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  • Oct 20, 2011
    2:04 PM ET

    With A Gravestone Barcode, Tomorrow Never Dies

    Wanted Media

    The latest trend in gravestones is to change “here lies” to “here links.” Barcodes much like the ones being slapped on advertisements and billboards are being affixed to headstones to provide mourners ways to connect with the dead online. Forget-me-nots and pansies may wilt, but websites live forever.

    After scanning or photographing the “QR” code with a cell phone, people can instantly connect with a website tribute page for a loved one, showing all their favorite music, memories, photographs and videos. Some even include playlists of the deceased’s most beloved songs on iTunes. Aaron Sorensen, a chemist and engineer from Salt Lake City, Utah, bought a barcode for his grandparent’s dual gravestone Alva and Virgie Sorensen, and for the benefit of their 21 grandchildren: “It’s a tribute to them to remember the sacrifices they made to give me a better life.”

    These “living memorials” are the next step in the so-called Internet footprint that most of us will leave behind. They even made the Doonesbury cartoon strip on October 16. (It says: “Welcome to the Digital Afterlife of Daisy Doonesbury.” Wisely, Daisy has a “monitored” comments page because in life she had a lot of “frenemies.”) But people buy them when they are planning their own funeral, too. Gravestone barcodes allow people to be the editorial director of their own online obituary, long before their corpse is in the hands of a funeral director. There’s also the option to add video, audio, photographs and share stories from beyond the grave.

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