About The Précis

Who are we?

Claire O’Brien offers her obituary clients a deep sensitivity honed from her experience working with the deceased’s family, alongside her award-winning writing skills, to create enduring tributes to past loved ones.


After 15 years as a forensic expert, Claire hung up her crime scene gear to write. Soon she was leading the copywriting team at a major travel brand. But when her writing explored her previous career’s experience of witnessing the deaths of strangers, she truly found her voice. Her essay writing has received many awards, including a Pushcart Prize nomination, first place in the ASJA’s Annual Writing Awards, and the grand prize winner of the Hippocampus Contest for Creative Nonfiction.

Claire held positions with the International Commission on Missing Persons, Smithsonian Institution, Charles County Sheriff’s Office, and Maryland’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner, among others. Daily, this work brought Claire into contact with the deceased and those left behind. As a result, she’s highly in tune with the emotional difficulties faced by families during these times. Claire is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction writing and holds several graduate degrees in forensic science and criminal justice.

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The Précis was created 15 years ago by Katharine Blossom Lowrie, a journalist whose credentials range from the LA Times to Palm Springs Life. Chosen from hundreds of candidates, Claire took over The Précis when Katharine left to concentrate on her fiction-writing career.


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