Spear Family Cooking: Apple Pie with Crumb Topping

Apple Crumb Pie | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Hi friends, I have been lax in my recipe posts. This is my apple pie recipe which is always a hit with my boys. The exciting part of this particular pie is the apples were harvested from Kristin's brother Tim's apple trees last fall. Will and Kristin cored, peeled and sliced the apples. They measured the amount needed for a pie, added the ingredients for the filling, and put all of it in a ziplock for freezing. They were nice enough to … [Read more...]

My Patients Are My Reward

Holding Hands | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

I have said for a long time that I didn’t choose hospice, hospice chose me.  I had been drawn to helping people at the end of life, beginning when I was working as a CNA and taking nursing classes.  Anytime I would see a patient in need during their final days, I had an urge to fill that need. I had actually been working in Pediatrics when a friend encouraged me to apply for the position with Blessing Hospice & Palliative Care.  … [Read more...]

Radical Self-Care

I had a crash course in self-care after a personal loss I had in my life. Radical self-care, I now call it, looking back on those insular years after Cam’s death. At the time, taking care of myself was instinctual and vital; it felt as though my life depended on it. Slowly but surely I took care of myself, often determining what that meant in each moment – my needs dictating my next steps. Since then, I have become more consciously attuned … [Read more...]

GIVE BACK Charity Profile: Down Country

GIVE BACK Charity - Down Country | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

  In February, we attended the Rhinestones and Rodeo Fundraiser for Down Country.  That was my first introduction to Down Country, and I knew before I left the event that they would be a recipient of our GIVE BACK donation. I had the opportunity to visit with Kate Dougherty, the President and founder of Down Country, and I want to share a little of what I learned about their work in our community. Down Country was founded in 2011 in Taylor, … [Read more...]

Missing You

Spring Flowers | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

There is a quote I recently read about healing after the death of a loved one, and it’s one that I wish I had heard years ago. I saw it within the work of Dr. Joanne Cacciatore (http://centerforlossandtrauma.blogspot.ca/), and unfortunately, I can’t find the exact reference, so I will paraphrase her words: It’s not about learning how to not miss someone, it’s about learning how to live well again, while missing them. I think this … [Read more...]

“Dead” is not a bad word

Rose on Pink Granite Stone | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

I’m going to tell you a secret.  The core of my field of work is helping people enjoy their last days of life, knowing they are not long for this world.  And yet when it comes down to the nitty-gritty of it, I often have a hard time using the words “dead” and “died.” I had truly never thought about the language of death- and my “death” discomfort- until it came up in conversation during a staff meeting.  We were discussing the … [Read more...]