Going Above and Beyond to Help You Heal

Simple Cremation of New Jersey recognizes that the bereavement experience is not simply confined to making funeral and cremation arrangements. We are committed to helping the New Jersey community fully their process their loved one’s passing through our bereavement support services. Our New Jersey funeral home partner, Bradley & Son Funeral Home has been offering bereavement support for decades and is staffed with experienced, compassionate and credentialed counselors to help you through the process. Through their Center for Life Transition (CFLT) program, Bradley & Son has gone the extra mile to help clients come to terms with the tragedy they’ve experienced.

About the Center for Life Transition Program

The Center for Life Transition (CFLT) was established in 1999 by Scott Bradley, MSW, CT, NCPsyA, with the goal of using innovative and caring treatment to “transform trauma into resilience.” The Center was to be a safe place for people to say everything they had experienced, relieve stress from a dramatically changed life, reduce isolation, and gain an understanding of one’s coping style to help foster positive choices. The Center has helped people through a variety of different types of trauma, including the death of a loved one, experienced a difficult divorce, been devastated by a job loss, are fighting cancer and other major life changes have benefited from the unique counseling services offered at CFLT. Free to join.

Free Bereavement Support Services Membership

After 10 years of offering assorted bereavement-related services to the families cared for at Bradley & Son Funeral Homes, the Center is proud to announce a free comprehensive bereavement support membership program sponsored by Bradley & Son Funeral Homes. The Center for Life Transition Bereavement Support Membership Program is open to all bereaved families whether or not they have been served by Bradley & Son Funeral Homes and Simple Cremation of NJ, and is free to join.

CFLT Bereavement Support Membership Program Membership Includes:

  • Bereavement Support Groups – The only free bi-weekly year around support groups led by nationally recognized bereavement experts in northern New Jersey
  • Follow-Ups – Periodic check-in phone calls or visits from our aftercare specialist
  • Luncheons – Our monthly Healing Hearts Bereavement Luncheons feature keynote speakers
  • Newsletters – Ten issues of Living Through Mourning, our bereavement support newsletter which contains informative articles written by our experts and helpful tips for mourning in good health
  • Mail/Email Updates – Updates on bereavement support news and events in your area, by mail or e-mail
  • Professional Resource Network – Access to a network of preferred business partners who we know and trust and can serve your legal, financial, and personal needs at this difficult time

The Guidance and Insights You Need to Heal

Sharing with others can be a helpful experience for those who are grieving and adjusting to life after the loss of a loved one. Our groups provide a safe environment where you can begin to understand and deal with your grief. Organized and facilitated by our staff of nationally recognized bereavement experts, the support groups are held year-round on a bi-weekly basis. Groups are typically limited to seven to individuals, which enables the group leader to maintain an intimate setting for open discussion during the 90-minute gathering. They are open to all adults and are free of charge.

We also recognize that many individuals are more comfortable talking through their circumstances in a one-on-one environment. We can help provide the way to a richer, more meaningful, satisfied life through our private counseling. Please call the Center for Life Transition at (973) 665-1782 for more detailed information.

Experienced and Dedicated Bereavement Support Staff

The Center for Life Transition is staffed with nationally renowned, highly experienced and thoroughly credentialed bereavement counselors and aftercare specialists. These professionals are the backbone of our services and have helped many of our clients in New Jersey.

Scott W. Bradley, M.S.W., CT, NCPsyA

Scott is a practicing psychotherapist as well as owner and managing partner of Bradley & Son Funeral Homes, LLC. His five funeral homes assist 600 families a year throughout Morris and Union Counties, New Jersey. Since receiving his M.S.W. from New York University in 1999, he has been assisting patients with a full range of diagnoses. Scott is certified through the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) as an expert in the field of death, dying, and bereavement. Mr. Bradley also attended the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis (ACAP) in Livingston, NJ and received his National Certificate in Applied Psychoanalysis in 2012.

Päivi M. Outinen, RN, LCSW (Pie-vee Ow-ti-nen)

Päivi is a psychotherapist with extensive clinical and management experience and a comprehensive postgraduate education. She works with couples, families, and individuals ranging in age from 4 years old to older adults. Ms. Outinen graduated with both a Master’s Degree and a Baccalaureate Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University, an Associate Degree in Nursing from County College of Morris, and a Certificate in Aging from the Boston University School of Social Work.

Mary Robinson, MA

Mary is the founder of Good Grief, Inc., a resource for grieving children and their families, which is based in Morristown, NJ. Building on the success of Good Grief, Mary founded Imagine: A Center for Coping With Loss, in Westfield in 2012. She joined the Center for Life Transition in 2011 as a bereavement support group leader. She is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and is currently working toward a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychoanalysis.

Susan V. Suarez

Susan is the Aftercare & Community Outreach Coordinator for both the funeral homes and the Center for Life Transition. A graduate from the Funeral Service Program at Mercer County Community College, Susan worked as an in-home caregiver before joining the staff at Bradley & Son Funeral Homes. She is currently working toward New Jersey licensure as a Funeral Director while coordinating the Aftercare services offered by Bradley & Son Funeral Homes and the Center for Life Transition.

For more information on the Center for Life Transition’s bereavement support services in NJ, call (973) 665-1782 or simply call Simple Cremation of New Jersey at (973) 908-6023.

For more information, call: (973) 908-6023