Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
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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June 3, 2014
by William Spear

Military Funeral Honors: A Powerful Tribute to Veterans

Last June, Kristin and I were overseas when my Grandpa, George Spear, died.  As funeral arrangements were being made, I was asked what I thought about having military rites at […]

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January 10, 2014
by William Spear

How Do I Know What is Right for Me – Cremation, Burial, a Mausoleum or Columbarium?

It can be difficult to decide which form of disposition is most suitable for you. The best way to reach a conclusion is by educating yourself on the available options […]

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They were always there for me and come in the funeral home very early in the morning for me.

— L. B.

I am a Pastor who has done countless funerals and worked with many different funeral homes, but your services were second to none!

I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful services you and your organization provided for our family, in the passing of my mother. She looked beautiful in her resting […]

— G.O.