Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
July 11, 2017
by Jeff Spear

Just Do Something

As I was listening to Lou Simon on Sirius radio Saturday, I learned about the history of a song that I always liked growing up. It was Hugh Masekela’s ‘Grazing in […]

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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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Thanks for all you did to make my dad’s funeral as special as it was.  You did a great job and we appreciate all you did!

— P.E.

Thank You for helping us to provide a beautiful service and celebration to honor our father.

— N. F.

I always thought it was so odd when people remark how natural the deceased looks, but in Mom’s case, she did look beautiful and we have you to thank for […]

— M.