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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Hamilton's Crematory
Des Moines


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

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Lillian Maxine Erickson

Lillian Maxine Erickson was born at UnityPoint Hospital in Des Moines, IA on August 10th, 2017 at 2:39 a.m. Lily was only in this world a short six months within her mother’s womb but will be loved forever. The reason for her early passing is unknown at this time but we are waiting to find out more. She will be missed by her mother, Melodie J. Erickson; father William R. Fees; cousins, grandparents and aunts and uncles who were all excited to welcome her into this world. We will always miss you and love you Lily.

To a Baby who was Never Born
A life inside me, a love so strong.
She died inside me, but the love lives on.
It broke my heart for her to go.
I love her, I need her like she’ll never know.
I never held her [and] heard her cry,
And I wasn’t ready to say goodbye.
I never dressed her in tiny clothes,
Or saw her smile as I tickled her toes.
I cry for her in the night.
It hurts so much, and no one can make it right.
~ Amy Douglas

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