Friends Give Support | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

I was struck by something so simple, and so obvious the other day, I hadn’t actually consciously noticed it before. Of course, I had felt it before, but hadn’t made it a rule, hadn’t spoken the words: Make sure your support people feel supportive. I had been reflecting on the people that crossed my broken hearted path, and recognized that some had the potential to lift me up, and some had the potential to knock me down. Some could … [Read more...]


croutons | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

I am making croutons for a party we are giving this weekend. This recipe is made with gluten free bread and is very tasty. The biggest problem I seem to have is keeping enough for salad since we and our company seem to enjoy just snacking on them. I have included pictures of the bread package so you know what it looks like on the shelf of the grocery store. For those who have friends who are afraid to try gluten free food, don’t tell them. … [Read more...]

Who do I want to share my life with now?

Friends | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Dear Friends: A number of friends I have made over the past years here in Quincy said that after their parents died they looked around at their social circle and concluded that life was too short to squander it on people who were not "best friend" material. Prior to their parents' death, their friendships resembled dating - having a full dance card, as it were. But once their parents were gone, these respondents became much more particular in … [Read more...]

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...]