AN UNDERTAKER in Dorset has launched a service offering Quick
Response (QR) codes on gravestones, which allow people to access
information about the life of the deceased.
The QR code can be scanned by
smartphones (above) or computers, and opens up a web page
that shows biographical information.
Steven Nimmo, of the undertakers
Chester Pearce, in Poole, was inspired by a visit to the graves of
Russian presidents in Red Square, Moscow. "It made me think about
finding a way to let headstones themselves tell a story. We set up
the website, with basic details, and then the families control what
goes on that page. . . I think it will help continue the bonds with
a dead person in a positive way.
"From my own experience with bereaved
people, it's not about trying to say goodbye, but trying to achieve
a different kind of normal life. This offers a positive way to
interact with people's lives."
He said that, since the launch, he had
had enquiries from all over the world for the service, which costs
about £300. It is believed that no one else in the UK offers the
service, although it is available in parts of the United