Headstones go interactive: QR codes will help remember loved ones

Dorset Echo: INTERACTIVE MEMORIES: Stephen Nimmo, managing director of Chester Pearce INTERACTIVE MEMORIES: Stephen Nimmo, managing director of Chester Pearce

A POOLE funeral director has launched a revolutionary way for people to remember loved ones – interactive headstones.

Special QR codes (Quick Response codes) are being placed on gravestones so they can be scanned by a mobile phone, which then launches a biography of the deceased on a website.

The online page triggered by the small barcode-type squares can show a profile of the person, pictures and videos of them and tributes from family and friends.

Stephen Nimmo, managing director of Chester Pearce, said: “I came up with the idea after walking along President’s Row in Russia and realised I knew so much about the people buried beneath me.

“The idea is to provide a service that people can use to help them grieve. The key thing is not to be afraid.

“I am a very traditional funeral director but using this technology is a positive way to help remember people.”

One of the first customers to use the modern technology is widow Gill Tuttiett, who has had a QR code installed on the grave of late husband Timothy at St Mary's church in Lytchett Matravers, near Poole.

Mr Tuttiett, a former operations manager at Bournemouth Airport, died suddenly from heart failure last November aged 55.

Mrs Tuttiett said: “Tim was outward going and game for anything.

“He really liked new technology.”

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11:11am Fri 7 Sep 12

dave.flowers says...

I've heard of these before, brilliant way of remembrance
I've heard of these before, brilliant way of remembrance dave.flowers
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6:45am Sat 8 Sep 12

EGHH says...

Good luck to Mr Nimmo. He organised my mother's funeral. He is very professional and caring man. This is great idea and will help future historians and those tracing their family history.
Good luck to Mr Nimmo. He organised my mother's funeral. He is very professional and caring man. This is great idea and will help future historians and those tracing their family history. EGHH
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