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.

Event Details

Organization Name:

Hamilton's Academy and Mercy Perinatal Bereavement

Event Location:

Hamilton's on Westown Parkway
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
(515) 224-0078

10:00 AM
By invitation

Miscarriage Memorial Service


For Families Who've Experienced Infant Loss Prior to 20 Weeks Gestation

Memorial Service

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.

At the Memorial Service, Flowers by Anthony donates a vase of white roses, to be given to each family attending. Special memorial folders are presented to each person attending and pastoral care staff, along with Hamilton's staff, conduct the service.  

A 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 attend our next Memorial Service, please email Academy@HamiltonsFuneralHome.com