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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Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss offers a variety of services to educate, support and connect with those who are grieving.
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Hamilton's Crematory
Des Moines


Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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James M. Rife

James Marvin Rife, age 80, passed away Monday, August 7, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines.

James was born June 22, 1937, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Leonard and Lucille (Davidson) Rife.

His main occupation during his working years was as a construction worker and was a member of Union Baptist Church.

James is survived his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, and a host of other family and beloved friends.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Etta Inez Davis Rife

Cremation will occur at Hamilton’s Crematory with a celebration of his life at a later date.

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