No. This is not obligatory. A civic ceremony can be conducted or there may be none at all. On occasions a memorial service is conducted separately from the cremation ceremony.
Questions About Cremation
The cremation regulations are still quite complicated and it is wisest to approach a funeral director immediately death occurs and advise him that you desire to arrange for a cremation. Discuss with him how soon you wish the cremation to … Continued
You will probably be asked how you wish to dispose of the cremation ashes. If you know what you want at this stage, you will be asked to sign an Authorisation Form for the Crematorium to carry out your wishes.
In 80% of cases, the crematorium ashes are buried in the Gardens of Remembrance at the Crematorium. A few Crematoria have niches where urns may be placed but these are usually on a rental basis and if not renewed periodically … Continued