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.
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Grief Support Services

Little Hands

Little Hands is for children ages 3 1/2 to 6 years old (Pre-school - Kindergarten) and gives children a chance to interact with others their own age that have experienced the death of someone very dear to them.

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Healing Hearts

Healing Hearts is for first through sixth-graders and gives children a chance to interact with others their own age that have experienced the death of someone very dear to them.

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Hamilton's Pet Loss Support Group

Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss provides a grief support group for those who have lost a beloved pet.

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Grief Support in Schools

The Academy offers support to students and staff in schools at all grade levels (pre K-12) through our School Grief Groups, Crisis Response, Professional Training, and Printable Grief and Loss Resources.

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Family Services Symposium: Coping with Grief

The Academy offers to our community Hamilton's Family Services Symposiums. During each Symposium, speakers address the topic: "Coping With Grief," offering practical suggestions to adults who have experienced a death of a loved one. Guests are given the opportunity to connect with representatives from various support groups and organizations throughout the community.

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Children's Tribute

For families Hamilton’s has served who have had a child under age 18 die, we place an individual garden ornament in our specially planted Butterfly Garden surrounding the patios at our funeral home on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. Periodically throughout the year, we hold a special dedication called our Children’s Tribute, for the families whose children are honored in the Butterfly Garden.

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Living Tribute

In memory of those who have died, whose families we have served, Hamilton's gives semiannual donations to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden to help perpetuate the gardens both in and outside of the dome. A dedication ceremony for family and friends of those memorialized is held each year at the Botanical Garden.

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Miscarriage Memorial Services

Memorial Services are for families who've experienced the loss of a baby prior to 20 weeks gestation. Pastoral Care staff conducts the service assisted by our staff at Hamilton's.

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First Viewing Support

First Viewing Support is available to families who wish to have a grief support person present for their child or children at the time of the family’s first viewing at the funeral home.

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Community Resource Booklet

Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss composes and keeps an updated listing of current grief and support resources available in the Des Moines area, as well as across the state. This includes support groups, counseling services, and other available resources for persons of all ages.

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