I don't think so, although it could vary by state. I don't think it's odd; depends on a person's preferences for how they want their funeral or memorial service conducted and if there will be a viewing of the body.
Can't speak for the US of A but I should think that if we had a life-challenged (new-speak for dead) Sasquatch in Oz there'd be no need to consider embalming it. Any number of zoos and universities would fight for the privilege of carving you up for examination.
Sas- In the Jewish religion, quite often the deceased is not embalmed. There are no "open casket" services for that reason. By Jewish law, the deceased are buried within 1-2 days of death, unless the first of these days fall on a Saturday, when cemetaries are closed for the sabbath.
It is also appropriate for the deceased to be buried in a plain wooden coffin. (How depressing is this subject?)
If in the unfortunate event that someone close to you has died, such as a family member, you or another family member will be able to decide what is done to the body, whether you cremate it or embalm it. Personally, I dont think embalming is morbid, more respectful to the person who once was, would you rather see him/her all rotted? Not me
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Sorry for the late answer on such a fascinating question. The law of common sense is what seems to be prevalent. Here's an interesting link, if you haven't been to it yet. http://fcasocal.org/embalming-facts.html There are loads of references after the article.