Sep. 5, 2012 at 1:01 PM ET
Graveyards are going high-tech. A British funeral home has launched a company that places QR codes on tombstones. When scanned with a smart phone, the code launches a web page full of pictures and biographical information about the deceased.
The innovation is a logical progression in the digital age. Families often build web pages on social media websites for the departed where visitors can share memories and well wishes. Now, anyone visiting a graveyard with a computer in their pocket can learn about the lives of those buried there.
“To be able to scan a code and read about the people buried there immediately will bring memorials to life,” Stephen Nimmo, managing director of QR Memories, a subsidiary of funeral director Chester Pearce Associates in the United Kingdom, said in a news release.
“Suddenly a simple plot in the ground with a stone on it reveals so much more.”
Each QR Code is about 1.5 inches square and generally cut into granite or metal. They can be placed on a tombstone, bench, or other location to memorialize the departed.
The websites are updatable and interactive, allowing anyone with a password to add photos and information, such as the birth of a grandchild.
The codes cost up to about $475, depending on materials and how they are applied to the tombstone or other memorial. An additional $150 buys unlimited hosting, administration and set up of the website, the Daily Telegraph reports.
The family of Timothy Tuttiet from Oakdale is among the first to use the service. On his website, visitors learn about his life, career as a butcher and, later, an operations manager at an airport.
He died suddenly from heart failure in November 2011 at age 55.
“Thriving on every opportunity that came his way, Tim lived life to the full, enjoying many different sports activities. A totally devoted family man, he will be greatly missed by his family and many friends,” the website reads.
“So sad that it had to end so soon.”
– via Daily Telegraph