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
    Tuesday, January 1, 2019 : 12:00 AM to Tuesday, December 31, 2019 : 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.
  • Memory Pillowcase
    Tuesday, January 1, 2019 : 8:00 AM to Monday, December 30, 2019 : 8:00 AM
    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.

March Events

  • Pro-Life Flyer/Poster Art Contest Winners
    Sunday, March 17, 2019 to Tuesday, December 31, 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

June Events

  • Answers To A Child's Questions About Death
    Wednesday, June 19, 2019 to Tuesday, December 31, 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.

August Events

  • BHS Laundry Detergent Drive
    Friday, August 2, 2019 : 8:00 AM to Saturday, August 31, 2019 : 12:00 PM
    Through the month of August, the Van Tassel Funeral Home will be collecting laundry detergent for students at Bloomfield High School who do not have access to laundry facilities.  Please help us support this initiative at Bloomfield High School where students in need can do their laundry at school.  Donations of all detergent brands accepted.

September Events

  • Annual Pet Memorial Day
    Sunday, September 8, 2019 : 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.


  • Out of the Darkness Community Walk
    Saturday, September 14, 2019 : 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like you. Walk with us on September 14, 2019 (Brookdale Park) to fight suicide.

    When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

    Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

    https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=1907340&fbclid=IwAR1RxYsOAyIuNhfmGBJcT7ce6oJkI197cqW-x2f0xCDTqzeEEqDc7Vd9SPo