When compared to other major life events like births and weddings, funerals are not expensive. A wedding costs at least three times as much - but because it is a happy event, wedding costs are rarely criticized. A funeral home is a 24-hour, labor-intensive business, with extensive facilities (viewing rooms, chapels, limousines, hearses, etc.) These expenses must be factored into the cost of a funeral.
The cost of a funeral includes not only merchandise, like caskets, but the services of a funeral director in making arrangements - filing appropriate forms, dealing with doctors, ministers, florists, newspapers and others - and seeing to all the necessary details. Funeral directors look upon their profession as a service, but it is also a business. Like any business, funeral homes must make a profit to exist.