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.

September Events

  • Memory Pillowcase
    Thursday, September 13, 2018 : 8:00 AM to Friday, September 13, 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.

October Events

  • Grief Support Meetings
    Tuesday, October 02, 2018 : 7:00 PM to Tuesday, January 22, 2019 : 7:00 PM

    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!

November Events

December Events

  • Live Nativity
    Friday, December 21, 2018 : 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Van Tassel Funeral Home will be partnering this year with Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green (147 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003) to present you with Live Nativity Story event. We will follow Mary and Joseph to the stable in Bethlehem to honor the birth of Jesus. The church campus (147 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003) will be transformed into the Judean hill country. There will be a tour followed Mary and Joseph to the stable in Bethlehem to adore the newborn king, Emmanuel, God-With-Us followed by caroling, refreshments and activities for children provided by the church.