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20th February 2015

QR codes for gravestones

Bridging the gap between life and death is a mystery that has obsessed man since the dawn of society.

Tonbridge firm Hyphenalia offers QR codes for gravestones - by James Walker.

While spirituality may have helped in the past, modern technology could provide an intimate way to remember people long into the future.

A business in Tonbridge is offering to put quick release (QR) codes on gravestones and murals which, once scanned, will bring up a treasure trove of information on a deceased person’s life.

It is being carried out by Hyphenalia, in Morley Road, the brainchild of businesswoman Wendy Nash.

She said: “The idea struck me because I have always had a fascination with headstones and eventually I thought to myself ‘is that it? Am I just going to be a name on granite?

“Most of the time that’s all we get, along with a message that doesn’t tell people much about us at all. It’s such a shame and a wasted opportunity.

“Imagine if someone in your ancestry had achieved something great, but you know nothing about it. It’s something I would want to know and be very proud of.

“I think it’s quite an original idea and if someone needs help creating a memorial, I can help them.”

A QR code is a form of bar code that consists of black dots on a square grid and most smart phone cameras can read them.

Once scanned the code will then divert readers to a tailor made website that commemorates a person’s life. It can contain anything including pictures, music, videos and a family tree.

They are designed to be weatherproof and can be created ahead of death, or for someone that died centuries ago – as long as there is enough information about their lives.

For more information visit or call Wendy Nash on 01732 365130

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