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'Best Funeral Ever': Auditioning And Training 'Professional Mourners' (VIDEO)

01/07/2013 04:51 am 04:51:39 | Updated Jan 07, 2013

There are a lot of ways to honor the dead, and the Golden Gate Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas, specializes in some of the more outrageous ones. From a barbecue-themed funeral to a trip with ashes on a roller coaster, "Best Funeral Ever" spotlighted the many outrageous ways in which loved ones honor those recently passed.

Perhaps the most bizarre funeral accessory spotlighted was the inclusion of "professional mourners." These are people who audition and are trained to bring the most "authentic" mourning experience to the funeral service, even though they don't know anyone there.

The TLC special took viewers behind-the-scenes to see the audition process, as well as a "class" during which funeral director John Beckwith Jr. made sure these are the best of the best.

"Earn your money! Bite your lip, one more time. That’s it. That’s what I’m looking for!" he told one woman. To another, he said, "Don’t give up. Keep going. It’s a two-hour funeral, we gotta keep it going."

The Hollywood Reporter found these "pros" a little bizarre, while The New York Daily News wrote that they were less comfortable watching this portion of the special.

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