Developing a New Social Life After a Loss

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

When you lose a loved one, it seems as though your entire world falls apart. Socializing with old friends can be difficult without him or her by your side. Perhaps your loved one was the social butterfly that was always coordinating with friends and making the social arrangements, and now you feel alone. Sometimes making new friends can allow for a fresh start and a new perspective. A great way to meet people is through your place of … [Read more...]

Spear Family Cooking: Theresa’s Gluten Free Pizza (Dough & Sauce)

Homemade Gluten Free Pizza | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

I am very excited about sharing my new recipes with all of you.  I have been experimenting with gluten free pizza dough for a couple years, and I have finally created one that I will call "my own" because it tastes good without anything on it. I have always loved a good pizza dough, and the dough determined whether the pizza was really good or not.  Years ago I refined a dough recipe that my family considered delicious. The one food I … [Read more...]

Fifteen Best Rock and Roll Songs for a Funeral

Rock & Roll | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Theologian Martin Luther wrote, “My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when weary and sick.”  We all know the value of music in our personal lives, how it can set and even change a mood. Especially for baby boomers, rock and roll music has both defined our culture and been a companion for all of our most cherished events. Certain songs will immediately transport us back in our lives to … [Read more...]

Questions to Ask Before Hiring Home Care for Your Loved One

Ask the Questions | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Whether you are hiring from a home care services agency or a personal home health aide, conducting a thorough interview can ensure your loved one receives quality, loving care. When hiring from a home care services agency, find out if the agency is licensed by the state. Most states require agencies to be licensed and reviewed regularly. If so, request the reviews from the state health department. Ask if they’re certified by Medicare to … [Read more...]

Cooking Class – Thai Grilled Flank Steak with Red Coconut Curry Sauce

Final Touches | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

In this second post about our "Meats 101" cooking class at The Chopping Block in Chicago, Illinois, I will be sharing this wonderful recipe that we made.  I am also going to share some tips and ways our family has taken aspects of this recipes and changed it to make wonderful meals. We truly enjoy cooking, experimenting and trying new recipes and ideas.  We also love to eat the meals we produce in the kitchen.  Cooking is something we do … [Read more...]

Beyond the Funeral: Annual Reminders of our Loss

Calendar Pages | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Long after the death and funeral of a loved one, we still have emotions and memories that keep the spirit and love of that person with us.  Our memories are important, even when they make us sad, because it is the memories that we have that keeps that love in our hearts. February 12th was my grandma, Charlotte Spear's, birthday.  Just because she has been gone for six years does not take away the importance of that day.  To me, it is still … [Read more...]