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Plaques provide link to life stories

A UK company has come up with a way to share memories of a deceased family member or friend using a QR (quick response) code on a plaque or cross.

These digital memorial plaques, which carry the message ‘See my life story’, are attached to a gravestone, memorial or an urn, or placed in a special place, such as a remembrance garden. They are designed to last hundreds of years.

If someone scans one with a Smartphone, they get a link either to the tribute website www.we-will-remember.com or to an existing site or even YouTube. They can then view the deceased person’s life story online.

Each person’s tribute can include stories, pictures, video links, family history and links to other family members, family trees or instant messages of condolence, all in a mobile, tablet or PC format.

“It’s a great way to create a permanent legacy and to tell the world what made a loved one special,” said Digital Memorial Ltd founder Richard Longworth.

People are increasingly using social media and this, coupled with a tendency for funerals and memorials to become more about celebrating a life, means sharing digital life stories is likely to be a huge growth area.

FSJ reported on QR codes being embedded in gravestones back in June 2012, and the national media also picked up on it a few months later, but these plaques or crosses have added benefits in that they can be moved or be attached to existing stones or memorials.

Richard and his partners have taken 18 months to develop the plaques and want to work with funeral directors to promote them. The recommended retail price for each, with free lifetime access to the website is £59 and a ‘white label’ version – which could then have the funeral director’s own branding added – is also available.

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