Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Grief Resources

If you are visiting this section, it is likely that you recently experienced a loss. We know this is a difficult time for you, and we hope the information you find here will help you get through your experience.

We each grieve in our own individual way. How we handle the loss of a loved one depends on our personal backgrounds, and even on how the person died. But there are some common threads that run through all kinds of grief. Understanding these basic elements will help you understand that you are not alone in how you feel.

“Grief is not a disorder, a disease, or a sign of weakness.
It is an emotional, physical, and spiritual necessity, the price
you pay for love.  The only cure for grief is to grieve.”

~Dr. Earl A. Grollman

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Griefwords Library

The Griefwords library contains over 60 articles on grief topics by Dr. Alan Wolfelt.

Author, educator, and grief counselor, Dr. Alan Wolfelt is known across North America for his inspirational teaching gifts. His compassionate messages about healing in grief—based on his own personal losses as well as his experience supporting children, teens, adults, and families over the last three decades—speak not only to the intellect but to the hearts of all who hear him. Perhaps best known for his model of “companioning” versus “treating” mourners, Dr. Wolfelt is committed to helping people mourn well so they can live well and love well.

Hansen-Spear Blog

Our Hansen-Spear Blog has multiple resources and categories for those who are mourning a loss – friends, family and caregivers.

Many of our posts cover topics related to grief and mourning and there are a variety of contributors giving different views, experience and advice.

These resources are available to you 24/7 so you can access when and where you need them… click here to view our Blog.

Understanding Grief

If you have recently lost a loved one, most likely you are grappling with a mix of difficult emotions.  Maybe you are in shock at the sudden death of a family member.  Of perhaps interwoven with your sorrow is a sense of peace for a friend who suffered through a trying battle with cancer.  While understanding grief is a complicated thing, it can help to look at how the circumstances surrounding a death can influence your feelings.  The following sections are meant to give you insight into how your situation may be affecting your grief.

These articles are provided courtesy of the NFDA.

Local (Quincy, Illinois) Grief Support

H.E.A.L. (Grief Support for Adults)

There are two H.E.A.L. support groups that meet monthly.

3rd Tuesday at 7:00 pm
Blessing Hospital Chapel
11th & Broadway
Quincy, IL 62301

1st Thursday at 1:00 pm
Quincy Senior Center
639 York Street
Quincy, IL 62301

SHARE (grief support for the loss of a child)

There are two different SHARE groups that meet in Quincy and focus on different types of child loss.  Please see the descriptions above each to determine which group you should attend.

The SHARE group for the loss of a child at any age, under any circumstances:

2nd Thursday at 7:00 pm
Blessing Hospital Chapel
11th & Broadway
Quincy, IL 62301

The SHARE group for perinatal loss (loss of a child through miscarriage, still birth or infant loss):

3rd Thursday at 7:00 pm
Blessing Hospital Chapel
11th & Broadway
Quincy, IL 62301

Left Behind / Moving Forward

Left Behind / Moving Forward is a support group for those who have suffered a loss by suicide.  Meeting are held monthly.

3rd Monday from 6:00 -7:00 pm
Transitions of Western IL
4409 Maine Street
Quincy, IL 62305

This support group is provided by the Adams County Suicide Prevention Coalition, a joint project between Blessing Hospital and Transitions of Western Illinois.

Other Links for Grief Support and Grief Resources

I wanted to let you know how well you made Mom’s visitation and funeral go. I had been dreading this event, and from my first call to Theresa it was […]

— M.

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

— L. B.

This was a very difficult time for us…Will, Jeff, Theresa and George Spear were so kind, wonderful and supportive to the family.  We will always be grateful to them.

— J.C.