When compared to the cost of other major life events such as births and weddings, funerals are not overly costly. For example, a wedding may cost much more, but one may not really think of that comparison since weddings are joyous events. While funerals--and even more progressive celebrations of life--are sad in comparison to other life events, they are the final tribute our loved ones.
Additionally, maintaining a quality funeral home requires significant resources. A funeral home is a 24-hour, labor-intensive business, with extensive facilities (viewing rooms, chapels, vehicles, hearses, etc.), and these expenses must be factored into the cost of a funeral.
The cost of a funeral includes not only merchandise, such as the casket, but the services of a funeral director in making arrangements; filing required forms; working with doctors, ministers, florists, newspapers and others; and seeing to all the necessary details. Funeral directors look upon their profession first and foremost as a service, but it is also a business. As with any business, funeral homes must make a reasonable profit to support their families as well as continue to serve the public.