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    • Preparation program for children
      Monday, January 1, 2018

      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

    • Memory Pillowcase
      Thursday, September 13, 2018

      We are happy to offer a MEMORY PILLOWCASE made from the shirt of a loved one who has passed away. It makes a beautiful and thoughtful gift. If you are interested please call the funeral home 973-743-1234. Read more

    • Grief Support Meetings
      Tuesday, October 2, 2018

      Van Tassel Bereavement Ministry invites you to our Grief Support meetings being held at the funeral home conference room, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Sessions are free. The purpose of our ministry is to be sure that nobody grieves alone and through support the pain of a loved one may be eased. We welcome the bereaved of all faiths who request our support. We are here to provide compassion to all who are brokenhearted. Our group meetings provide opportunity for mutual healing in a confidential, education and spiritual environment. 8 week small group sequence for the bereaved will be held on Tuesdays: October 2 October 16 November 6 November 20 December 4 December 18 January 8 January 22 All are welcome! Read more

    • Operation Christmas Child Drop Off Location
      Monday, November 12, 2018

      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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    • Who We Are

      We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life.

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    • Children's Grief

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

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    • Plan Ahead

      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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