We feel strongly about supporting you through the bereavement process. The Center for Life Transition (CFLT) was established in 1999 by Scott W. Bradley, MSW, CT, NCPsyA with the goal of using innovative and caring treatment to “transform trauma in to resilience.” The Center was to be a safe place for people to say everything they have experienced, relieve stress from a dramatically changed life, reduce isolation, and gain an understanding of one’s coping style to help foster positive choices.
People who have suffered the death of a loved one, experienced a difficult divorce, been devastated by a job loss, begun fighting cancer, or faced other major life changes have benefited from the unique counseling services offered at CFLT.
After 10 years of offering assorted bereavement related services to the families cared for by Bradley & Son Funeral Homes, CFLT is proud to announce a free, comprehensive, bereavement support membership program sponsored by Bradley & Son Funeral Homes.
Center for Life Transition Bereavement Support Membership Program is free to join and is open to all bereaved families, whether or not they have been served by Bradley & Son Funeral Homes.
The caring does not end when the funeral is over. For most, it is only just beginning as they search for meaning and try to adjust to life without their loved one. The Center for Life Transition (CFLT), as part of Bradley & Son Funeral Homes, has created a safe and caring place to help you, your family and friends transition through your loss with support and understanding.
We are sensitive to the unique journey each mourner will undergo after the loss of a loved one. Based on our caring experience with thousands of bereaved families, our wide range of support services allows us to assist you at every stage of your journey.
CFLT Bereavement Support Membership Program Membership Includes:
- Bereavement Support Groups: The only free, bi-weekly, year-round support groups led by nationally recognized bereavement experts in Northern New Jersey
- Home Visits: Periodic "check-in" phone calls and visits from our Aftercare Specialist
- Volunteer Opportunities: There are so many creative ways to give back and support other adults who have suffered a loss. Our volunteer program is in integral component of our bereavement services.
- 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 News: Updates on bereavement support news and events in your area, by mail or email
- Death Cafés: CFLT is a registered host and sponsor of Death Cafés, held seasonally in both Morris and Union Counties. The Death Café is growing internationally as a popular platform for discussing all things related to death and dying.
- 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
Sometimes it's helpful to share thoughts and feelings about our experiences with others. Being connected with other people who have had similar experiences can be comforting. Support groups are also a place where difficult issues can be dealt with in an environment of caring and understanding. We offer free bereavement support groups that are open to adults who have lost a loved one. Facilitated by professionally trained grief and bereavement experts, our groups provide members with an opportunity to share their experiences in a caring setting.
Many people prefer a more individualized experience instead of or in addition to what a support group can provide. The therapists at CFLT will meet with couples, individuals, or several members of the same family to assist them through their bereavement process. Children and adults of all ages are welcome. Our professionals work with you and your family to tailor a treatment program that meets your unique needs and goals.
Volunteers are a highly valued part of the grief encounter and we will not be able to achieve our goal without the dedicated support of volunteers. At some point in your grief journey, you may feel you would like to do something productive and meaningful. As one who truly understands the grieving process, you may be ready to reach out to others who are grieving. You may have a great deal to share with others who are suffering; you can identify with their struggles, empathize with their sorrows, and offer valuable direction and support. Giving of yourself as a volunteer enables you to pursue personal interests, learn new skills, and make a positive difference in your community.
The types of activities our volunteers currently assist with are facilitating one-on-one listening visits, supporting social groups, administrative work, and marketing initiatives. There are so many creative ways to offer support and we look forward to helping each volunteer utilize their unique talents to help others on their journey.
The timing of becoming a volunteer is crucial, and it is important that after losing a loved one you take time to grieve yourself. For this reason we ask that you wait at least one year following your loss to begin volunteering with us. If you are able to donate 2-3 hours of your time per month and can attend our training program (one and a half days long), please contact us. We so look forward to hearing from you.
We are pleased to introduce our staff of nationally recognized bereavement experts and Aftercare professionals:
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 in Morris and Union Counties, New Jersey. Since receiving his Master's in Social Work 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. Continuing his postgraduate professional education, Scott attends the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis (ACAP) in Livingston, NJ and received his Certificate in 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. Päivi 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, CT
Mary is the Founder of Good Grief in Morristown and the Founder and Executive Director of Imagine: A Center for Coping With Loss, located in Westfield, NJ. Imagine is a year-round grief support center for grieving children, families and adults. She joined the Center for Life Transition in 2011 as a bereavement support group leader. She has a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychoanalysis, is a Certified Thanatologist and a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and the National Alliance for Grieving Children.
Doreen Hall, RN, DN, BA (Hons)
Doreen is the Aftercare Coordinator of the Center for Life Transition support program. Doreen graduated from Teeside University in Teeside, UK, with a BA (Hons) degree in Palliative Care and Loss and Grief. She has spent the last 20 years working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, as a Palliative Care, Loss and Grief Counselor, and lecturer. Doreen set up a Bereavement Support Service in North East England to provide bereavement support to families who lost their loved ones through cancer. Doreen has supported thousands of families over the years from diagnosis with a life-limiting illness, through the dying stages, and into bereavement.
We are always seeking compassionate listeners who are interested in volunteering their time to help grieving adults. For more information on our volunteer program or any of the services offered by the Center for Life Transition, please call Doreen Hall at (973) 665-1782, ext. 3 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.