Lost for Words

20 November 2020
Our new exhibition aims to encourage conversations around death

Lost for words is a moving new digital exhibition we’ve collaborated on with acclaimed photographer Rankin where we hope to tackle the taboo surrounding death.

The subject of death seems to be on our lips now more than ever, as we continue to live through a global pandemic. We are hearing numbers, statistics and data daily, but it’s the harsh reality of personal loss that weighs more heavily than any facts and figures ever can.

We believe everyone deserves to be informed and prepared for death – emotionally, practically and financially. Lost for Words aims to encourage a vital dialogue on bereavement. 

Thinking about death triggers an insight into grief for many people, and it’s understandable why many of us are reluctant to go there.

Shot by Rankin, the exhibition is made up of a series of photographs of people superimposed next to images of loved ones they have lost, bringing together the departed and those left behind. It also includes an interview series and short film discussing the importance of talking about death and planning for the inevitable.

These shared stories are a gentle way to start a sometimes difficult conversation and we encourage you to invite your clients to visit the exhibition. They’ll hear those who took part discuss their feelings on loss, what they learnt and how to deal with the practical and financial side of bereavement.  They share what they might do differently in the future as well as what they wouldn’t change for the world.

The exhibition shares the stories of a few familiar faces, including Gloria Hunniford, Konnie Huq and Jeff Brazier as well as members of the public including Nikki Dalgleish, a Mortgage & Protection Advisor at RSC New Homes.

Barry O’Dwyer, Group Chief Executive Officer of Royal London, said:

Thinking about death triggers an insight into grief for many people, and it’s understandable why many of us are reluctant to go there. But at Royal London, we see the massively helpful impact making financial plans can have on those who are left behind.

Advisers also have a vital part to play in encouraging their clients to put plans in place which can be the difference between a whole family coping financially or struggling for years.

You can view Lost for Words at lostforwords.royallondon.com

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The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. The firm is on the Financial Services Register, registration number 117672. It provides life assurance and pensions. Registered in England and Wales number 99064. Registered office: 55 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 0RL.