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.

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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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John Houghtaling

Des Moines

John Mark Houghtaling was born October 28, 1957, in Des Moines, Iowa. He passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017, at the age of 60. He is survived by his daughter, Jamey Houghtaling, son, Robb Houghtaling, and other loving relatives and many special friends.

John retired from the United States Postal Office after many years of service. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially time spent hunting and fishing. John had a great sense of humor and was hilarious. He loved life! There will be a Celebration of Life service for John at a later date.