Susan Dolsky Arlen M.D.

Susan Dolsky Arlen, MD

AGE: 71 • Bridgewater

Susan Dolsky Arlen, MD, 71, died on Saturday, July 27, 2013 surrounded by those she loved. Born March 11, 1942 to Dr. Irving and Frieda Dolsky. She is survived by her beloved husband, Harold Arlen, MD in their 50th year of marriage. Also surviving are her two sons, Geoffrey C. Arlen and his wife, Lauren, and Bradley Arlen and his companion, Stacey Bussel; her brother, Richard Dolsky, MD and his wife, Laurie; Susan's beloved dog, Alfie; numerous family and friends whose live's she touched both personally and professionally.

Susan was a long-time resident of Bridgewater and spent her childhood years in Linden. She graduated from Linden High School in 1960 and received her BA in Psychology from Rutgers University in 1977. She graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic, where she received her MD Degree in 1985. Susan completed her residency at Robert Wood Johnson Rehabilitation Center and JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in 1988. Following her extensive education and medical training, Susan went on to hold the following positions: Medical Director of The Hospice at Somerset Medical Center; Medical Director, United Cerebral Palsy of New York State; Contributing Editor, Bereavement Magazine; and founder of Caregivers at Risk. Susan studied under the legendary death care pioneer, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, MD. Susan was a fellow at the American Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine and was a Certified Death Educator and Death Counselor.

In addition, Susan published hundreds of articles and contributed to books and presentations on bereavement and grief counseling. She also made professional appearances on Radio and TV including the Joan Rivers, Geraldo, and Sally Jesse Raphael Shows. Not only did she have an extensive and diverse professional background, but Susan took great joy in life outside of work. She was an avid world traveler, who loved the theater, and attending craft fairs. She took great pride in her family and loyal friends.

Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm at the Bongiovi Funeral Home, 416 Bell Avenue, Raritan, NJ 08869, (908-725-1887). Burial in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Gill Lane, Iselin, NJ. Shiva will be held at the Arlen residence. Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to St. Hubert's Animal Shelter or the Animal Welfare Organization of their choosing. Donations can also be made to the local Chapter of Haddassah.

"Forever In Our Hearts"

Funeral Home

Bongiovi Funeral Home - Raritan
416 Bell Avenue  Raritan, NJ 08869
(908) 725-1887

Published in Courier News from July 29 to July 30, 2013