funeral and pretend to grieve. This could be the case if the deceased had very few relations or the family wants it look like they were more popular than they actually were.

The professional mourner will play a role at the funeral-usually that of a distant relative, long-lost friend, previous co-worker, or acquaintance. They must stay in character without revealing their true identity, even while interacting with other guests.

Religion and culture help to define funeral traditions, meaning the particulars will vary from job to job. The mourner will need to be familiar with the cultural norms and religious customs that are in play for each funeral in order to blend in and not blow their cover.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
No formal education or training is required in this field, but acting or improvisation classes might benefit the professional mourner. Job listings aren't even posted publicly, so prospective mourners usually will have to do some extra digging to find work.

USEFUL SKILLS, TALENTS, OR ABILITIES:

HELPFUL POSITIVE TRAITS:
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HELPFUL NEGATIVE TRAITS:
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EMOTIONAL WOUNDS THAT MAY HAVE FACTORED INTO THIS OCCUPATION CHOICE:
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SOURCES OF FRICTION:
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PEOPLE THEY MIGHT INTERACT WITH:
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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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COMMON WORK-RELATED SETTINGS:
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TWISTING THE STEREOTYPE:
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REASONS THE CHARACTER MAY HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THIS PROFESSION:
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