Quirky Side Job

A couple hundred years ago around the English/Welsh border, you could hire a sin-eater for a recently deceased relative. 

Someone, usually a poor person, would be hired to eat bread and drink beer over the corpse.

It is to symbolize the sin-eater removing sin from the dead and taking it into themselves. 

This allowed the deceased to go to heaven if they had died suddenly without confessing.

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