SEATTLE -- Using technology better known for restaurant and hotel reviews, a local monument company is offering a new option to extend your epitaph to the cloud.
At least, the virtual one.
Everybody has a story, and everybody is important in this world, and everybody accomplishes something, said Faye Garneau. Wouldn't it be interesting to find that [story] out?I don't know about you but every time I go to the cemeteryI'malways kind of curious.
Faye spends once a week sitting on a bench, overlooking a lake from Holy Rood Cemetery in Seattle.This is where shevisits with her husband, Eduoard, who died of cancer in August 16, 2010.
I can sit up on the hill, look at the view and tell him all he's missing, Garneau said.
While a name and a lifespan etched in stone can only tell you so much about Ed's life, a little square called a QR code, affixed to his grave marker, can tell you much more.
It can tell you Garneau received worldwide respect for his development of collision repair methods for heavily damaged automobiles, including by General Motors.
It can also show you his travels around the world with Faye, his love of flying and his hobby, glacier climbing. And don't forget his best friends, his dogs.
You just click on there, and you can find out about them, Faye said.
With a smart phone and a bar code scanning app, one needs only to hold up their camera to get a link to Edouard's online obituary, completely with biography and photo album.
It's a 21st century twist on the millenia-old grave marker, and Seattle's Quiring Monuments is the one now offering it.
Owner David Quiring said they laser-etch theemblems on a printable metallic surface, then use a special epoxy to attach the QR codes to the headstone.
The result, in the case of the Garneaus, is a lasting link to memories of 53 years of marriage, which friends, family and historians without smartphones can also access with just a traditional web browser.
Now we can connect and see not that someone has died, but how someone lived, Quiring said.
Quiring has already created QR codes for both his parents, as well as six veterans who were Medal of Honor recipients, nowburied at Washelli-Evergreen Cemetery in Seattle.
In the two months since they started etching QR codes, Quiring said his company has created about 80 of them for buyers around the country.He said his company offers them free to those ordering headstones from him, and $65 for those who want to purchase a QR code separately.