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 of Grief & Loss

Event Location:

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

By Invitation Only

Children's Tribute


For Families Who've Experienced the Death of a Child

A Tribute to Our Children

For families Hamilton's has served who have had a child die, we offer to 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. The Garden Dancer ornament, in the shape of a boy or girl dancing, has the child's name etched out of the metal and rests on a stake among the butterflies and flowers. The family is invited to visit the garden whenever they wish.

Three times throughout the year, we hold a special Children's Tribute ceremony for the families whose children are honored in the Garden, at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway. Following the tribute, families are invited to take their child's Garden Dancer home as a keepsake.