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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Micheal Varnado

Des Moines

Micheal Griffin Varnado, 55, was born June 13, 1962 in Bogalusa, Louisiana. He passed away Monday, September 4, 2017 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

Mike is survived by his brother, Chris (Tracy) Varnado; numerous nieces and nephews; other loving relatives and many special friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Carol (Knause) Varnado and his brother, Eugene Varnado.

Cremation has occurred and private burial will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in loving memory of Mike.