What's Happening?

Van Tassel Funeral Home is pleased to offer a wide variety of both on-going and seasonal events. We invite you to return often to see what’s coming up on our calendar. If you’d like to keep up-to-date, we invite you to visit our social media pages.

January Events

  • Preparation program for children
    Sunday, January 01, 2017 : 12:00 AM to Sunday, December 31, 2017 : 12:00 AM

    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.

December Events

  • Chopin at the Mansion
    Sunday, December 03, 2017 : 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    We invite you to concert “Chopin at the Mansion” at Oakeside Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave, Bloomfield, NJ 07003. Zuzanna Ducka - soprano and Tomasz Halat - piano present an afternoon of Frederic Chopin music at 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 3. Guest will hear beautiful Chopin songs performed both in Polish and English. Zuzanna Ducka graduated from The Music Academy of Lodz, Poland with a degree in Vocal Arts. During and after her studies, Zuzanna took part in many opera, musical and concert performances. As a member of „Opera Polska“—Polish Opera Theater, Zuzanna took part in several tournees around Europe, performing on many of the greatest stages in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Recently Zuzanna has been working also as solo soprano singer for churches throughout the New Jersey and New York area. For several years she had been working as voice teacher. Tomasz Halat - pianist, organist and composer. He graduated Musical Art at the Department of Art Education at Swietokrzyska Academy of Jan Kochanowski in Kielce and Archdioceses Organist School in Cracow. He works as organist and Music Director in Saint Hedwig Roman Catholic Church in Trenton, NJ and as a piano teacher and performer in NJ and NY area. Cost is $10 per person and includes light refreshments. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

  • Live Nativity Story
    Friday, December 15, 2017 : 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Van Tassel Funeral Home will be partnering this year with Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green (147 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003) to present you with Live Nativity Story event. We will follow Mary and Joseph to the stable in Bethlehem to honor the birth of Jesus. The church campus (147 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003) will be transformed into the Judean hill country. There will be 3 tours followed Mary and Joseph to the stable in Bethlehem to adore the newborn king, Emmanuel, God-With-Us followed by refreshments and a “self serve” station with Christmas coloring book pages and crayons coloring activities for children provided by the church.

  • Memory and Healing at the Holidays
    Saturday, December 16, 2017 : 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    This time of year can be filled with joy and wonderful memories - and lots of family stress. What can or should we do when the losses that we experience overshadow our gatherings?
    How do we manage the tension?
    Do we talk about a beloved (or challenging) deceased relative? What about family conflicts?
    Our resident Grief Coach, Claire M. Schwartz of Miriam's Well Healing in Montclair invites you to our seminar to answer these sensitive questions and share some solutions and compassion. Make your celebrations easier this year!

    Claire will also be signing her wonderful book Putting Out the Fire; Nurturing Mind, Body & Spirit in the First Week of Loss and Beyond. It our funeral home's best resource for grieving families, and one that I have personally endorsed.