In some respects, funerals are a lot like weddingsor birthday celebrations. The type and cost will vary according to the tastesand budget of the consumer. Not only that, a funeral home is a 24-hour,labor-intensive business, with extensive facilities and equipment (viewingrooms, chapels, limousines, hearses, etc.), these expenses must be factoredinto the cost of a funeral. Moreover, the cost of a funeral includes not onlymerchandise, like caskets, but the services of a funeral director in makingarrangements; filing appropriate forms; dealing with doctors, ministers,florists, newspapers and others; and seeing to all the necessary details.