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
    Monday, January 01, 2018 : 12:00 AM to Sunday, December 30, 2018 : 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.

March Events

  • 2018 "Why I am Pro-Life" essay winners:
    Sunday, March 25, 2018 : 12:00 PM to Wednesday, April 25, 2018 : 12:00 PM

    We here at Van Tassel Funeral Home would like to say thank you to all "Why I am Pro-Life" essay entries and for all your hard work. The following winners are:

    1st Place - Nicole Lesiczka, St. Joseph School, Passaic, NJ
    2nd. Place - Alexandra Tutak, St. Joseph School, Passaic, NJ
    3rd. Place - Alianna Vasquez, St. Peter's School, Belleville, NJ, Makayla Kenny-Tramutola, The Good Shepherd Academy, Nutley, NJ

    Honorable Mentions:
    Breetzy Cuenca, St. Peter's School, Belleville, NJ,
    Tristan Cajuste, St. Peter's School, Belleville NJ,
    Gaby Churrango, St. Peter's School, Belleville, NJ,
    Laila Quinones, The Good Shephard Academy, Nutley, NJ,
    Jaylene Luciano, The Good Shepherd Academy, Nutley, NJ,
    Kacper Czarnecki, St. Joseph School, Passaic, NJ,
    Pawel Wojcik, St. Joseph School, Passaic, NJ,
    Daria Bruszewski, St. Joseph School, Passaic, NJ,
    Kathy Debiak, St. Joseph School, Passaic, NJ,
    Grace Suchocki, St. Joseph School, Passaic, NJ

June Events

  • Why You Need A Will- Q&A with Shana Siegel, Esq.
    Saturday, June 02, 2018 : 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

    Van Tassel Funeral Home invites you on June 2nd at 1:00 PM when Shana Siegel, Esq. of Wanderpolo & Siegel will answer questions from the audience about wills, how to make sure that you protect your loved ones and how to leave assets to the ones you want to receive them. It will be an interactive hour and everyone is invited to this free event.

    Shana Siegel is the principal of WanderPolo & Siegel. She is one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in Northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF). She focuses her practice on representing seniors, individuals with special needs and their families in connection with life care planning, estate planning, elder law and special needs law. Shana has been involved in health and long term care issues for over 25 years, with a New Jersey practice for almost 10 years.

    Shana’s experience includes probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianships, long-term-care advocacy, Medicare and health insurance appeals.

    Shana is immediate past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and during her tenure she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the elder law bar and their clients. In 2015 Shana became a member of NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP), an invitation-only group of elder and special needs planning practitioners. Shana has been accredited by the Veteran’s Administration to represent veterans and she was also a certified health care compliance specialist.

    Additionally, Shana is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, NJSBA Elder Law Section, Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, and Bergen and Essex County Bar Association. She earned her JD with honors from Georgetown University and her BA with honors from Barnard College.

    * Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the A.B.A approved National Elder Law Foundation
    ** Designated by NAELA

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September Events

  • 5th Annual Pet Memorial Day
    Sunday, September 09, 2018 : 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    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. Light refreshment. Guest speakers.