Most would agree that attending a funeral is no fun, and imagining your own can be downright abysmal. One woman on Twitter decided to offer her presence at any funeral as a service, charging $50 to stand within eyeshot of the proceedings, hold “a black umbrella,” and make the deceased look like they died with a “dark” secret.
Dana Schwartz, a 26-year-old author and journalist, according to a report by Bored Panda, posted the details of her prospective side gig on Twitter.
The image Schwartz conjures of her proposed funeral appearances is reminiscent of classic noir films where the deceased likely lead a double life.
“If you pay me $50 I’ll show up to your funeral but stand really far away, holding a black umbrella regardless of the weather, so that people think you died with a dark and interesting secret,” said Schwartz in her initial Twitter post.
She then provided details to her Venmo account and added that “your obituary will need to be published in a newspaper so I can write a code on the back and leave it at your grave for someone to find.”
“The code will be nonsense.”
Twitter users were quick to chime in about Schwartz’s offer. Author Neil Gaiman replied, saying, “If you promise to dab your cheeks from time to time with a black lace handkerchief you’ve got a deal.”
Schwartz confirmed that “that was a given.”
While many would assume that Schwartz’s post was a joke, some decided to send her the $50 through Venmo.
It isn’t clear how many people have paid for Schwartz to attend their service. However, she did write: “people venmoing me: jokes on you, I’m actually coming to your funeral.”
In a follow-up post, Schwartz added, “I feel as though this is the role I was born for. I’ll never let the sun penetrate the veil I’m wearing. I might also include an eyepatch.”
Twitter users also posted some of their own suggestions for making Schwartz’s presence as intriguing as possible.