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.

Service Details



There will be no public services held.


Cremation following private family time
Hamilton's Crematory
Des Moines


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

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Cecilia Jean Alm

Cecilia Jean Alm was born and passed away on January 4, 2018. She came into the world weighing only one precious pound and 11.5 inches long. At only 22 1/2 weeks into the pregnancy, she was very fragile and didn't survive. She was born at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa at 7:35 a.m. Immediately and peacefully she entered into the arms of our Lord.

She is survived by her parents, Nathan and Lori Alm, her siblings, Alexis, Bradlee, Grace and Marlene, grandparents, Darwin and Ylene Alm and Randi Cox, numerous aunties and cousins. She is preceded in death by her grandmother, Mary Cox. She is loved by all and will be greatly missed!

Never having the chance to open her sweet eyes, the meaning of her name Cecilia is... blind and Jean is... gift from God. She was like a beautiful and tiny little angel. She is very loved still and her memory will always have a special place in our hearts! She is in heaven now with our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Although our hearts ache to know our little girl, we find much comfort knowing she will always be fully satisfied and will never suffer even the smallest amount. Our Lord loves Cecilia Jean so much! He will care for her until that sweet day when we join them in paradise!

A special thank you to all the medical staff including Guthrie County EMT. Also to Hamilton's Funeral Home for helping us so selflessly in this tragedy. Thank you all so much!