QR Codes For Gravestones Help Loved Ones Share Memories, Pictures Online (VIDEO)

October 2, 2012
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They adorn billboards, T-shirts, business cards and now headstones?

Graveyards are becoming interactive with the addition of small Quick Response (QR) codes. Visitors can scan the codes with a smartphone and access memorial pages, obituaries and online photo albums of the deceased.

“It’s just great technology,” according to Lori Miller, a Philadelphia entrepreneur who is launching her own gravestone-specific QR code tagging company called Digital Legacys.

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QR codes are square, bar-code like 2-D images that turn URLs or text into a unique pixel design, which can be scanned instantly with the appropriate mobile software. Appropriated for benches, trees or cemetery gravestones, the codes enable visitors to gain access to a wealth of digital information.

Miller’s mother, Marilyn Elias, told NPR that she hopes the new, high-tech accessory will help loved ones remember the good times during visits and help the keep memories alive for the next generation.

“Now I feel that I come out, and I put my smartphone on, and I can look at my mom and say, ‘Mom, what were you thinking when you wore that hairdo years ago?’ ‘I remember when we bought that dress.’ I think you can better feel, and walk away feeling better – maybe even laughing, sometimes,” she said.

Stephen Nimmo, managing director of the funeral home Chester Pearce Associates in Poole, England, is hoping his British customers will feel the same way. Nimmo ispioneering the QR code technology in England, according to ABC News.

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