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...]

“Bosom Buddies” – Breast Cancer Awareness

In Her Shoes - Blessing Breast Center | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

I work at Blessing so you would think it would be easy for me to pop in the Breast Center and have my annual mammogram. But even though I have an office and regular meetings just feet from a mammogram room, I was a little overdue. Life gets busy. At work, we have responsibilities that fill up our days and then some. As soon as we can, we rush to be at our children’s game, help with our friends and fulfill our family obligations. Before we … [Read more...]

GIVE BACK Charity Profile: Cathedral of Worship

Bishop EL Warren & Lady Ella | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

The Cathedral of Worship is a Quincy-based church involved in a variety of ministries at both the local and international levels. Specific outreaches include: food ministries, building projects, prison ministries, addict recovery, and pastoral training. Bishop E. L. Warren, Lady Ella, and the rest of the Cathedral staff spend most of their time engaged in actively ministering to the community, so unfortunately they don't always have the … [Read more...]

30 Years of Loco-Motion

Loco-Motion | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Today’s music pick honors the memory of Gerry Goffin who, along with songwriter and former wife Carole King, wrote some of the top songs of the 1960s, including number one hits “Will You love me Tomorrow”, “Take Good Care of My Baby”, “The Loco-Motion”, and “Go Away Little Girl.” Following their divorce he co-wrote several other number one hits, compiling eight number ones and over fifty US Top 40 hits. He was inducted into the … [Read more...]

Choose Your Words

Keeping A Journal | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Writing has always been my “go to” method for processing life events, and it was my lifeline through the intensity of a grief-stricken broken heart.  Writing was the way I could most easily express what was happening inside myself. I would write for hours, the words coming faster than my hand could move across the page…until my fingers would tingle and jolt, and I would stop. Those pages were filled quickly; spurred by the rawness of my … [Read more...]