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

Sasha Mudlaff

Vice President; Academy of Grief & Loss Consultant

Sasha J. Mudlaff, M.A. has been with Hamilton's Funeral Home since 1993 and is a third generation owner/employee in the family business, currently serving as Vice President. She is also the Grief Consultant for Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss where she specializes in working with grieving children, having done so for over 20 years. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon Iowa (1989) and her master’s degree in developmental psychology from Columbia University in New York (1991). Sasha co-founded Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss, a division of Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1996. The Academy provides grief-related education, resources and recovery services throughout the state of Iowa.

Sasha served as the Academy’s full-time director until August of 2004, when she transitioned to her home office and the positions of grief consultant and stay-at-home-mom. In 2010, she began the transition back to her full-time capacity where she works alongside her sister, Holly Miller, as co-owner and Vice President of Hamilton’s Funeral Home, Inc. Her involvement with Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss as Grief Consultant continues today.

In addition to directing the Academy’s two children’s grief groups, Sasha is very involved with schools throughout the state of Iowa, providing education, teacher training and crisis support. She is frequently called upon as Children’s Grief Consultant for other agencies in the greater Des Moines Area including HCI Care Services, Amanda the Panda, and Children’s Cancer Connection. She is a national speaker on the subject of grief & loss.

Sasha is Vice President of Women’s Reciprocity Group of Des Moines as well as consultant to the Mercy Hospital Perinatal Bereavement Advisory Board and HCI Care Services. She has co-authored three children’s grief books: Molly’s Mom Died, Sam’s Dad Died and A Terrible Thing Happened, and written several afterwards for other books to help children.

Sasha and her husband Michael (pastor of Westkirk Presbyterian Church in Urbandale, IA) live in Clive, Iowa with their four boys Micah, Jonah, Nathanael and Isaiah.