Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
December 9, 2017
by Rev. Steve Disseler

Frozen: Holiday Grief

Each Christmas season, like the first, has a complexity that represents the many dimensions that are part of life’s wholeness: good and bad, joy and sorrow, failure and triumph.  But […]

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June 15, 2017
by Jeff Spear


We all have them and this Sunday we celebrate them. It’s the stories that go with them that make them the legends they are. I think a dad’s two major roles […]

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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 Brother Ed Arambasich, OFM

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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You have seen us at our worst.  Words cannot describe how grateful we are to you for everything you’ve done for us and our beautiful children who’ve passed.  From the […]

— M. & A.

Just wanted you to know how grateful we are when you advertise the Blood Drives in our community…. Thanks for your generosity

— Adams County Red Cross

Jeff was so patient beyond belief with Dad and extended family when planning the funeral for “hours.”

— M.