In some respects, funerals are a lot like weddings or birthday celebrations. The type and cost will vary according to the tastes and budget of the consumer.
A funeral home is a 24-hour, labor-intensive business, with extensive facilities (viewing rooms, chapels, hearses, etc.), these expenses must be factored into the cost of a funeral.
Moreover, the cost of a funeral includes not only merchandise, like caskets, but the services of a funeral director in making arrangements; filing appropriate documentation; dealing with doctors, ministers, florists, newspapers and others; and seeing to all the necessary details.
All costs are clearly itemized and discussed with families during the arrangements, thereby making them aware of the exact costs of the services and merchandise selected.