Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
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 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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July 14, 2014
by William Spear

Change of Life

Kids are funny. Their minds are learning something new and how to use it every minute. The younger they are, the more they can take in. They are so dependent […]

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May 20, 2014
by Connie Palmer

A Child’s First Funeral

The last thing a parent wants to do is take their child to a funeral or viewing.  We instinctively want to protect our children from the reality of death, yet […]

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September 19, 2013
by William Spear

Teaching Your Little Ones About Death

Losing a loved one is a devastating event for anyone, but children are particularly vulnerable, as they are confused and have not yet developed coping skills. Use everyday examples to […]

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August 15, 2013
by William Spear

Supporting Your Grieving Seven to Eleven Year Old Child

When a child experiences a death of a loved one, their world turns upside down.  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross said that children are the forgotten mourners.  This is because they express grief […]

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May 31, 2013
by Connie Palmer

Three to Six Year Olds: Supporting Your Grieving Child

When a child experiences a death of a loved one, their world turns upside down.  Adults often have trouble recognizing the grief of young children. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross said that children […]

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May 8, 2013
by Hansen-Spear

Mommy, when is grandma coming back?

Explaining Death to Children Somewhere in our later childhood, we develop an understanding of death.  We begin to realize that it’s not like in the cartoons, where the coyote falls […]

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April 3, 2013
by William Spear

Big Boys Do Cry

“Now stop that crying.  Big boys don’t cry.”  How many of you heard that while you were growing up?   Four years ago, I attended the funeral of a man who […]

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I got to be with Will, who will always be one of my favorites. Seeing him work now as a capable and intelligent adult was so gratifying. Having him orchestrate […]

— M.

My mother looked beautiful and the staff was wonderful!

— K. B.

Will, Thank you for all your help, kindness, and expertise.  Everything was perfect!  Mom would have been very pleased.

— M. H. & D. N.