I'm woking on a concept for a character in an upcoming DnD game, and I'm hoping some of you can help me out. What I'm looking to create is a character obsessed with death - a thanatologist, essentially. Not at all a bad person, some her ideas would more than likely not at all be socially acceptable. The inspiration came from the Dustmen in the highly underrated "Planescape: Torment" game: magical morticians, if you may. I want her to have magical abilities, without actually being a stereotypical "evil life-hating necromancer" that is so often portrayed when dealing with Death and Undeath.
Currently, what I'm seeing as the best class progression is the Cloistered Cleric variant in Unearthed Arcana, but without a specific deity, as I just don't see her worshipping any god enough to actually draw power from them.