Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
March 14, 2018
by Deb Brandt

This is Us

In February, after the Super Bowl game my favorite television show had a special episode. All the other episodes led up to this pivotal part of the story. For weeks […]

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February 26, 2018
by Deb Brandt


The idea of triggers; sights, sounds, smells, circumstances that bring back a strong memory, have been around for a long time.  However, it seems that recently this idea has become […]

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January 18, 2018
by Deb Brandt

A Clearing in the Woods

Recently I read a poem by Martha Postlewaite titled “Clearing.” In her poem Postlewaite invites the reader to “create a clearing in the dense forest of your life and wait […]

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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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September 30, 2015
by William Spear

Living Losses

Since the beginning of August, the lives of my friends and family have been sprinkled with losses, changes and transitions, both wanted an unwanted. Relationships have ended. Separations and divorces […]

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Will went above and beyond his necessary service.

— S. T.

Most of our arrangements were by phone at the onset, and everything was done very well upon our arrival to town for services.

— V.G.

I always thought it was so odd when people remark how natural the deceased looks, but in Mom’s case, she did look beautiful and we have you to thank for […]

— M.