1800s: Professional Mourners

“From about 1600 to 1914, funeral mutes were professional mourners. Symbolic protectors of the deceased, the mute would usually stand near the door of the home or church.”

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  1. Silvie Fisch

    I believe funeral mutes and professional mourners were different professions (the latter being women shrieking and wailing)

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