Having been to my share of funerals or wakes over the course of my lifespan. The ideal of digital memories is an excellent way to share the memories of love ones around the world.
A Seattle-based company is creating burial markers that include a scanned, stamp-like image called a “quick read” — or QR code.
The codes can be placed on tombstones so visitors can learn more about the dearly departed, leave messages for their loved ones, and record stories for others who may visit. And all you need is a smart phone and a free app to make it work.
Death and the human desire for remembrance are the constants that have kept Quiring Monuments — run by Dave Quiring — going for three generations. Quiring is part grief counselor, part artisan, part editor.
“My job is to help people tell a story in stone, generally,” he says.
Quiring inherited his role 43 years ago, when his father died. Since then, he’s added bronze, glass, even stainless steel and color photographs to the materials the company uses to make modern headstones. And now he’s going digital: by offering black-and-white QR codes for gravestones.