Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Funeral Services, Burial and Cremation

“I have seen many people in counseling at the Center for Loss and Life Transition who, at the time of death, thought it would be ‘easier’ not to have a funeral service.  They end up trying to go around their grief instead of through it – resulting in what I term, ‘living in the shadow of the ghosts of grief’.”

I always say that when words are inadequate, have a ceremony!  Funerals are not about closure, they are about a good beginning.  Blessed are those who mourn.”

Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.
International and noted author, education and grief counselor.

Why Are Funerals Important?

As far back as anthropologists can trace civilization, humans have recognized a death with a ritual or ceremony. In some cultures funerals were large gatherings with uninhibited, public displays of grief; mourners tore their clothes or even injured themselves to demonstrate their emotional pain. In others the dead were buried with their favorite belongings to comfort them in a next world. Today, of course, people all over the world still commemorate their loved ones with ceremonies that reflect their religious or cultural attitudes toward death.

YouFuneral rituals help survivors heal might wonder why funerals are so important that virtually every culture has them in one form or another. There are several reasons.
Just as we have rituals for other passages of life, such as graduations and weddings, we need a ritual for death — one of the most significant of all passages. Funerals don’t just recognize that a life was lived. They offer survivors a chance to gather and recall what mattered to them about the deceased’s life: his or her accomplishments, friendship, guidance or love.

The funeral ritual also helps the survivors to heal emotionally. When someone we love dies, we experience grief, which, though it hurts, is not something to avoid. Grief is part of the healing process that allows us to separate ourselves from the deceased person and go on with our lives.

An important step in grieving is expressing the emotions that may accompany death: anger, guilt, fear, sorrow and depression. A funeral gives mourners a place to express those feelings. Funerals stimulate mourners to talk about the deceased, one of the first steps toward accepting the death. The funeral brings together a community of mourners who, by supporting each other, can help themselves through a difficult period.
For thousands of years, funerals have allowed survivors to express their feelings about the death of someone they love. According to noted grief educator Alan Wolfelt, the funeral ceremony helps mourners:

  • Acknowledge someone has died,
  • Say good-bye,
  • Remember the person who died and encourages us to share those memories with others
  • Affirm the worth of their relationship with the person who died,
  • Provide a social support system,
  • Search for the meaning of life and death,
  • Offer continuity and hope for the living.

Meaning, funeral ceremonies are rites of passage that help survivors accept a life without the person who died.

What is Cremation?

Hansen-Spear cremation servicesCremation is a process for preparing a body for its final disposition. Through cremation, the body is reduced to small skeletal fragments by intense heat and evaporation. The cremated remains are placed in an urn for final disposition.

With Cremation you have all the choices that you have with a traditional burial.

  • A gathering can be held to receive friends at the funeral home, church or another location.
  • A memorial service or service of remembrance, before or after cremation, can be held to honor the person who has died. This can take place in the funeral home, church, or place of your choice.
  • Favorite musical selections, readings and remembrances of family members are important choices in planning.
  • A graveside service is another option preferred by many. Whether it is private, or for friends and family, it is an important final moment.
  • Cremated remains may be placed in an urn for final disposition. Options are burial, above ground entombment, scattering, permanent possession, or a combination of these.

In most cases, a licensed individual is required to transport the body to the crematorium and handle all necessary legal forms and contingencies. The funeral professional at Hansen-Spear is licensed to serve you in this regard. Besides assisting in the legal aspects of your cremation arrangement, the experienced funeral professional will also provide you with his or her guidance pertaining to all the options which have been described on this page, with personal, individual concern for your particular desires.

Other items to consider to make a service more meaningful

widow flagWhat is the person’s favorite:

  • song or hymn
  • scripture reading
  • poem or quote
  • flower or memento
  • hobby or sport
  • charity or cause
  • family photo…or memory

Do you want someone special to:

  • deliver your eulogy
  • share a special reading
  • lead a prayer
  • sing a song or play an instrument

MeaningFunerals.com – An Online Guide 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)”

Recent Obituaries

  • Kenneth Phillips:

    Kenneth Phillips, age 71, of Quincy, died Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 8:25 p.m. in Bickford Cottage. Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

  • Dolores “Dodie” Long:

    Dolores F. ‘Dodie’ Long, of Quincy, died on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 8:53 am in Blessing Hospital. Dodie was born June 3, 1930 in Quincy, Illinois the daughter of […]

  • Carol Jean Mettemeyer:

    Carol Jean Mettemeyer, age 79, of Fowler, died Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 8:46 a.m. in Sunset Home. Carol was born August 2, 1939 in Pittsfield, Illinois, the daughter of […]

  • Peggy A. Wiesemann:

    Peggy A. Wiesemann, age 74, of Quincy, died on Monday, January 14, 2019, at 8:42 am in her home. Peggy was born May 17, 1944 in Russel, Kansas, the daughter […]

  • Geraldine Lawrence:

    Geraldine Mary “Gerry” Lawrence, age 92, of Quincy, died Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 6:00 a.m. in Bickford Cottage. Gerry was born November 12, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter […]

  • Charles Marion Marsh:

    Charles “Marion” Marsh, age 87, of Camp Point, IL died Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at 12:37 pm in his home. Marion was born March 28, 1931 in Clayton, Illinois, the […]

  • Dennis Green:

    Dennis Ray Green, age 53, of Quincy and formerly of Peoria, IL, died on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at 4:02 am in his home. Dennis was born December 18, 1965 […]

  • Constance Christie:

    Constance Ruth “Connie” Christie, age 87, of Quincy, died Friday, January 4, 2019, at 9:10 pm in St. Vincent’s Home. Connie was born August 30, 1931 in Quincy, Illinois, the […]

  • Patrick Mahoney:

    Marvin “Patrick” Mahoney, age 74, of Quincy, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 4:42 pm in Blessing Hospital. Patrick was born January 9, 1944 […]

  • Jeffrey J. Eickelschulte:

    Jeffrey J. Eickelschulte, age 48, of La Grange, Missouri, died Saturday, December 29, 2018, at 1:35 pm in his home. Jeff was born December 11, 1970 in Quincy, Illinois the […]

I was in the hospital and they streamed it online to allow me to watch the service.

— L. M.

I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful services you and your organization provided for our family, in the passing of my mother. She looked beautiful in her resting […]

— G.O.

Hansen-Spear arranged to have our dog (yellow lab) attend the graveside portion of the funeral. He and our dog were best friends. It meant so much to us!

— V.J.