Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
December 27, 2016
by Deb Brandt-Buehler

Be Gentle With Yourself

The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve can be challenging for those who mourn. Whether it is your very first holiday season without your loved one, or your 5th, […]

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November 23, 2016
by Deb Brandt-Buehler

Giving Thanks for the One Who Died

Our first Thanksgiving without Dad was undeniably a hard one. He died in September. Thanksgiving arrived while we were all still raw and numb with grief. It felt too hard […]

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July 3, 2016
by Jeff Spear

Thoughts about my father, the veteran…

Thoughts about my father, the veteran, on this 4th of July I always knew that my father was a veteran. He never told ‘war stories’ or such when we were young, […]

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May 7, 2016
by Deb Buehler

Easing Loss on Mother’s Day

For weeks Mother’s Day messages have been everywhere. Advertisements for brunch and luncheon specials, Hallmark card scenarios, fine jewelry and all kinds of retail opportunities from clothing to flowers highlighting […]

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December 31, 2014
by William Spear

Welcoming the New Year

  ‘And now we welcome the New Year, full of things that have never been’ – Rainer Maria Rilke  Well, there goes 2014. Another calendar page turned, another year is […]

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December 26, 2014
by William Spear

Hope for the Holidays

After the death of a loved one, the holiday season can be particularly challenging. It is a time of year when there are many messages and expectations of hope, yet […]

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December 18, 2014
by Connie Palmer

The Gift of Having all Your Feelings

There is so much pressure to be happy in our culture, especially at the holidays.  We are supposed to have a “merry little Christmas” somehow.  If you are grieving during […]

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December 7, 2014
by William Spear

Holiday Grief: Expressing Your Feelings

Dear Friends: Peace and all good! During this time of Advent a time when we mediate on the incarnation of God becoming one of us, it makes me stop and […]

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November 26, 2014
by William Spear

Thanksgiving Trap-dition

More than 50 years ago, my grandfather invited some of his friends and his sons-in-law to his farm for a trap shoot early on Thanksgiving morning. Since that first frosty […]

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October 15, 2014
by Sandy Ayre

Birthdays – A Mark of the Passage of Time

I woke up on Friday morning and texted my mom, having learnt not to expect people to remember forever. “Cam would have been 36 today,” I wrote. “Awe, are you […]

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Hansen-Spear is the best. I would recommend them to anyone I know.

— T. Z.

On behalf of myself and my sister, I wanted to thank you very much for all your help when we were organizing our brother’s funeral.  Your attention to detail and […]

— J.P. & R.M.

They felt our sorrow.  This was not just a job to them.  They cared!!

— S. S.