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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Thursday, December 15, 2011
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines


Friday, December 16, 2011
6:00 pm
Hamilton's Funeral Home


Hamilton's Crematory



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Ralph Bills Jr.

Ralph Bills, Jr., 29, passed away at home December 12, 2011. He was born December 1, 1982.

He had a passion for cooking and experimenting with food. He loved to BBQ and had a passion for all kinds of music. He held a special place in his heart for his family and friends.

Ralph is survived by his mother, Theresa Milligan; step-father, John Fulmer; siblings, Jessica Keil (Jayson), Amanda Sims (Jamal), Michael Boyd, Jr., Kaydie Boyd, Austin Huff, Sandy Moore (Justin), and John Fulmer (Sammi); grandmothers, Margo Oldham, Pat Bills and Shirley Fulmer; uncle, Jim Bills; aunts, Missie Renda and Debbie Gray; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Bills, Sr.; grandfathers, James Bills, Richard Oldham and John Fulmer; aunt, Peggy Bills; and cousins, Eris John and Gary Bills.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2011, at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.

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