For families Hamilton's has served who have had a child die, we offer to place an individual garden ornament in our specially planted Butterfly Garden surrounding the patios at our funeral home on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. The Garden Dancer ornament, in the shape of a boy or girl dancing, has the child's name etched out of the metal and rests on a stake among the butterflies and flowers. The family is invited to visit the garden whenever they wish.
Three times a year, we hold a special Children's Tribute ceremony for the families whose children are honored in the garden, at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway. Following the tribute, families are invited to take their child's Garden Dancer home as a keepsake. Because of the generous donations from the West Des Moines Kiwanis Club these dancers are gifted to the families free of charge.
The garden was dedicated on July 23, 2005, in memory of Alan Andrew Dean Miller, infant son of Holly and Ryan Miller. Holly is a Funeral Director and Co-Vice President at Hamilton's as well as a third generation family owner.
Our Next Children's Tribute
March 21, 2021
By Invitation Only