While spirituality may have helped in the past, modern technology could provide an intimate way to remember people long into the future.
A business in Tonbridge is offering to put quick release (QR) codes on gravestones and murals which, once scanned, will bring up a treasure trove of information on a deceased person’s life.
Wendy Nash with stone mason James Taylor of TC Memorials and the QR code
It is being carried out by Hyphenalia, in Morley Road, the brainchild of businesswoman Wendy Nash.
She said: “The idea struck me because I have always had a fascination with headstones and eventually I thought to myself ‘is that it? Am I just going to be a name on granite?
“Most of the time that’s all we get, along with a message that doesn’t tell people much about us at all. It’s such a shame and a wasted opportunity.
Gravestones could soon be brought to life
“Imagine if someone in your ancestry had achieved something great, but you know nothing about it. It’s something I would want to know and be very proud of.
“I think it’s quite an original idea and if someone needs help creating a memorial, I can help them.”
A QR code is a form of bar code that consists of black dots on a square grid and most smart phone cameras can read them.
Once scanned the code will divert readers to a tailor made website that commemorates a person’s life. It can contain anything including pictures, music, videos and a family tree.
How a QR code could look on a gravestone
They are designed to be weatherproof and can be created ahead of death, or for someone that died centuries ago – as long as there is enough information about their lives.
Other services offered by the company include memorial books, wake cakes and celebratory T-shirts.
For more information visit www.hyphernalia.com