Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
October 8, 2018
by Jeff Spear

The Lincoln Room – Part 4

The final significant pieces of Lincoln memorabilia that we have displayed in the Lincoln Room are newspapers associated with the assassination, the funeral in New York City, and ultimately the […]

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August 27, 2018
by Jeff Spear

The Lincoln Room – Part 2

I will continue with my series about the collection of artifacts in ‘The Lincoln Room’ at the funeral home by focusing on several envelopes from the 1860’s that my father, […]

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August 20, 2018
by Jeff Spear

The Lincoln Room – Part 1

If you have not visited the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois, I would encourage you to do so. It is a wonderful collection of authentic memorabilia and vignettes on Lincoln’s […]

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March 23, 2017
by Jeff Spear

12 Folds of Honor

Every honorably discharged active duty veteran is entitled to have military rites performed at his or her funeral or memorial service. In our area we are blessed to have two […]

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March 10, 2017
by Deb Brandt

Why attend?

My favorite teacher was Mrs. Crawley. She was my fifth grade teacher. And, although that was many years ago, her kindness stayed with me through the rest of my school […]

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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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July 19, 2016
by Linda Stuart

When I Die, Please Do Something

In her dresser drawer, they discovered a hand-written note that read, “When I die, please do nothing.” She had just taken her last breath. And so began the distressing dilemma […]

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July 14, 2016
by Jeff Spear

“More Cowbell” or “Don’t Fear the Reaper”

40 years ago, while I was in college, my fraternity normally held it’s weekend party on a Friday night so we could all gather in the lounge on Saturday to watch the ultra-popular new […]

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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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April 30, 2015
by Jeff Spear

Ecuadorian Funeral Customs

Theresa and I had the great fortune to travel Ecuador in January. While there, as with any place we travel, we looked into some of the local funeral customs and […]

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Thank you for your help and concern.  I’ll never forget sharing the passing with our dog.  The information brochures were a very real help.  Thank you for the memorial ree planting.  So […]

— R. N.

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

— L. B.

Everything was just perfect!   Nothing was left out.  We were so pleased.

— M.M.