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.

Miscarriage Memorial Services

In cooperation with Des Moines area hospitals, Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss offers our facilities for cremation and memorial services for families who have lost a baby prior to 20 weeks gestation. This program was started by Mercy Hospital Medical Center in April 1990, as a way to recognize and honor the lives of these tiny babies. Iowa Lutheran Hospital began offering this program in January 1993. Since then, Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Broadlawns Medical Center have also joined us in this special program.

Families who choose to be a part of this very special program are invited to attend a Memorial Service, honoring the life of their child. For each service, Flowers by Anthony donates a vase of white roses, to be given to each family attending the service. Pastoral care staff from the participating hospitals, along with Hamilton’s staff, conduct the short service. The memorial service takes place at least once a year, and the burial service takes place once every several years at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery in the “Best Friends” section.   

If you have experienced an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage and would like to receive an invitation to our next Memorial Service, please email HFHAcademy@HamiltonsFuneralHome.com




Our Next Miscarriage Memorial Services:
In 2017, TBD

By Invitation
Contact the Academy for more information or to receive an invite to the next service