Stop! Smell the Flowers

Smell the Flowers | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

I find Monday mornings heavy. I work on an inpatient intensive palliative care unit with 23 beds. Each morning we arrive to work, and have a team report, where we get an update on each person’s condition, including distressing physical and psychological symptoms. We are updated on the individuals who have died, and the ones that are being admitted. On Monday, having come off a two day break over the weekend, and into the intimate place of … [Read more...]

Spear Family Cooking: Mediterranean Seasoned Lamb

Mediterranean Lamb Rub | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

I want to share this recipe with you because it is so yummy. I hope you like it. The recipe is very easy to follow, and you can see the picture shows the chops rubbed and ready for the refrigerator. I cut the chops before cooking, and sometimes I cut them before rubbing. It depends on how much time I have when I prepare the rub. This photo shows them intact because I was on a lunch break, and I needed them rubbed and marinated for a couple … [Read more...]

Ecuadorian Funeral Customs

Santa Cruz Island Cemetery | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Theresa and I had the great fortune to travel Ecuador in January. While there, as with any place we travel, we looked into some of the local funeral customs and practices. What struck me most about Ecuador, especially the Galapagos Islands, was the similarity between what they are doing now and what we did in the United States in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Our first stop in Ecuador was the capital of Quito. This city of over 2.7 million … [Read more...]

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...]