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    • Preparation program for children
      Sunday, January 1, 2017

      We are pleased to offer a formal preparation program for children and adolescents to help them understand what happens at a viewing or funeral service. This program, run by a certified child life specialist Angie Koeneker, MS, CCLS, uses material prepared specifically for our funeral home as well as a site tour and expressive activities to help children understand what to expect. During this time, there is ample opportunity to address questions, concerns and misconceptions of the children and adolescents. A preparation can be done days or even hours in advance of a service. Help for children attending a viewing or funeral service We are here for any children or adolescents that may attend a viewing or funeral service. A certified child life specialist is available during the viewing or service to help children throughout your time at the funeral home. Children and adolescents are given the opportunity to participate in expressive activities to say goodbye to their loved ones. Activities are made available in an adjacent room where children have the opportunity to take a break when needed. To many families, this service has given their children the opportunity to participate in a viewing or service that was meaningful to them. Activities include special artwork to be included in the casket or used during the service, memory collages, creating flowers and hearts with messages for their loved ones, and more. Children's Grief The Van Tassel Funeral Home recognizes the needs of children and adolescents are different than those of adults. We are pleased to offer a variety of programming that addresses these unique needs. Please speak with us about how we can best help you and your family. Read more

    • 2nd Annual “Why I am pro-life” Essay Contest “Be a Voice for the Voiceless”
      Saturday, March 25, 2017

      Congratulations to our 2nd Annual “Why I am Pro-Life” Essay Contest winners: First Place $100 – Ewelina Krawiec, Sunday School, St. Joseph School, Passaic, NJ Second Place $50 – Izabela Zon, Sunday School, St. Joseph School, Passaic, NJ Third Place $25 – Elijah Sirilan, Edison, NJ Honorable mention: Wiktoria Kwasnik Read more

    • NY Life Insurance Seminar
      Saturday, April 1, 2017

      "Leave the legacy NOT the bills". We invite you to NY Life Insurance Seminar hosted by Joseph Subia. He will explain how to protect your family for as little as $20 a month. Read more

    • 2nd Annual European Egg Decoration Class
      Saturday, April 8, 2017

      There are many ways of healing and the purpose of this class is to provide you with a new healing opportunity. We invite you to join us and learn a European wax egg painting technique by Aneta Pierog – Sudol. Aneta was born in Poland. She spent most of her life in Jablonka, the capital of the Orava region, Poland. She has been living in the United States since 2002. Aneta studied at the Art Institute of the Pedagogical University in Cracow where she majored in photography and painting. She graduated with a Master`s degree in art education in 1999. Her work focuses on land structures, architecture patterns, landscapes, and rhythm in nature. Aneta participated in numerous group photo exhibitions in Poland and in United States, as well as five individual photo exhibitions: the 2002 “Jablonka - Homes, Trees, Panoramas..." at the Orava Ethnographic Park Museum in Poland, the 2001 “Colors of Orava" at the Orava Cultural Center Gallery in Poland, the 2013 “American Sites” at the Orava Cultural Center Gallery in Poland, the 2014 “Places” at Starbucks, Brooklyn, NY, and the 2014 “ Texture, Structure and Pattern” at The Skulski Art Gallery (The Polish Cultural Foundation), Clark, NJ. Aneta has been a member of the Polish-American Photographic Club since 2005. She is the owner of Rustic Square LLC – Art, Design & Photography Studio. Please RSVP by April 1 by calling 973-743-1234. Limited seating. Please bring white hardboiled eggs. Event is free of charge. Donation to the artist will be appreciated. Read more

    • 4th Annual Pet Memorial Day
      Sunday, September 10, 2017

      Always on a second Sunday of September Van Tassel Funeral Home celebrates National Pet Memorial Day. Pets are a part of our family and we want to assist you in expressing love, accepting their grief and remembering these family members in a meaningful way. Please join us to celebrate and honor our pets by painting a rock with their name that will become a permanent part of our garden. Please bring the picture of your pet. Guest speakers. Light refreshment. Read more

    • Operation Christmas Child Drop Off Location
      Monday, November 13, 2017

      We are your Operation Christmas Child drop off location during National Collection Week. Helpful tips how to pack a shoebox https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/ Read more

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      We recognize that children and adolescents have special needs when it comes to understanding death and dying.

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      Pre-planning your funeral should be a natural part of life, because it provides you with time to make end-of-life decisions.

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