Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
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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April 13, 2016
by Deb Buehler

Speak, if you are able

In my role as a certified funeral celebrant and grief educator, I am often in the unique position of walking with families through the process of planning a funeral, memorial […]

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Will went above and beyond his necessary service.

— S. T.

Everything was just perfect!   Nothing was left out.  We were so pleased.

— M.M.

Hansen-Spear made a very uncomfortable loss in our family more easy to accept and cope with. Been to other funerals and these guys are way ahead of the game. Top […]

— J.M.