Is a casket required for cremation?
No, a casket is never required for cremation, however many people may choose a cremation casket for consideration of a casket showing at a funeral, or a more dignified way of cremation. Cremation caskets are among the cheap caskets available due to the minimal material required.
However, most crematories do require that the body be enclosed in a rigid, combustible container. Under federal regulations, all mortuaries must make available an inexpensive cremation container often referred to as an alter-native container.