QR Codes For Headstones
Picture yourself in a graveyard, looking at all the various headstones. Do you ever imagine what those people were like, all of those faceless individuals, buried six feet under the ground you are walking on?
Each one of those people was a son, daughter, brother, sister, mother, father, an aunt or an uncle, a grandmother or grandfather. Many had lovers, colleagues, acquaintances, friends and enemies alike. And every one of them had his or her own life story, completely unique to them.
Now imagine you could tap into that life story with the touch of a button. Rather than a few words of an epitaph, etched into a tombstone, and invariably ending with the words "rest in peace", you could access a full obituary for each of those people in the graveyard. And all in digital form, through your mobile phone.
Some people might be horrified by that idea. Some people might think, " When I go, I want to ACTUALLY 'rest in peace!'". Others might think, "Fantastic - now I can live forever, as people stroll over to my gravestone to find out all about MEEEE!"
So if you want to live forever in a digital form, or want the memory of a family member preserved for all to see, Stephen Nimmo might have something just for you.
He is the Managing Director of the Chester Pearce Funeral Service in Dorset in the UK, and joins us from the BBC studio in Bournemouth to tell us all about using QR codes on headstones...
For more information about his company, visit www.qr-memories.com.
Feely Stones, based in Boyle, represent his product in Ireland. At the moment, the codes are just used for sculptors to identify themselves, but the product is available for people who want it.