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    • Preparation program for children
      Tuesday, January 1, 2019

      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
      Tuesday, January 1, 2019

      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

    • Pro-Life Flyer/Poster Art Contest Winners
      Sunday, March 17, 2019

      2019 Winners 1st. Place - Jolie Reyes – Good Shephard Academy, Nutley 2n. Place – Breetzy Cuenca – St. Peter School, Belleville 3rd. Place - Emily Santos - Good Shephard Academy, Nutley Honorable Mention Sara Tan - Good Shephard Academy, Nutley Jasmine Mata - Good Shephard Academy, Nutley James Nugent - Good Shephard Academy, Nutley Robert Alessio - Good Shephard Academy, Nutley Alianna Vasquez - St. Peter School, Belleville Ashley Diaz - St. Peter School, Belleville Pro-Life Flyer/Poster Art Contest “Be a Voice for the Voiceless” Create a pro-life art poster to win cash prize : First Place $100 Second Place $50 Third Place $25 Dear Teachers and Parents, Our 4th annual Pro-Life contest is underway. The Art Poster Contest is open to students in grades 5-12. We are hoping you will encourage your children to participate. The students always seem to be enthusiastic about the contest. Below you will find some helpful information concerning the contest: Art must be compelling, original and not copyrighted, and convey the pro-life message in a convincing way. Art size 8x11 or 16x22 The contest will run from February 8, 2019 – March 8, 2019 Winners will be announced on March 10, 2019 Cash prizes will be awarded to the first place $100, second place $50, third place $25 Posters can be mailed or dropped at Van Tassel Funeral Home, 337 Belleville Ave, Bloomfield, NJ 07003 Students in grades 5 – 12 may choose to do a poster (flat art). Student’s name, school, teacher and grade, parent name and phone number should appear on the BACK of the art. By submitting an entry the contestant and parent agree to allow us to use the art posters at our discretion in helping to raise pro-life awareness and promoting a culture of life. If you have any questions, please contact us at 973-743-1234. Blessings, Izabela Van Tassel Read more

    • Answers To A Child's Questions About Death
      Wednesday, June 19, 2019

      We would like to offer you a free booklet to help young children cope in healthy ways with the shock of loved one's death. Read more


    Pre-Planning & Bereavement Guide

    With topics ranging from grief, making arrangements, legal considerations, support services, and funeral arrangements, our comprehensive guide is available for free online.
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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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