Cemetery headstones haven’t changed much in 5000 years… until now. While technology has allowed for more mobility, it has also increased the separation of families worldwide. What hasn’t changed is our desire to keep memories of loved ones alive for future generations.
QR codes have transformed the way we are honoring loved ones by bringing a new type of headstone to cemeteries. These “Living Headstones” blend the timeless tradition of granite headstones with the newest technology available, QR codes.
It’s normal to see QR codes throughout your day to day activities. On a restaurant menu, in stores, on posters…It shouldn’t come as a surprise that now QR codes can be placed on headstones. A QR code on a headstone works in the same manner as anywhere else, you scan it and it takes you to a webpage. With the rise of virtual cemeteries, the way we can honor our loved ones has come to a new era of remembrance.
Here’s how QR codes can create a legacy that’s right for you:
On gravestones, there’s a limited space to work with when wanting to add words and information to it. What the QR code allows you to do, is create a webpage that digitally fills in these gaps.
What do most headstone QR codes link to? While it’s up to the family and their wishes, these are the most common options:
Obituary: The family might link to a digital obituary in a newspaper or on a social media website.
Online memorial: If you create an online memorial for a loved one, you can link this to a gravestone QR code to bring up more information.
Guestbook: Digital guest books are a way for loved ones to leave memories, well-wishes, and condolences. Linking to a digital guestbook makes it easy for loved ones to connect with others visiting the grave.
Photos: Similarly, the family can link to an online photo album. This humanizes the grave, bringing color into an otherwise lifeless space.
While the cost depends on the company you choose to order your QR code and headstone through, it is generally between $75 and $150 for the inscription. Like any engraving on a headstone, the cost depends on the size and quality, as well as the material.
With that in mind, there are other costs to consider. You will need to link your memorial code to something digitally. This is usually a webpage or online memorial. Hosting these websites isn’t typically free, though some online memorials might give you a free trial or let you create a basic page for free. You’ll need to include the cost of your memorial hosting when considering the overall QR code cost. This might be a one-time fee or an annual subscription. (source: https://www.joincake.com/blog/qr-code-on-tombstone/)
There are many different companies offering these QR codes, so be sure to check with your chosen funeral home so they can work with you and their memorial providers to provide this for you.
Our digital legacies are just as real and important as our physical ones. So, what type of legacy do you want to leave behind?
Looking to place a QR code on an existing headstone? https://monuments.com/store/headstones-accessories/living-headstones-qr-code is the company that started this revolutionary idea in cemeteries, and has the option to add to existing headstones! You can visit their website to learn more about the process of how a QR code is made and connected to a custom-made website to honor your loved one.
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