Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
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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August 20, 2015
by William Spear

Finding the True Legacy Left Behind

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Psalm 25: v. 16 in these holy words from psalm 25, we continue to hear and […]

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July 23, 2015
by William Spear

The Lone Wolf

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. – Jane Howard   […]

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July 8, 2015
by Brother Ed Arambasich

How has your loved one claimed you?

Hello readers and may God bring you his peace and joy! I was reading James Ellroy’s, essay called “The Haunting”, published in an August 2009 issue of Newsweek magazine. I’d […]

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Everyone at Hansen-Spear was comforting, nice, and very professional.  They made a very difficult time easier.  I thank them for everything.  My mom wanted Hansen-Spear and now I know why. […]

— E. S.

I am grateful to you all for your sincere kindness and help in my time of need! I was so very lost as to what to do and how.  I […]

— L.E.

I cannot even put into words how wonderful a job you did in making my mother-in-law look like a queen after all she had been through and looked like.