Maybe you thought that when you died, you’d be just, well, dead. But in this digital day and age, think again.
Instead, your family and friends may decide to immortalize you in your own small corner of the Internet. Not only that, but anyone visiting your gravesite will be able to access that eternal online resting place via a QR code inscribed into your tombstone.
A company called QR Memories, a subsidiary of a British funeral home, places QR codes on tombstones, benches or other physical memorials for up to about $475, depending on the materials used. When scanned with a smartphone, the codes will take the bereaved to a website containing biographical information, memories left by loved ones, photos and other material celebrating the life of the deceased.
Those with login information can also update the webpages to make family announcements or simply add to the body of information about their lost loved one. Setup and administration of the website, as well as unlimited hosting, will run families $150 on top of the initial cost of the code.
We at iCopywriter see the value in this service – certainly, it allows people to experience graveyards differently, and to memorialize their own loved ones in a special and indelible way. At the same time, we can’t help but wonder: isn’t there something a little off about using the same kind of code that gives you store promotions and event information to do something as somber as memorialize the dead? We’re struggling with this weird collision of the serious and the trivial – and the fact that the site is a little bit too much like a social (or severely antisocial) network for dead people.
What do you think? Classy or creepy? Would you ever put a QR code on the grave of a loved one?
Have you checked out iCopywriter.com lately? Better get to it before people are scanning your QR code, if you know what we mean…
Photo Credit: www.qr-memories.co.uk/