Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
November 23, 2016
by Deb Brandt-Buehler

Giving Thanks for the One Who Died

Our first Thanksgiving without Dad was undeniably a hard one. He died in September. Thanksgiving arrived while we were all still raw and numb with grief. It felt too hard […]

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November 19, 2016
by Jeff Spear

The Value of Sending a Card

One of the most frequently asked questions when someone dies is, “Is there anything I can do?” No one has ever come up with the single perfect phrase to help […]

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October 27, 2016
by William Spear

Stories from a Cubs Family – Let’s Go Cubs!

Last night the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series game since 1945! Let me repeat that…last night the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series game since 1945!!! As […]

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September 19, 2016
by Deb Brandt

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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A special thank you to Brian Durante for guiding us during our mother and father’s deaths.

— D. H.

Jeff and Theresa were wonderful and the rest of their crew did a super job on my Navy man husband. They will forever be in my thoughts. Thank you so […]

— J. D.

I am always impressed by how you conduct a funeral so professionally, yet also so personally.  We all appreciate the very good planning and organization.  Thank you so much.

— J. R.