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, 365 days a year, labor-intensive business, with extensive facilities (chapels, arrangement offices, showrooms, hearses, vans, casket equipment, urn equipment, flower equipment, etc.), and these expenses must be factored into the cost of a funeral.
Additionally, the cost of a funeral includes not only merchandise, like caskets but the services of a funeral director and multiple staff in making arrangements; filing appropriate forms; dealing with doctors, clergy, florists, musicians, newspapers, cemeteries, 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.