In New York State, you must hire a funeral director. Only a licensed and registered funeral director may arrange and receive authorization for a cremation to take place. A casket is not necessary, but human remains must be enclosed in a leak-proof, rigid, combustible container for delivery to the crematory.
Before choosing a cremation firm, consult the Cremation Association of North America’s questions consumers should ask. The Funeral Consumers Alliance’s frequently asked questions is another excellent resource.