Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
August 16, 2017
by Jeff Spear

What You Need to Know to STOP a Suicide

  I will not claim to be an expert on this topic, but thought this would be a great time to address it since several things coincidentally happened all at […]

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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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November 19, 2016
by Jeff Spear

The Value of Sending a Card

One of the most frequently asked questions when someone dies is, “Is there anything I can do?” No one has ever come up with the single perfect phrase to help […]

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August 6, 2014
by William Spear

Celebrating Her Memory

My Aunt Jean was a loving, intelligent, and articulate lady. She was a wonderful example of the beauty and character a woman can impart to her family, friends, and community. […]

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June 24, 2014
by Connie Palmer

Supporting Your Grieving Teen

If you are reading this, you have a teenager who has experienced the death of a relative or friend.  Your child is in pain and you are trying to figure […]

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February 1, 2014
by Deb Buehler

Learning About Stillbirth Loss

My husband and I were living in another state when our friend’s long-awaited child was born still. I am afraid that across the distance, we weren’t very supportive of this […]

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November 6, 2013
by William Spear

Being A Container: Holding Space for Others

We have all been called upon at one time or another to help a loved one through a difficult time. When the help required consists of concrete actions, such as […]

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May 8, 2013
by Hansen-Spear

Mommy, when is grandma coming back?

Explaining Death to Children Somewhere in our later childhood, we develop an understanding of death.  We begin to realize that it’s not like in the cartoons, where the coyote falls […]

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December 18, 2012
by William Spear

How to Talk to the Children and Teens in Your Life About the Newtown, CT Tragedy

How to Talk to the Children and Teens in Your Life About the Newtown, CT Tragedy Once again we are faced with the traumatic, violent deaths of a group of […]

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Your guidance thorugh the process of planning the service for my husband after his passing was most comforting.  There was a gentle, relaxed manner by Will and Brian as we […]

— M. P.

Dear Will, Words fail me, and my husband for how kind you have been to us in this sudden and painful event.  You, sir, have taught me that kindness to […]

— S.M.

I am grateful to you all for your sincere kindness and help in my time of need! I was so very lost as to what to do and how.  I […]

— L.E.