QR codes used on gravestones

We’ve seen barcodes on trees, barcodes on town signs and even barcodes on cows, but barcodes on gravestones?

A funeral director from Poole in Dorset has started to attach QR codes to gravestones to allow visitors or family members to find out more about the person laid to rest.

The QR code can be scanned by a smartphone and the website to which the user is directed contains a biography of the deceased.

Those who have password access on the site can then add photos or videos of the person and can also leave dedications to their loved one. The idea was hatched so that visitors can learn more about the deceased instead of just their name and the date they died.

The managing director of Chester Pearce which is the first funeral director in the UK to use QR codes on gravestones is Stephen Nimmo, he said:

“I thought we could use technology to provide more information about people who have died to bring back the memories.

“People can make their websites as simple or as complicated as they like and add as much or as little information as they want.

“They will be able to use a photo gallery, upload video, and constantly update a page.

“I am a very traditional funeral director but using this technology is a positive way to help remember people. People often wander around cemeteries and look at gravestones and wonder who that person was. By using the QR codes they can find out.”

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