Headstones are as old as time itself. They have been around for thousands of years and are used across different nations, cultures, and religions. They are typically inscribed on granite or marble with personal information, such as names, birthdates, and death dates. There's the occasional dedication, poem, or Bible verse, but inscribing a full life story is impossible (the headstone is just a small slab of stone after all).
Brisbane-based tech company See My Life wants to change that with headstone QR codes. This technology allows family members and visitors to read and view the deceased's life story on their cell phones. With headstone QR codes, cemeteries become a repository of information on the life of the deceased.
But what are QR code headstones and how do they work? QR codes stand for quick response codes and they have been used to access information since the 1990s. You usually see them in ordinary objects, such as food packaging, household goods, clothing, and more.
But thanks to See My Life, you can now view a webpage dedicated to the deceased. To access the webpage, simply download a QR code reader app on your phone, scan the code, and you'll be taken to the page in an instant.
There are a lot of things that loved ones can include on the page. These can include a short yet sweet summary of the deceased's life story, the eulogies read during the funeral, and pictures celebrating their life. Family members also have the option to include special videos that showcase the life of the deceased.
Where can the QR code be found? The answer is simple. Once See My Life issues the QR code, you can now have it inscribed on the headstone by your stonemason.
QR code headstone is a fairly new technology, but it's fast gaining popularity. These codes first appeared on headstones in the US around 2011, and the rest of the world followed suit.
The beauty of this technology is that anyone can access it. Family members and friends visiting and paying tribute in the cemetery can access it just by opening an app. Even strangers strolling by can view the webpage when they visit the cemetery and scan the code.
QR code headstones are more than just a way to remember departed loved ones. They can also be a healthy way to process the grief of the loved one's passing. This is also a good way to help researchers who are interested in history or genealogy. This allows them to learn about the person and see what they looked like. They, too, will learn how much they were cherished and see a little bit of their character.
Families are not just limited to QR code headstones. See My Life's QR codes can also be inscribed on urns, plaques, benches, and more. It's that versatile.
If you want to know more about QR code headstones and how you can get one for yourself or your loved one, check out the See My Life information page.