Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
October 20, 2018
by Jeff Spear

Woodstock, Carl Wilson, Irish Setters, Sha Na Na…just what are you talking about?

We just got home from dinner out and I was listening to 70’s rock and roll on the radio when one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard came […]

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May 24, 2018
by Deb Brandt

The Second Year

I’m three months into the second year. My younger sister died unexpectedly in early 2017. I’ve officially made it past all the “firsts.” The holidays without her, her birthday, my […]

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March 14, 2018
by Deb Brandt

This is Us

In February, after the Super Bowl game my favorite television show had a special episode. All the other episodes led up to this pivotal part of the story. For weeks […]

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January 18, 2018
by Deb Brandt

A Clearing in the Woods

Recently I read a poem by Martha Postlewaite titled “Clearing.” In her poem Postlewaite invites the reader to “create a clearing in the dense forest of your life and wait […]

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February 15, 2017
by Deb Brandt

Winter Mourning

The long dark months of winter can be challenging for anyone. And, for those who mourn, they can be especially hard.  Midwest winters mean night creeps in through the edges […]

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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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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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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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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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May 7, 2016
by Deb Buehler

Easing Loss on Mother’s Day

For weeks Mother’s Day messages have been everywhere. Advertisements for brunch and luncheon specials, Hallmark card scenarios, fine jewelry and all kinds of retail opportunities from clothing to flowers highlighting […]

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Most of our arrangements were by phone at the onset, and everything was done very well upon our arrival to town for services.

— V.G.

..make you feel like you were the only one they were taking care of.

— L.H.

My mother looked beautiful and the staff was wonderful!

— K. B.