Claire Turnham is internationally recognised as a leading Home Death Care Practitioner, Educator and Advisor. Since setting up her Only With Love – or OWL – practice in the UK in 2014 Claire has presented regularly at international conferences and been invited to teach gentle care of the body in hospices and communities around the world.
In 2016 Claire was awarded Runner Up Green Funeral Director of the Year and was Commended for her OWL Funeral Services at the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 UK Good Funeral Awards.
Claire is a founder member of the Home Funeral Network in the UK and AHFA, the newly formed Australian Home Funeral Alliance. Within Aotearoa New Zealand, she is currently consulting with regional communities, co-ordinating a national compassionate communities collective and co-developing training for the use of Manaaki Mats in homes and hospitals for use in stillbirth and beyond.
Claire feels intuitively that death and dying still belong with families, and is passionate about sharing her skills, knowledge and experiences to help others.
More recently Claire has been honoured by Amnesty International for her campaigning and advocacy work and awarded an MBE for her services to Consumer Rights. She now has her sights set on monopoly control of the funeral industry.
Claire nominated 'Hine E Hine' by Hayley Westenra as a song she would like played at her funeral or wake. Listen to the song in our 'Farewell songs' playlist