Determining your final plans now is not a bad idea. In fact, this might be something that you have already started. You might have already decided that you would prefer for your family to have your body cremated in lieu of a traditional burial, for example. If this is the case, there might still be some additional pre-planning that you will need to do. These are a few helpful tips that can help you along the way.
Shop Around for Pricing
Cremation is often the more affordable choice in comparison to a traditional burial. However, pricing can vary from one cremation service to another. While you're doing your pre-planning, you can all around or visit a few different funeral homes or crematoriums for more information. Once you find one that you like that charges reasonable pricing, then you might want to go ahead and pre-pay for the cremation so that your family will not have to worry about it later. This can help you lock in the more affordable pricing that you have found, too.
Determine if You Want a Service
Some people who choose to be cremated make arrangements for a rather traditional funeral service for their family members to attend. Some opt for a not-so-traditional service. Others don't want a service at all. Talk to your family members about what they want, and come up with an option that seems suitable for you. Consider making arrangements and plans and pre-paying for the service, if you do choose to have one.
Determine What Should Happen to Your Ashes
One of the main things that you should plan for when pre-planning your cremation is about what should happen to your ashes after the cremation is completed. After all, this is something that your family will probably wonder about, and you might have specific ideas in mind. If you want your ashes to go to one specific family member, then you should get this in writing. If you want your ashes to be stored in a specific urn, then this may be something that you will want to pick out and purchase while doing your planning.
If you like the idea of your ashes being spread out in a certain place, then this is something that you might want to do some research about, too. You will want to look into the laws and get permission, if applicable, so that you can help ensure that your wishes can be carried out without getting your loved ones in any legal trouble.