LIVING Proof: A Survivor’s Story

PINK RIBBON | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, IIllinois

I am LIVING proof that self-breast exams can save lives. At the age of 33, it would have been at least 7 more years before I would have had my first mammogram. I stress over thinking about what might have happened during those 7 years had I not have found my lump when I did.  I see my physician for regular yearly exams, but from one year’s appointment to the next, I had not only developed a noticeable lump, but the cancer had already spread to … [Read more...]

Living Losses

Lifting | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Since the beginning of August, the lives of my friends and family have been sprinkled with losses, changes and transitions, both wanted an unwanted. Relationships have ended. Separations and divorces have necessitated relocation into new homes and cities, for families and new schools, new teachers and new bus routes for the kids. There have been health scares and sick leaves. Retirements and new career ventures. Doors opening and closing. … [Read more...]

Finding the True Legacy Left Behind

Billy Graham Quote | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Psalm 25: v. 16 in these holy words from psalm 25, we continue to hear and grieve and at the same time be aware of the love and the grace God has for each us as we walk this sacred journey feeling lonely and afflicted. Only God can heal our broken hearts. In that healing we see holy light that can move us on our way and to live with loss. So what is the purpose of this missive? … [Read more...]

The Lone Wolf

Wolf Pack | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. - Jane Howard   Everyone needs a tribe, a pack.   I ran into a friend on a long, slow, meandering dog walk, the kind that take two or more hours. He was sharing with me that he has been going to counseling to work on himself, and one of the topics of discovery has been his sense of belonging. He said we are … [Read more...]

Spear Family Cooking: Jeff’s Spring Pasta and Kale

Jeffs Spring Pasta and Kale

I came across a recipe in Pathfinder magazine that looked like a nice, refreshing and easy Spring pasta dinner. I made a few changes (more bacon and garlic, of course, and Feta cheese) from the original that I think enhanced the overall flavor combinations. Total time from start of prep to finish was less than an hour, so it’s a nice meal without taking a huge amount of time if you get stuck working late.   Jeff's Spring Pasta and … [Read more...]

How has your loved one claimed you?

Heart Hands | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Hello readers and may God bring you his peace and joy! I was reading James Ellroy's, essay called "The Haunting", published in an August 2009 issue of Newsweek magazine. I'd like you to rest with his words, spending some quality time bearing in mind if they hold any truth for you in relation to your grief experience. "The dead claim the living and extend the process through the imposition of grief. It is the juncture of powerlessness and … [Read more...]