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 Funeral Homes host a variety of events to serve and give back to our community.

Service Details


No visitation is planned


Saturday, April 14, 2018
3:00 pm
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa


Monday, April 16, 2018
10:00 am
Glendale Cemetery
Tai Dam Section
Des Moines, Iowa


Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 289-2442

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Kou Cavan

Kou Cavan passed away April 11, 2018. He was born November 17, 1955, in Xiangkhouang, Laos.

He was always a cheerful person and always helping other people in need.

Kou is survived by his children, Sis (Sarah), Chris, and Changpen (Nicholas). He had four grandchildren whom he loved very much – Jack, Lucy, Ernie, and Mae. Kou was preceded in death by his father, Seua Cavan; mother, E Cathi; sisters, Lang Hoang and Noi Thi Lo; brother, Onh Cavan; brothers-in-law, Boualong Phongsavanh and In Van Lo.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue in Des Moines. Burial will take place Monday, April 16 in the Tai Dam section of Glendale Cemetery at 10:00 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in loving memory of Kou.

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