Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Make it Personal

When we gather to celebrate the life of someone we love, we want it to be a unique tribute to the life they lived.  There are many ways to make a service special and to add those personal touches that will truly honor the life of your loved one.

This page has two sections:

Ways to Make it Personal contains a small sampling of ideas that can be incorporated to create a more meaningful tribute.  Whether you choose burial or cremation, we can help you plan a unique service to “Celebrate a Life Well Lived”.

Keepsakes and Jewelry lists some of the options you have to create lasting tribute that you can take home and carry with you as a memento of your loved one.

Online Resource for Families

MeaningfulFunerals.com was created through a collaboration between Batesville and Dr. Alan Wolfelt to provide the information and insights necessary to help families create meaningful funeral experiences that both honor the lives of their loved ones and start them on the path to healing from their losses.” (From MeaningFunerals.com)”

Ways to Make it Personal…

National Cemetery | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Arlington National Cemetery

For the families of our nation’s veterans who are being buried in Arlington National Cemetery, we can arrange to have a special recorded presentation of the annual Veteran’s Day services at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.  This moving commemorative video is a tribute and an inspiration to friends and family who might not be able to attend.

If you are a veteran who is eligible for burial at Arlington National Cemetery, we can help arrange the transportation and services from Quincy to Washington.

We can help you make it personal.

Bagpiper | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois


Music is an integral part of the funeral service, and bagpipes have been used to honor loved ones through music for hundreds of years.  Bagpipers are a unique tribute that expresses musically our feelings of loss that words often fail to convey.

A bagpiper can be incorporated into various parts of a funeral or memorial service.  Bagpipers are commonly used after the service as the casket proceeds to the hearse.  At the graveside, the bagpiper often plays a farewell.

We can help you make it personal.

Balloon Release | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Balloon Release

We will arrange for a bouquet of balloons in various colors according to your preferences.  Some families choose elegant white, while others prefer the joy and cheerfulness of a multicolored display.

The balloons are specially formulated to be safe for the environment, and as they drift gently upward they leave us with an impression and memory that lasts a lifetime.

We will help you coordinate the release at the ceremony so it can occur at just the right time in the service.

We can help you make it personal.

Butterfly Release | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Butterfly Release

At this particularly touching ceremony, butterflies are released into the air, creating clouds of fluttering color that ascend toward the heavens.

This sight of these delicate creatures taking to the air is quite symbolic, and creates a lasting memory for all who witness it.

We are able to coordinate every element to enhance the service of your loved one.

Hansen-Spear can help you arrange a butterfly release in Quincy, Illinois and the surrounding area.

Please Note:  There are certain limitations to a butterfly release, specifically related to the outside temperature.  We can check on the availability and cost for a butterfly release at your request.

We can help you make it personal.

Dove | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Dove Release

For Millennia, the dove has been the symbol of the human soul.  These elegant birds leap into the sky in a burst of energy and exuberance, reminding us of the soul’s ascent to heaven, and the abundant life that blesses each one of us.

A dove release is particularly meaningful at the graveside service.  To make this event even more beautiful, our staff will facilitate the release with the words of the minister or speaker at the ceremony.

We can help you make it personal.

Launch Into Space | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Launch into Space

Since the dawn of time, we have looked to the skies and wondered at the stars.  The journey of Earth’s men and women into the heavens is very recent, and we are constantly reminded of both its beauty and the magnitude of the accomplishment.

Now, your loved one can become one with the stars in a very real sense.  The cremated remains are lifted into the heavens by the most compelling technology of the modern age.  We have a relationship with an aerospace company that specialized in this unique and very special form of commemoration, so we make very arrangement and see to every detail of the process.  The cremated remains are placed in a special reinforced container, carefully mounted into a specially constructed space vehicle, and launched beyond the pull of Earth’s gravity, where they will travel through the heavens for all time.

We can help you make it personal.

Funeral Urn Ark | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Funeral Urn Ark

The Funeral Urn Ark is available at Hansen-Spear to allow more family participation for cremation services when there is a burial of the urn at the cemetery.  The urn is securely placed within our Cherry Urn Ark and four pallbearers escort the Urn to the hearse and the graveside.

The Urn Ark may also be used, at no charge, as a way of displaying an urn for a service in our chapel at Hansen-Spear.

We can help you make it personal.

Motorcycle Hearse | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Motorcycle Hearse

Shouldn’t a rider take their “Farewell Ride” in something other than a Cadillac?  Send your loved one off in fashion that is fitting to the lifestyle they lived.

Let us take your motorcycle enthusiast to his or her final resting place in a handcrafted motorcycle drawn carriage.  We’ll make the service unique by taking the procession down a favorite road or past a place of sentimental importance.  We are proud to offer this service because we believe that the passion of riding should not end with a passing.  Ask our staff for more information about arranging for a motorcycle hearse.

We can help you make it personal.

Memory Table | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Memory Tables

Displaying personal pictures and mementos on a memory table for the visitation and service provide a truly touching form of remembrance.  The items displayed on memory tables are viewed by everyone coming into visitation and give both family members and friends an opportunity to cherish and remember as they look at special items on display (examples: pictures, awards, crafts, childhood toys, military uniform and medals).

We will help you assemble a display of cherished objects and personal possessions that will help you tell the story of the life of your loved one.  If you don’t know what to display, visit with one of us and we will help make recommendations to help you choose items that make for the most personal kind of remembrance.

We can help you make it personal.

Picture Boards | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Picture Boards

For most of us, memories are preserved through photographs and other paper images that are representative of the things we’ve done in our lives.  Newspaper clippings, for example, and even ticket stubs from an important event that was attended are saved and stored.

We can help you arrange all of your special items on a handsome picture board…creating a beautiful collage that brings back memories of days gone by.  As visitors see the pictures on display, it often takes them back to times they shared bringing back memories and stories to share with family and friends.

We can help you make it personal.

Military Rites

Veterans who have been honorably discharged are eligible to receive a flag from the United States Government and military honors that can be conducted.  This is available to all veterans who have been honorably discharged, regardless of what time period or where they served.

We will arrange the services with the branch of military (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines) and a local veterans group.  The flag will be folded and presented to the family, accompanied by a gun salute and the playing of Taps.  After the service, we will provide a case to protect your flag and will collect the spent shells from the gun salute for your family.

In Quincy, the local American Legion Post #37 and the Payson VFW service most of our requests for military honors.

We can help you make it personal.

Ocean Reef | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Ocean Reefs

Artificial reefs are being constructed all over the world to replenish the life of the sea by encouraging the growth of coral, fish and other sea life.  They are constructed in sections, out of special, environmentally-safe materials, and submerged in many parts of the world.

It is now possible for us to arrange for cremated remains to become both a symbolic and very real part of a process of creating new life in the worlds critical underwater environments.

We can help you make it personal.

Tree Planting | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Tree Planting

As an expression of our sympathy, we have a young tree planted in memory of your loved one through the Lofty Oaks Association.  Lofty Oaks is a New Hampshire organization dedicated to reforestation and conservation efforts.

These trees, planted in Illinois, provide a living memory in honor of the deceased and help renew the forest life of Illinois.  The memorial trees are planted in the spring and fall in protected parks and forests.  This program is part of a large endeavor to restore the landscape and our environment with the eternal beauty of living trees.

Each family we serve will receive a certificate of planting suitable for framing and keeping in the family’s history.

We are also able to help arrange for trees to be ordered and given to those attending the service.  This form of tribute will allow those attending the service to take home a tree and plant it as a living memorial of their loved one.

We can help you make it personal.

Video Tributes

A video of pictures spanning the life of your loved one is a an especially touching commemoration and does much to help family and friends appreciate the life that has been lived.

The family can provide us with approximately 50 photos of the person who has died, and we craft them into a video presentation.  This video uses sight and motion to create a powerful, loving tribute that tells the story of a life and imparts loving impressions of the person who has died.

This can be shown at the visitation, at the service itself or simply be a keepsake.  Multiple copies for family members can be arranged as well.

We can help you make it personal.

Keepsakes and Jewelry…

Remembrance keepsakes are items that are personalized to make a lasting tribute to your loved one.  We can arrange to have any number of remembrance keepsakes made for you personally or for giving out at the service to all the family and friends.

There are many different options for making personal keepsakes from printed materials like bookmarks, prayer cards and memorial folders to custom wristbands, fingerprint jewelry, cremation jewelry and created gems.

Ask our staff for information or ideas about keepsakes.

We can help you make it personal.

Life Gem | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Memorial Gems

A memorial gem combines the brilliance of a diamond with the brilliance of a life.

We have access to an advanced process that creates a diamond from just a lock of hair or cremated remains, making an everlasting memory of your loved one in exquisite form.  Your diamond comes complete with a certified Diamond Grading Report, providing information on carat, cut color and clarity – all of the information you would expect  when purchasing a high quality diamond.

We will facilitate all arrangements for you to ensure the highest standards of quality.

We will help you make it personal.

Aspen Hug | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Buddies Paw Print Jewelry

We offer customized pet paw print jewelry through our partnership with Meadow Hill Corporation.  Our pets hold a special place in our hearts and we can now have their paw print, nose print, or other print cast into a precious piece of jewelry that we can cherish forever.

Buddies jewelry is available in many styles and comes in sterling silver, 14k white and yellow gold, and white bronze.

Please visit our full page on Buddies Paw Print Jewelry for more information and pictures. [Buddies Paw Print Jewelry]

We can help you make it personal.

Thumbies Fingerprint Jewelry | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Thumbies Fingerprint Jewelry

Thumbies fingerprint keepsakes give you the opportunity to make a custom keepsake of the people you love and the times you want to remember. These customized, keepsake charms are created using real footprints, hand prints, or fingerprints.

Hansen Spear is part of Meadow Hill’s nationwide network of funeral homes that assist families in taking fingerprints and placing orders for jewelry keepsakes.

Please visit our full page on Thumbies Fingerprint Jewelry for more information and pictures.  [Thumbies Fingerprint Jewelry]

We can help you make it personal.

Remembrance Keepsake Jewelry

There are many lasting keepsakes available in the form of jewelry sot hat that memory of a loved one can be cherished forever.

If you choose cremation, we can arrange for a small portion of the cremated remains to be enclosed in a  decorative piece of jewelry.

Jewelry is available in stainless steel, brass, white bronze, sterling silver and yellow and white gold, giving you many options to choose from.

We can help you make it personal.

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— C.M.

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— C.M.

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