Modern-day technology helps families remember lost loved ones


by WHAS11

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 17 at 4:23 PM

(WHAS11) -- You expect to see colorful flowers and flags at a cemetery but now black and white bar codes are popping up on headstones.

It's called QR code. Simply scan the bar code-like design and unlock a person's life history.

Matilde Fairbanks knew she wanted her late husband to be part of this modern-day technology.

"They could go up to the code and see the pictures, read his story, instead of just standing there and trying to picture what he looked like and his stories of the past," said Fairbanks.

Randy Allen designs the codes at his Crawfordsville Monument Company.

"We can pretty much do anything that the family can think of," said Allen.

Once affixed to a marker, urn or boulder, you scan the code with your smart phone. It directs you to the website with your loved one's keepsakes, biography, obituary, guest book, images, even audio messages.

You can even post the links on social media sites.

Fairbanks designed the memorial page the code directs you to. She paid $400 for the code and website.

For her, it's a priceless treasure.

"I'm thinking about putting one on for my father to be able to read his history for my children and grandchildren," said Fairbanks.