Pre-planning funeral services has become increasingly popular. Many people find pre-planning to be a great way to ease stress and concerns amidst family members who may be grieving after their loss. In addition, it's a great way to ensure that you get the final services that you envisioned. However, there are some important things that you should think about if you are going to be pre-planning your services. Here's a look at some of the things that you should know.

Pre-Payment Can Lock In Today's Prices

When you talk with the funeral director about pre-planning your services, see if they will also allow you to prepay your services, too. When you can pay for your funeral services during the pre-planning stage, you lock in the current prices for those services. If the cost of those services goes up between now and the time that you pass away, your price typically won't change. Make sure that it's clearly defined in your pre-plan that everything has been paid for in full and is ready to implement when the funeral home receives the final call.

Make Sure Your Pre-Plan Is Accessible

Not only should a copy of your pre-plan be left with the funeral home and the lawyer who holds your will, but you should also give a copy to the person who will be responsible for your final services and keep a copy with all of your other important documents. This ensures that someone sees the pre-plan after your death and can ensure that it's carried out per your wishes. Further, make sure that everyone in your life who could be responsible for your funeral plan understands that you've already established the plan that you want, and make sure they know which funeral home they should call.

Consider Your Burial Or Cremation Decision

Part of your pre-plan will include deciding if you want to be buried or cremated following your death. If you wish to be buried, you'll need to choose a coffin and select a burial plot at a local cemetery. Otherwise, you can opt to be cremated and invest in an urn. If you have any final wishes for your cremains, make sure you're clear about that. Otherwise, you can leave it up to your loved ones to decide what they wish to do with them.

These are some of the most important elements to think about when it comes to dealing with a funeral pre-plan. Talk with a local funeral home today for more tips.