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Would you like a video tribute to go with your gravestone?

When you die, how do you think people would remember you? Friends and family no doubt will have their own impressions. But what about extended family you meet maybe once a year or your descendents?  Will they even know personal details that reflect your personality like a favorite song ? A company wants to change […]

When you die, how do you think people would remember you? Friends and family no doubt will have their own impressions. But what about extended family you meet maybe once a year or your descendents?  Will they even know personal details that reflect your personality like a favorite song ? A company wants to change the way we mourn the dead by attaching a QR code to gravestones that links to a multimedia memorial of the life you’ve lived.

Digital Legacys in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, co-founded by Rick and Lorie Miller, charges about $150 for the bronze QR code on the gravestone linking to a memorial page that can include pictures, testimonials and video. They can also provide links to foundations to make donations such as Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Although in most cases friends and loved ones create the page, the idea is that this could be part of the next generation of funeral planning. It might even make the process a bit easier.

In an interview with The Daily News, Rick Miler said he and his wife were inspired to create the company to give their child a way to know about her grandfather.

“My father passed away in the late ’90s, and she never knew him. This is a great way for somebody that’s younger that hasn’t had the opportunity to know one of their ancestors to learn about them and to learn about their life.”

One issue the company may struggle with is consumers who access QR codes are relatively small with an average of 15 percent using them in the US, UK, France and Germany. They tend to be on the young side with 18-27 year olds being the biggest users. But who is to say whether QR Codes won’t be phased out by some other form of technology. Maybe in the future, videos could be embedded somewhere on the burial site.

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