Hamilton’s Funeral Home: A Blueprint for Exceptional Bereavement Support and Community Engagement

Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Iowa is leading the way in innovative and compassionate bereavement care in their community.

Buffy Peters, Director of the Academy of Grief and Loss at Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Des Moines, Iowa shared their extensive bereavement support available at their funeral home offered to the families they serve.

The home has numerous resources available to support families beyond the funeral, from in-person support groups, camps, grief support in schools and grief symposiums. The Academy of Grief and Loss, officially became a division of Hamilton’s Funeral Home in 1996, the Academy was created to provide a wide variety of grief resources for all ages for individuals, families and communities across the state and beyond.

These essential services are often included in the care of the hospice, but what happens when a loved on isn’t in the care of a hospice? Who is supporting those families?

Hamilton’s Funeral Home start their compassionate bereavement care support as soon as a family contacts them.

An important and powerful program Buffy also shared was the Miscarriage Memorial and Children’s Tribute.

Hamilton’s cares for the remains of babies lost to miscarriage prior to 20 weeks from local hospitals, and hold a cremation service and burial once every one to two years. This package of sensitive and compassionate care after death is essential in supporting the bereaved families in the care of funeral homes.

“For the families we serve who have had a child die, we offer to place an individual garden ornament in our specially planted Butterfly Garden surrounding the patios at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. The Garden Dancer ornament is in the shape of a boy or girl dancing with their names etched in the metal. These ornaments rest among the butterflies and the flowers for the family to visit whenever they wish.

Multiple times a year, we hold a special Children’s Tribute Ceremony for the families whose children are honored in the garden. Following the tribute, families are invited to take their child’s Garden Dancer home as a keepsake. These garden ornaments are given to the families free of charge, in part due to the generous donations from the West Des Moines Kiwanis Club.”

Hamilton’s Funeral Home – Children’s Tribute

Honouring the complexity of grief is vital in providing a fully comprehensive care package, and offering families the resources and space to grieve whilst under the care of the funeral home is a tribute to the care of leading funeral homes.

In the evolving landscape of bereavement care, funeral directors have a profound responsibility to provide compassionate and comprehensive support to grieving families. Offering parents the space and option to use cooling devices like the CuddleCot and CuddleBlanket is an essential part of this care. This forward-thinking approach sets funeral homes apart, demonstrating their commitment to making a meaningful difference for bereaved parents.

The Role of Cooling Devices in Bereavement Care

The CuddleCot and CuddleBlanket are specialised cooling devices that allow families to spend precious time with their loved ones after death. These devices help preserve the body, providing parents with the invaluable opportunity to create memories, take photos, and say their goodbyes in a personal and meaningful way. This time can be crucial for emotional healing, offering a sense of closure and comfort during a profoundly difficult period.

Setting a New Standard in Funeral Care

Traditionally, funeral homes have been geared towards caring for older deceased individuals. However, the needs of bereaved parents who have lost infants or young children require a different approach. Innovative and forward-thinking funeral homes, like Elite Funeral Services, are leading the way by offering a higher standard of care that acknowledges and addresses these unique needs.

By integrating cooling devices into their services, these funeral homes provide parents with the space to grieve and the time to bond with their deceased child. This level of care not only supports the immediate emotional needs of the family but also contributes to their long-term healing process.

The Impact of Compassionate Care

The impact of offering such compassionate care cannot be overstated. For parents, the ability to spend time with their child in a comforting environment allows for the creation of lasting memories. It gives them the chance to hold their baby, take family photos, and involve siblings and extended family in the grieving process. These moments, though heart-wrenching, become treasured memories that help in coping with the loss.

Funeral homes that provide this level of care distinguish themselves as empathetic and dedicated to the well-being of the families they serve. This not only enhances their reputation but also sets a benchmark for others in the industry to follow.

Acknowledging Innovation in Bereavement Care

We are incredibly thankful to funeral homes like Hamilton’s Funeral Homes for their innovative and compassionate approach to bereavement care. By going above and beyond in their care for both the deceased and the bereaved, they offer a beacon of hope and support to families navigating the darkest moments of their lives.

As the future of bereavement care continues to evolve, the integration of devices like the CuddleCot and CuddleBlanket will become an essential standard, ensuring that every family receives the dignified and compassionate care they deserve.

In conclusion, the adoption of cooling devices and compassionate initiatives by funeral directors represents a significant step forward in bereavement care, offering parents the precious gift of time with their loved ones. This compassionate approach not only honours the deceased but also profoundly supports the emotional well-being of the bereaved, setting a new standard for funeral homes everywhere.

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