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Is That a QR Code on Your Tombstone?

QR codes are making their way onto everything, but there’s one place I never expected to see one – a headstone in a graveyard. Believe it or not, the service is available in the US and UK.

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QR codes are a groovy way to learn more about an item or to easily access a website. QR Codes have been showing up in all sorts of places…they’ve even made their way to bananas, but I would have never expected them to get to cemeteries.

BBC News reports that a funeral home director in Dorset, England has decided to offer his customers the possibility to put a QR code on the headstone of their loved ones.

Scanning the code will get you to a website where you can find out more about the deceased, and one one family has already used it!

The funeral director stole the idea from the US, where the service has been available for a while now. The fee for a QR code on a grave is 95GBP or roughtly $150/

I’ve looked it up and found this company in Utah (image comes from the same website), that will do everything from making the QR plaque itself to offering various options, like having the code direct the user to various memorial website, or creating one with a custom URL on the company’s website.

While this may seem strange, it actually makes a lot of sense to use this technology. Visitors to your burial site could scan the code and get a video message from you from “beyond the grave”.

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6 Responses to Is That a QR Code on Your Tombstone?

  1. Steve Krause September 8, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Some might be freaked out by this but I think it’s great. Scan the code and be sent to a website where you can leave a comment and pay respects online. Great idea and if done right, it could be respectful as well.

    • Sam September 10, 2012 at 8:19 am #

      I completely agree. This is a great idea. It would be a great tool for schools to use in the future especially history classes.

      • Bogdan Bele September 10, 2012 at 11:57 am #

        Well, all the kids have smartphones from a young age anyway. So they might as well do something useful with them :)

      • Steve Krause September 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

        Research at historic sites… I love it. Great idea even for landmarks as well. i like it!

  2. Daniel September 8, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Very great …… Daniel

    • Steve Krause September 9, 2012 at 10:30 am #

      So you like it? Would you buy or build a site for your or a family members tombstone?

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