Preferred Professionals Program

At Ross’ Shalom Chapels we try to make things as easy as possible for you, the members of our community. We have had to, mostly through our own experiences, deal with the loss of loved ones, make accommodations for the surviving spouse, and look at assisted living facilities and other arrangements, recommend grief counselors, experience grief counseling, and of course, Mark has probated numerous estates in his legal career. We are willing to make our experience, information and knowledge available to you.

LEGAL SERVICES

Law Offices Of Mark Samuel Ross: While Mark is our manager, he is also a licensed attorney in the states of New Jersey and New York. Before entering the funeral profession and for many years thereafter, Mark has maintained a private law practice where he concentrated on Wills, Trusts, and Estate, Estate Planning, Real Property and maintained a general practice with services to the funeral industry. Mark has agreed to provide client’s of Ross’ Shalom Chapels with services at a reduced fee or hourly rate. For more information you can contact him at his office, 415 Morris Avenue, Springfield, New Jersey 07081 (Phone: 973-921-9600).

GRIEF COUNSELING

Bradley After Care Program: We offer all those we serve a complementary 6 month membership in the Bradley Aftercare Program which includes newsletters, bi-weekly support groups and a bi-monthly lunch invitation. Those we serve should feel free to utilize these services if they wish.

Center For Life Transition and Scott Bradley

Scott W. Bradley, M.S.W., CT (Licensed Funeral Director, N.J. Lic. No.JP03894) established the Center for Life Transition in 1999 after receiving his Masters in Social Work from New York University. His vision from the start was to offer the highest quality bereavement support to individuals and families experiencing loss. As Mr. Bradley became more involved with the demands of running five funeral homes, he asked Paivi M. Outinen, RN, LCSW to join him at the Center in the fall of 2004. Today the Center offers a variety of services to children, adolescents, and adults. Mr. Bradley and Ms. Outinen run the free bi-weekly bereavement groups and both see individual patients. The Center for Life Transition is committed to delivering the highest quality professional services to meet the changing mental health needs of the community, including but not limited to bereavement support.

Scott W. Bradley, M.S.W., CT, CFSP is a practicing psychotherapist as well as owner and managing partner of Bradley & Son Funeral Homes, LLC. Mr. Bradley has been a licensed funeral director in New Jersey for 21 years and manages his five funeral homes serving 500 families a year in Morris County and Union County, New Jersey. Since receiving his M.S.W. from NYU in 1999, he has been treating patients with a full range of diagnoses from schizophrenia to general anxiety at various community mental healthcare centers and the Center for Life Transition located in Chatham, NJ. Mr. Bradley's unique combination of professions has helped many individuals and families cope with major life changes.

In 2003 Mr. Bradley completed his Certificate in Thanatology (CT): The Study of Death, Dying and Bereavement through the Association for Death Education and Counseling. He has continued his clinical training at the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis (ACAP) in Livingston, NJ. He also received his Basic Critical Incident Stress Management training in 2001, and Certificate in Aging from Boston University in 2007. He is a Certified RTS Counselor (RTS is a hospital based bereavement support program for families who had a child die at birth, or by miscarriage, stillbirth or ectopic pregnancy).

Mr. Bradley is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Association for Death Education and Counseling, National Funeral Directors Association, New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

D. David Panozzo*, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor
(*N.J.A.C. 13:36-5.15 (I) requires the following disclosure: David Panozzo is “unlicensed and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm or conduct a funeral.”)

When Torn From All That Was Secure

During times of change, many people are dissatisfied with life and feel cast adrift without any direction for the future. These are hard times, and being left to face them alone can be overwhelming. The Center for Life Transition professionals understand the struggles that individuals and families experience while coping with difficult life changes. Consultation, assessment, referrals, and individual/group counseling are available.

Support Groups

Sometimes it's most helpful to share thoughts and feelings about one's experience with others. Being connected with other people who have had similar experiences can be comforting. It is also a place that difficult issues can be dealt with in an environment of support and understanding. Contact us to inquire about upcoming groups for men, women, adolescents, and children.

Counseling

Many people prefer a more individualized experience than what a support group offers. The therapists at the Center for Life Transition will meet with client couples, individuals in one-on-one sessions, or with the entire family as a group. Children through older adults are seen. Therapeutic interventions and the length of treatment is based on each individual's or family group's goals.

Consultation and Assessment

Families and individuals find themselves at times confused about the options they have in seeking help for family unit or a struggling individual. The Center for Life Transition therapists can assist in the decision-making process concerning appropriate mental health care. Assessments for level of care are also available for employers, schools and other institutions that might need their workers or students evaluated.

Fees

The Center for Life Transition provides quality service at an affordable fee. Please contact us for more information and with questions concerning participation in managed care networks.

Location
The Center for Life Transition has two office locations. The main office is in Chatham Borough, New Jersey and the secondary office location is in Montville, NJ. Both office locations are welcoming, private and easily accessible. Ample parking is provided.

OTHER SERVICES

From time to time we will add other service providers to our program. Please feel free to call us with any questions or needs. We will be happy to assist you where we can.