Living Tribute


A Tribute to Our Families

Memorial Gift Donation

Each year Hamilton’s gives a monetary donation to help to continue to enhance the Blank Park Zoo and perpetuate their mission.  This donation is given in honor of those families who have entrusted their loved one into our care during the past year. This annual gift is used by the Zoo to enhance and grow their programming, education, displays, grounds, and to enrich the lives of the animals in their care.  One special project that Hamilton’s donations have helped to complete in the Spring of 2019 is the Zoo’s “Sensory Garden.” This is a special place of quiet and solitude for those that need a break from the hustle and bustle and indulge in the senses.

Dedication Ceremony

Each summer, a Living Tribute Dedication Ceremony is held at the Blank Park Zoo. The families who Hamilton’s has served the previous 12 months receive a personal invitation to this annual event. During the ceremony, a particular area of the Zoo is dedicated, in honor of those who have died during the past year.  Each attendee is given a beautiful keepsake program listing the names of those being honored.

Memorial Books on Display

At each of our Hamilton’s Funeral Homes, we display beautiful Living Tribute Books which list all of the names of those persons remembered over these many years.  In addition, there are beautiful leather-bound Memorial Albums kept in the main lobby at the Blank Park Zoo for families to look through to locate their loved one’s name whenever they are visiting the Zoo.

Hamilton's Academy of Grief & Loss
The Blank Park Zoo
Des Moines, Iowa

By Invitation Only.