Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
January 11, 2017
by Theresa Spear

Spear Family Cooking: Hummingbird Cake

Today I am sharing the Hummingbird cake recipe which in Quincy is known as the Quincy Service League Gift Show Hummingbird Cake.  It is a dessert which has been made […]

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December 27, 2016
by Deb Brandt-Buehler

Be Gentle With Yourself

The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve can be challenging for those who mourn. Whether it is your very first holiday season without your loved one, or your 5th, […]

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December 22, 2016
by Theresa Spear

Spear Family Cooking: Greek Cabbage Casserole

This recipe is the result of many experiments. Will and I both played with the Greek cabbage roll recipe I developed after getting the basics from Katina and Bill “Vasili” […]

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December 9, 2016
by Jeff Spear

The Need to Say ‘Goodbye’

  “A meaningful funeral celebration is about saying hello on the pathway to goodbye.” Dr Alan Wolfelt, Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition. Consider how you were […]

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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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Your gift of planting a tree is such a wonderful idea!  I am so grateful and so is the rest of the family!

— L.E.

They provided excellent service at a very difficult time for our family.

— L. D.

I felt we were able to really celebrate her life so nicely with all your help.

— N. & J.A.