What is Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss?

Death and grief are common human experiences, yet these experiences tend to be different for every individual. As a result, Hamilton's Academy of Grief & Loss offers a wide variety of resources available to you and your family as you begin to work through your grief.
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Academy of Grief and Loss
Academy Events

Academy Events

Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss offers a variety of services to educate, support and connect with those who are grieving.
Community Events

Community Events

Hamilton's Funeral Homes host a variety of events to serve and give back to our community.

Our Staff

Buffy Peters

Academy Director

Buffy grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa, and attended Iowa State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Child, Adult and Family Services. Buffy joined the Academy of Grief & Loss as the Academy Coordinator in August 2014 and became Director in October 2017. Prior to joining the Academy, Buffy worked for seven years at Clear Channel Media + Entertainment in Ames as their Traffic/Office Manager.

Buffy enjoys spending her free time cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones, running, and loves all the outdoor festivities that Des Moines has to offer. She also enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews, and her cat, Drake.