MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a technological twist to the tombstone and the idea of a conventional obituary.
Headstones in any given cemetery are typically pretty predictable. You have an engraved surname, date of birth, death and maybe a short quote or personal inscription.
But have you ever passed a grave of old and pondered the full story of the person now laid to rest there?
Company founder Robert Halbrooks and his team had been producing video tributes for families and area funeral homes for about 7 years when they got the idea to expand so people could view the videos online.
“And in doing that we came across the idea of using QR codes which is simply just a shortcut to the tribute page,” Halbrooks explains.
The self-adhesive QR code is placed directly on the front of the tombstone. Halbrooks’ company has been operating with Memory Squares for two years now and have expanded to 9 funeral homes in north Alabama.
When Larry Smith visits Bethel Cemetery in southern Morgan County where his parents Jack and Francis Smith are buried, he can see much more than a slab of stone thanks to the Memory Square.
“It’s just a great way to share with future generations,” says Smith.
For about $120 the QR codes will direct users to a custom site featuring a family history, a photo gallery and even a video tribute if selected.
With so many death related costs, we asked Halbrooks if at first he had trouble convincing grieving families to buy in to the unique service.
“We did at first,” Halbrooks admits, “but once people were able to see the product ad realize there’s value in it then there really wasn’t an issue.”
Memory Square is allowing families to fill in the gaps of life of lost loved ones for future generations or anyone who happens to have a smart phone handy.
“You have your birth year and your death year and a dash in between and what we want to represent is that dash, “says Halbrooks. “We want to be able to tell your life history in that dash.”
The memory square has been met with so much interest, the company is in the process of negotiations with out-of-state clients as well.