Thanksgiving Trap-dition

Thanksgiving Family | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

More than 50 years ago, my grandfather invited some of his friends and his sons-in-law to his farm for a trap shoot early on Thanksgiving morning. Since that first frosty Midwest morning, the tradition has continued. Rain, snow, sleet, cold, mud and sunny autumn weather have greeted those participating in the shoot. If it were bitterly cold, a couple of log fires were built for people to gather around while waiting their turn. Coffee arrived … [Read more...]

Follow Through: The Blessing Hospice Grief Program

Rose | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

The end of life can be an ambivalent time for most family members, full of mixed emotions among family members and sometimes even contradictory feelings within yourself.  There may be sadness that the loved one is no longer physically with us, yet relief that he or she is no longer suffering.   Tears and sadness about the loss of life are common, but so is laughter and smiles at fond memories of a life well-lived. Blessing Hospice has a … [Read more...]

A song that tugs at your heartstrings

Vince Gill | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Theresa and I had the distinct honor of meeting Vince Gill last week in Nashville while attending the National Funeral Directors Association Annual Convention. He was with a group of great country musicians that play together as ‘The Time Jumpers.’ (Thanks to his golf buddy and my high school classmate, Tom Provow, for orchestrating the event!) The following day at the convention, we had the pleasure of hearing Vince sing “Go Rest High … [Read more...]

GIVE BACK Charity Profile: Birthright of Quincy

GIVE BACK - Birthright | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

October is Right to Life Awareness month, and unfortunately, I have not heard or seen much of anything in the media to promote that awareness. Even in general, most of what I do hear about the Right to Life in the mainstream media is mainly concerned with the political aspect, and unfortunately, it seems to be focused primarily on abortion as opposed to the Right to Life itself. However, there are people in our own community who are quietly, but … [Read more...]

It’s time to put yourself in trained hands…your own.

Group of Hands | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

This past summer I went to Chicago, took a course, and obtained certification to teach women the MammaCare breast self-examination method. Before I went, I thought about my own comfort level, knowledge and skills on performing my own breast self-exam.  Like most of you, I read pamphlets provided at local health fairs and mimicked what my physician performed when I went for a physical.  I too was not sure what I was supposed to be feeling or if … [Read more...]

Birthdays – A Mark of the Passage of Time

Birthday Balloons | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

I woke up on Friday morning and texted my mom, having learnt not to expect people to remember forever. “Cam would have been 36 today,” I wrote. “Awe, are you sad?” she replied. “No, not sad. I’m tired. I need quiet alone time, but I’m not sad surprisingly.” “Remember to breathe and make it a good day,” she wrote. With a touch of sarcasm and a touch of truth I wrote back, “Yeah, we are the ones still alive, … [Read more...]