Interactive Codes On English Gravestones Access Online Memorial Profiles

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File photo of headstones in a cemetery. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of headstones in a cemetery. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A company in the English town of Poole is creating technology that will allow smart phone users visiting the resting places of their loved ones to learn more about their lives than what is simply stated in their epitaph.

Funeral directors at Chester Pearce are offering to install quick response codes, known in short as QR codes, on gravestones that will lead smart phones to online memorials that can include pictures, videos and written contributions by family and friends who knew the deceased best.

Stephen Nimmo, managing director of Chester Pearce, told Reuters that the aim is to preserve memories.

“When you lose somebody, whether it be suddenly or ongoing, you can really struggle with things,” he explained to Reuters. “Talking about them is very important, keeping their memory going is very important and this is just an add-on to that.”

QR codes have been used traditionally in advertising and packaging, to link potential customers to a business’ website or allow smart phone users to essentially have a bar code reader constantly at the ready.

Nimmo told Reuters that he has seen a spike in interest as news of their existence grows.

“It’s a new technology,” he added. “[I]t’s something that there will be people who like it, there will be people who don’t and that’s the same in everything that we do.”

The code will cost interested parties 300 pounds, or approximately $480.

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