Do a Cemetery Visit for Money
By Eric Hammer
Flickr Photo by Parée
This is definitely one of the most unusual ways to make money,
but it makes sense that there is a market for this. In essence,
the job involves doing a cemetery visit in exchange for money.
What you would do is to arrange to visit the graves of a loved
one for someone else who happens to live far away. You would
then leave flowers and or make sure the grave is properly cleaned
off so that the person can feel a sense of peace that their loved
ones are being looked after.
This is becoming a very popular thing today as we become a
more mobile society. This means that more people than ever may
live in a city other than their parents. The problem is that
when people live in another city, they often can't get home to
see their parent's graves very often and as such feel guilty
that the graves are abandoned. By offering to do cemetery visits,
you can provide comfort to these people.
How Much Can You Make?
There is no set amount for people to earn money from doing
this work, however, one woman who was written up in the New York
Times makes $25 for each visit she does, meaning that there is
some reasonable money to be made from this work.
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Keep in mind that you must be respectful at all times and
properly somber when dealing with clients. This is rarely a job
which will entail working for someone and will instead of necessity
be a job which involves doing advertising on your own.
You may also be able to make more money if you are a member
of a religious sect as many people would like to have prayers
said over the graves of their loved ones. In fact, in Judaism,
there is a cottage industry where people are paid to say Kaddish,
the prayer for the dead on the day of a person's death if there
is no one available to do so. Offering to recite psalms or to
say a prayer for the dead from your religion then can often be
a good way to make even more money from your cemetery visit.
Qualifications / Requirements
The single most important qualification you'll need in order
to make money for doing a cemetery visit is empathy. You need
to be able to empathize with people who feel guilty about not
being able to make it to their loved one's graves and are therefore
forced to hire an intermediary. It is important as well to have
the ability to accept payments online. This can generally be
done by using PayPal.
Start by preparing advertising which you may offer at local
funeral homes and other venues where people might see it. Consider
as well starting a website where you offer your services professionally.
Remember to always take a picture of the gravesite to show that
you were there.
Check out these helpful resources to learn more about making
money for doing a cemetery visit.
New York Times: Woman Visits Graves for Payment
- An article from the New York Times detailing this rather unusual
Kaddish -A website which, while not specifically about making
money from a cemetery visit is all about making money saying
prayers for the dead (in this case, the Jewish prayer for the