Except in certain special cases, the law does not require embalming. Embalming may be necessary, however, if you select certain funeral arrangements, such as a funeral with viewing. If a body is enroute more than 8 hours or if the termination of common carrier transport occurs ore than 36 hours after the time of death, the body must be embalmed or refrigerated at 35 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. Or when a body is being transported by private conveyance and will not reach its destination within 48 hours after the time of death, the body must be embalmed or refrigerated.
No. However, for health and safety considerations, most crematories will require that bodies delivered for cremation be encased in an enclosed, rigid, and leak-proof container in order to avoid direct handling of the remains.