Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
May 1, 2016
by Jeff Spear

Greek Easter – Christos Anesti!

“Christos Anesti!” “Christ is Risen!” Most people know that the Spear family heartily embraces our Greek heritage. Since my grandfather Spear (Spyropoulos) emigrated to the United States in the early […]

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May 27, 2015
by William Spear

Who do I want to share my life with now?

Dear Friends: A number of friends I have made over the past years here in Quincy said that after their parents died they looked around at their social circle and […]

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December 23, 2013
by Chaplain James Riley

Life is “AND”

Have you seen the commercials with the theme “And is Better”? Would you rather go to a “bed OR breakfast” or a “bed AND breakfast”? Is it better to have […]

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June 11, 2013
by William Spear

Am I grieving the right way? (Part 2)

“Dad, I noticed you did not cry at Mom’s funeral.” “You know, it’s time you got over your loss and moved on with your life.” “Why are you still so […]

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May 22, 2013
by William Spear

Am I grieving the right way? (Part 1)

No one has actually asked me that question. But many have expressed the feeling behind it. A friend called me on the way home from his sister’s funeral. “James, I […]

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December 24, 2012
by William Spear

Holiday Grief #4: Wishing for a Hopeful Christmas

As I was thinking about Holiday Grief and what might be a helpful topic at Christmas, I was listening to one of my favorite, non-traditional Christmas songs, “I Believe in […]

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July 11, 2012
by William Spear

A Reflection on the 23rd Psalm

  I found this reflection on the 23rd Psalm a few months ago and found that it spoke to me.  It was very appropriate for the time as I shared […]

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July 6, 2012
by William Spear

Death – What Dogs Can Teach Us

This was one of the anonymous items I received in my email.  I like it so much because it really does speak to the issue of death and how we, […]

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July 6, 2012
by William Spear

A Prayer for God’s Presence

After we experience a loss and are in the midst of our grief, we often neglect to take care of ourselves.  We sometimes find we need to be reminded to […]

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Mother had slipped from us for months.  Her appearance at the funeral home was amazing.  She looked like she did years previous.

— D.M.

This was our first direct experience with a funeral home/director.  While I must admit it was not an easy time, it was made much easier by the patience and understanding […]

— G. M.

Jeff was so patient beyond belief with Dad and extended family when planning the funeral for “hours.”

— M.