Bill Edgar says he has performed a number of so-called “coffin confessionals” in which he is hired to blurt out people’s long-kept secrets at their own funeral.
The Gold Coast resident revealed he started the business last year when he was hired by an elderly man who was terminally ill.
The dying bloke handed him a sealed enveloped which contained instructions of what Bill should say when the man’s “best friend” started reading a eulogy at the funeral.
Bill explained that despite being nervous about the reaction he would get from the mourners, he dutifully followed through on the dead man’s request.
He went to the service and first read out a list of names in front of the stunned people there.
Bill read aloud from the note: “Can you please stand up – can you f**k off. I haven’t seen you in 30 years. Why are you here? F**k you.”
He then turned to the friend reading the eulogy and read from the dead man’s letter: “I know you were trying to screw my wife. To my wife, I love you more than anything and you didn’t do what my mate tried to put you through. I’m always thinking of you.”
Bill told the Gold Coast Bulletin that after this job, he performed another seven coffin confession jobs across Melbourne, Brisbane, and New South Wales.
He said that most jobs involve owning up to the deceased’s infidelities and even crimes.
And he makes a good living from his unusual job, charging thousands of dollars depending on the nature of the confession.
However, not all his requests have been to spill uncomfortable truths.
He revealed he was paid a while ago to send a letter a month to a man from his dead wife, reminding him that she loves him.
“This is until the 12th month, which is the last one. Part of it will say ‘Please don’t ever forget me because I will never forget you’. Some of this is just so beautiful,” Bill said.