Undertaking Alternatives, Inc.

We`ll Cover You.


    My name is Melvina K. Ward. I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. At an early age I knew I was going to be a funeral director.


    I attended evening, weekend and summer classes to complete high school and receive my diploma, a year early, graduating from Northwest High school in May of 1992. Go Huskies!!


    I attended Omaha Opportunities Industrialization Center (OOIC) in the fall of 1992, to complete my Certified Nursing Assistant Certification (CNA). Upon completion, I began to work for Maple Crest Nursing Home until 1994. I learned to provide basic care to residents and patients.


    Saint Joseph’s Hospital for Mental Health took me on as a psychiatric Technician working with adolescents and adults in a residential mental health facility. I cared for patients whose illnesses made them disoriented, uncooperative, and/or violent. There I learned to be attentive.


    In the summer of 1999, I attended Joseph’s College of Cosmetology in Lincoln, Nebraska, obtaining my cosmetology license. I received many awards and acknowledgments upon graduating in 2001. I maintained my license until I relocated to Long Island, NY in the fall of 2007.


    Fall 2007, I attended Nassau Community College for Mortuary Science in Garden City, NY. I served as Treasurer during my last semester. During an annual bake sale, I requested a cart, so that we had access to all floors of the school. Because of that, we sold more than any year prior. I don’t believe it has been surpassed yet! Graduating in 2010 with a degree in Applied Science Mortuary Science.


    I worked during my final semester and completed my residency at Carl C. Burnett Funeral Home in Hempstead, NY. In 2012. Immediately after being licensed, I started my career at J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home, where I stayed until 2016.

    Undertaking Alternatives, Inc. was created in 2015. To better assist families, I wanted to enhance my professional embalming skills at Fountain National Academy in Springfield, Missouri. I became certified in Advanced Post Mortem Reconstructive Surgery in the summer of 2016.


    This is My calling. It is and has been a privilege to serve every family that I’ve assisted in their time of loss.

    We are here to serve you, we’ll cover you!


    Has your loved one passed away? Do you need assistance in figuring out what’s next?
    Undertaking Alternatives, Inc.
    Phone: (631) 413-9664
    Email: families@undertakingstaff.com



    We would like to hear from you.  Please fill out this form if you need temporary staffing alternatives, get in touch with us.
    Undertaking Alternatives, Inc.
    Phone: (631) 413-9664
    ​Email: coverage@undertakingstaff.com

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