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mourner

Anyone who is grieving for a person who has died is a mourner. Funerals give mourners the opportunity to remember and say goodbye to a loved one.

While a mourner is anyone who mourns someone's death, the word is often used to mean "person attending a funeral." In some cultures, throughout history, professional mourners were people who were hired to publicly display their grief at the funeral of some well-known figure. Today, most mourners are family members and friends — people who knew the person well and grieve their death.

Definitions of mourner
  1. noun
    a person who is feeling grief (as grieving over someone who has died)
    synonyms: griever, lamenter, sorrower
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    types:
    bearer, pallbearer
    one of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral
    wailer
    a mourner who utters long loud high-pitched cries
    weeper
    a hired mourner
    type of:
    unfortunate, unfortunate person
    a person who suffers misfortune
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