Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
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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July 28, 2014
by William Spear

World Cemetery Customs – Part 2

The second cemetery we visited was Kaitsevde Kalmesta (Defense Forces Cemetery), a military cemetery near the center of Tallinn. This is the home of ‘The Bronze Soldier’, a controversial war […]

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July 22, 2014
by William Spear

World Cemetery Customs – Part 1

We recently visited the Republic of Estonia (see pictures below for a map of Estonia) to see our son, Kristjan, get married. While there, we had an opportunity to visit […]

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July 4, 2014
by William Spear

Known but to God: America’s Unknown Soldier

In 1994, our family took a trip to Washington D.C. area, and one of the highlights of our visit was the trip to Arlington National Cemetery.  We explored the historic […]

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Thank you for your wonderful service you provided with the loss of our son.  We can’t fully express how much your support and help was appreciated.

— A.B.

They were very helpful and kind. I used them before and will again. Not interested in anywhere else.

— C. M.

…treating you like family and went out of their way to help ease the pain.

— S. V.