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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...]

GIVE BACK Charity Profile: Quincy Public Library

Quincy Public Library Donation | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Ever since I was a kid I always loved the public library.  It is an awesome community resource that provides both education and entertainment to people of all ages for little to no cost.  While most of the library’s expenses are covered by tax dollars, extra programs are funded through private donations. As always, if you have a local charity you would like to suggest for our GIVE BACK Donation Program, please email Will Spear … [Read more...]

Questions to Ask Hospitals and Hospices

Questions to ask | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Caring for an ill loved one is one of life’s difficult tasks. There are so many decisions to make; it can seem impossible to know what’s best. One day he or she shows signs of improvement, and the next they are worse. Should you listen to their requests to go home or follow the doctor’s advice? Making the best decisions comes down to having as much information as possible. Here are some good questions to ask hospitals or hospice in order … [Read more...]

Spear Family Cooking: Brisket of Love BBQ Pulled Pork

Pork Roast in the Crock Pot | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

I always enjoy pulled pork and have made various recipes and experiments through the years.  I made a large roast using the Brisket of Love BBQ Seasoning that I get from the Spice House in Chicago, and it was a great success.   I'm glad I was smart enough to jot down a few notes so that I could make this again and share it with you.The Brisket of Love BBQ Seasoning is one of my favorites for pork, chicken, beef, eggs and vegetables.  It has a … [Read more...]

Spear Family Cooking: Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce

Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

There is something special about cooking with produce from our own garden.  I’m not sure if the food tastes better, if it’s the feeling of satisfaction and success at raising a crop to feed your family, or a combination of the two, but we sure do enjoy cooking with produce from our garden. On Monday night, Kristin and I made the Spear Family Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce with a few variations.  We used a variety of tomatoes from our garden … [Read more...]

GIVE BACK Charity Profile: QUEST Stables

QUEST Stables GIVE BACK Donation | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Hansen-Spear's GIVE BACK Donation for July has been awarded to QUEST Stables.  QUEST was nominated each month when the GIVE BACK program was an online contest, so we thought of this local charity when it came to awarding our donation this month. I had the opportunity to ask the staff and volunteers at QUEST to answer some questions to help us learn more about their mission and the services they provide for our community.   If you are … [Read more...]