Graveyards go digital as deceased get websites

     In a bid to make visiting loved ones’ grave more rewarding and satisfying, a couple from Pennsylvania has launched a business that uses QR codes to link headstones to websites commemorating the departed. “We’re always afraid over time that their legacy would be forgotten,” Fox News quoted Lori Miller as saying of her relatives. “It’s such a little thing, but it opens you up to such a wide variety of things,” Miller said.

Imagine a 2-inch brass or silver square with a QR code a square digital bar code attached to any headstone with heavy-duty adhesive tape. A visitor would then scan that QR code using a smartphone, sending that user to a website honouring the deceased with photographs, videos, music and other multimedia components. “We’re going to allow them to keep changing it, keep updating it,” Miller said. “It’s such simple technology,” Miller said. Miller, who lost her grandparents and her brother in recent years, said her husband Rick thought of using the technology after one of their recent visits to cemeteries outside Philadelphia.

The Digital Legacys business is not the first of its kind, as similar ventures are under way in Seattle and in Europe . “It’s still a very new market and there's plenty of room for everyone,” she said. “We’re really excited about it,” Miller said. Users can expect to pay 99 dollars for a one-year QR code and accompanying website, Miller said, or 50 dollars for a website dedicated to the decedent for one year. Additional QR code tags can be purchased for 28 dollars each.

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