When you plan in advance you will be able to compare options available, such as the services, products and prices among different companies. You will have the opportunity to make an informed decision about your cremation or burial arrangements and the form of service you prefer. You can make choices that are meaningful to both you and your family gaining peace of mind knowing your family and friends will be relieved of making these important decisions when the death occurs. In addition, by prepaying your cremation or burial you will lock in today’s prices and protect you from future inflation.
(Source: ICCFA FAQs: http://consumer.iccfa.com/faq)