Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
September 19, 2016
by Will

Returning to Work

My father died in early September 2003. His death was unexpected – in fact, at the time we never could have imagined it would be so sudden. He’d not been […]

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September 14, 2016
by Deb Buehler

Back to School: Grief Basics for Teachers

Dr. David Schonfield believes that teachers see a grieving child in their classroom every day. He goes on to say that 50 percent of children will lose a parent by […]

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50 Years Later – It’s OK to Cry

Today we celebrate Brent H. Morton, a 13 year old boy, who was tragically killed in a farm accident while mowing a field not for from his home in Paloma, […]

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August 3, 2016
by Will Spear

Simply Grilled Cabbage & Coffee Marinade (for Beef)

It’s been a hot and humid summer, but that has not kept us away from the grill.  With an abundance of fresh produce coming in, a great deal of which […]

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July 27, 2016
by Jeff Spear

God Only Knows

‘God only knows.’ It’s been said for years as an exclamation of uncertainty.  It also is a 50 year old song written by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. It […]

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July 19, 2016
by Linda Stuart

When I Die, Please Do Something

In her dresser drawer, they discovered a hand-written note that read, “When I die, please do nothing.” She had just taken her last breath. And so began the distressing dilemma […]

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July 14, 2016
by Jeff Spear

“More Cowbell” or “Don’t Fear the Reaper”

40 years ago, while I was in college, my fraternity normally held it’s weekend party on a Friday night so we could all gather in the lounge on Saturday to watch the ultra-popular new […]

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July 3, 2016
by Jeff Spear

Thoughts about my father, the veteran…

Thoughts about my father, the veteran, on this 4th of July I always knew that my father was a veteran. He never told ‘war stories’ or such when we were young, […]

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June 29, 2016
by Steve Johnson

Teen Pregnancy and Addiction: Why Suicide Becomes a Concern

An alarming number of pregnant teenagers continue to use drugs or alcohol. Sadly, substance abuse and a life-changing event (such as teen pregnancy) are also risk factors for suicide. According […]

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June 15, 2016
by Deb Buehler

She forgot who she was…

I’ll always remember a friend sharing her experience of losing someone to suicide. She spoke of her friend with love and compassion. She spoke of the excruciating mystery it is […]

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My mother looked beautiful and the staff was wonderful!

— K. B.

Will, Thank you for all your help, kindness, and expertise.  Everything was perfect!  Mom would have been very pleased.

— M. H. & D. N.

All was extremely professional.  From beginning to end we were treated with much respect.

— R. M.