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    • Preparation program for children
      Friday, January 1, 2021

      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

    • Include Me Too
      Friday, January 1, 2021

      Include Me Too is a non profit organization providing support services for children attending funerals or visitations free of charge.  A certified child life specialist is available to help children understand what to expect at a funeral or visitation, and to provide developmental support to children ages 3-18 years old to assist them in saying goodbye. Read more

    • 6th Annual “Why I am Pro-Life” Essay Contest “Be a Voice for the Voiceless”
      Sunday, February 21, 2021

      6th 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 $25 300-500 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 Essay should be submitted between February 22, 2021 – March 20, 2021 Essay shall be: 200-400 words in length for grades 4-6 B. that the essay is original, but not copyrighted.  Cite any sources used. Submit by March 20, 2021 by email to [email protected] put in subject line “2020 Essay Contest” or mail to Van Tassel Funeral Home, 337 Belleville Ave, Bloomfield, NJ 07003 Winners will be announced on March 25, 2021, The International Day of the Unborn Child. If you have any questions, please contact me at 973-743-1234. Sincerely, Izabela Van Tassel 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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