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Undertaker offers scan on gravestones

14 September 2012

by a staff reporter

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 States.


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