SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – In most Western and Westernized cultures, we avoid the reality of death because it makes us uncomfortable. Even those who celebrate death as a release to a paradisiacal realm avoid talking about or facing the death experience, unless it’s through the lens of their religious beliefs. The rest of us tap dance around the subject, enjoying death-related fiction involving vampires, zombies, and serial killers, while we recoil in mind-numbing horror at the thought of being in the same room with a corpse. Chelsea Tolman is a funeral director, mortician, and embalmer with over 15 years experience. In her book, Speaking Of The Dead, she provides the balm that allows readers to engage in the real world of death’s circumstances in a way that will leave them begging for more.

Speaking Of The Dead delivers an even-keeled narrative, free of bias for or against the funeral industry, which provides the reader with an opportunity to understand the world of funeral directors to those who are curious or rekindle other death professionals’ passions for their vocation. Ms. Tolman has documented a number of her experiences in this unusual industry, from the surprising revelations, to dealing with unspeakable situations, to her struggle to be taken seriously in a male-dominated profession.  Her passion for this work is evident in her writing, which will keep you addicted from the first word to the last.

Brian Waters, a funeral industry expert and co-host of “Undertaking: The Podcast” reviewed Speaking Of The Dead and exclaimed, “The book is great!  I think this actually gives us a good tool as funeral directors to recommend to the outside public because we sometimes have trouble sharing what we do. … I can’t recommend it enough people!  It’s really, really good!”

For more information, to arrange an interview, or request a signed copy, please contact Chelsea directly at 801-702-9202, email her at [email protected], visit her website at, or follow her on social media at,, or

Chelsea owns her own company in Salt Lake City, Utah. Tolman Trade Services, a mortuary support company.

Speaking Of The Dead may be ordered from ISBN 978-1-7329484-1-9