With the global Covid-19 pandemic dominating the news headlines and affecting our daily lives, death has never been so prominent in our minds. But, even when we know it’s time to talk about it, having these necessary conversations can be a struggle. Royal London believes everyone deserves to be informed, prepared and financially able to die well. To help people and their loved ones prepare for death, we need to get comfortable discussing mortality and grief.

Despite being an experience that every one of us will face, death is still among the last taboos to be broken – Royal London research shows that around 82% of the people in the UK feel that we should talk more openly about it. Not doing so can have a real impact on the people we leave behind.

The cost of funerals can put loved ones in debt. Not knowing simple and practical information creates stress for relatives attempting to close bank accounts or close social media profiles without the required passwords. Unnecessary distress can be avoided by talking about your end-of-life plans with your family and friends, planning in advance and talking to experts like financial and funeral advisers who can help to get your wishes in order.

That’s why Royal London has launched Lost for Words, a digital exhibition in collaboration with acclaimed portrait and fashion photographer, Rankin. Featuring a series of original photographic portraits with projected images of loved ones lost, Lost for Words brings together images of those who’ve died with the people left behind. The exhibition also includes an interview series and a short film discussing the importance of talking about death.

Lost for Words features Gloria Hunniford, Ashley Walters, Konnie Huq, Malin Andersson, Divina De Campo, John Stapleton, Jeff Brazier and others, who have joined the campaign to remind us that everyone, no matter who you are, will benefit from talking about death.

The exhibition features Rankin’s conversations with a number of people about their experiences, some who’ve faced bereavement very recently during the Covid-19 pandemic. They reflect on their feelings around loss, what they’ve learnt from the process and how to deal with the practical and financial side of death. They also share what they might do differently in the future, as well as what they wouldn’t change for the world.


Registration is free and will need to be completed to view all elements of the exhibiton, including the short films. Once you’ve registered, you’ll be sent more information about how you can get involved in our upcoming events, which feature some of the people in the online exhibition.

Register now