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.

February Events

  • 3rd Annual “Why I am pro-life” Essay Contest “Be a Voice for the Voiceless”
    Sunday, February 18, 2018 : 12:00 AM to Sunday, March 18, 2018 : 12:00 AM

    3rd Annual “Why I am pro-life” Essay Contest “Be a Voice for the Voiceless”
    Write a pro-life essay to win cash prize
    First Place $100
    Second Place $50
    Third Place $25

    • Essay should be submitted between February 18 – March 18, 2018
    • Essay shall be:
    300-500 words in length for grades 7-9
    500-750 words in length for grades 10-12
    • Essays must be double spaced and pages numbered
    • If typed, the font size no less than 12 pt
    • Essay must include a cover page with name, address, phone number, parent’s phone number, grade and word count.
    • By submitting an entry the contestant and parent agree:
    A. to allow us to reprint the essays
    B. that the essay is original, but not copyrighted.
    • Cite any sources used.

    Submit by March 18, 2018 by email to vantasselfuneralhome@gmail.com put in subject line “2018 Essay Contest” or mail to Van Tassel Funeral Home, 337 Belleville Ave, Bloomfield, NJ 07003

    Winners will be announced on March 25, 2018, the Day of Unborn Child.

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.