Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
May 12, 2014
by Deb Buehler

Sending Condolence Cards

As the sun rose and streams of early morning light filled my home office, I took the ribbons off the piles of cards representing words of encouragement I received after […]

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August 8, 2013
by William Spear

After the Funeral – Thank You Notes

After you make it through the  visitation and funeral service for a loved one, your family is still faced with many tasks to complete, including writing thank you notes. You […]

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July 15, 2013
by William Spear

Can I Wear Colored Clothing to a Funeral?

Everyone is different, and each person’s life can be celebrated in a unique manner. For some, a traditional funeral complete with black or dark coloring is desired and appropriate for […]

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March 16, 2013
by William Spear

I never quite know what to say at a funeral…

What’s proper funeral etiquette? If there’s ever a time when we’re afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing, it’s when a death occurs.  But there are many things you […]

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October 29, 2012
by William Spear

Silence! (Your Cell Phone)

I have always thought this would be a given.  It just seems natural to me that you would silence or turn off your cell phone when you attend a funeral.  […]

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July 5, 2012
by William Spear

What about the Graveside Service?

When you arrive at a funeral, you will generally have a funeral director ask if you will be going to the cemetery.  If you are, we want to get your […]

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July 5, 2012
by William Spear

What do I wear to a funeral?

Most of us think of black suits when we think about funeral attire.  Black is traditional, but it is no longer the only appropriate color to wear to a visitation […]

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July 3, 2012
by William Spear

What should I say??

Knowing what to say to someone who has lost a loved one is difficult.  I’m a funeral director so you would think I would always know what to say, right? […]

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July 3, 2012
by William Spear

Things NOT to say…

Whether you are visiting a bereaved family at their home, in public or at the visitation and funeral, there are certain things you should avoid saying.  After giving you a […]

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Thank you very much for all your kindness and effort in arranging mom’s funeral.  Your patience and guidance greatly helped us during this time.

— W.A.

When both of my children were unexpectedly born still (just two years and two days apart) I was devastated. I didn’t know where to begin the process of laying my […]

— M.M.

I was so impressed with the entire staff.  They knew the answer before we asked the question.

— L. B.