Daisy Hill Crematory — a crematory located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan—is committed to taking the mystery out of cremation with transparency and innovation.
The female owners at Daisy Hill Crematory came to SPACE with a unique challenge, and a first for us. They asked us to design a new crematory that encourages family involvement. So we built private gathering areas with comfortable and contemporary furnishings.
Most crematories are industrial in nature, with little opportunity for a meaningful goodbye. But Daisy Hill is thoughtfully designed and decorated. Families have the opportunity to do whatever helps them find comfort before, during, and after the cremation. Whether it’s a private family viewing, witnessing the start of the cremation, waiting there while it takes place, or even taking part in starting the process themselves.
They want families who choose cremation to receive the same opportunities to find closure and peace of mind as those who choose traditional funeral services.
Challenges and solutions
From the beginning, we met one-on-one with the Daisy Hill team quite often. We talked through furniture finishes, flooring, paint, and window treatments.
“After only a few meetings, Lauren had a perfect sense of my design style. She offered selections that not only met, but exceeded my expectations—all within a reasonable, yet strict budget,” said Jane Clark, co-owner.
Having never completed a crematory project before, we conducted a lot of research. And we asked questions of the Daisy Hill team around the desired traffic and visual flows.
“I’m a person who needs to see all of the puzzle pieces put together before making a decision, and Lauren seamlessly provided everything in a timely, friendly, and professional manner—even in challenging COVID-19 times,” Clark added.
To help make the space feel more warm and inviting, we designed the floor plan with a living room style. Gathering spaces with soft seating and high-end finishes provide meeting spaces for families.