Cemetery puts photos and videos into headstones of graves

Photos and videos on headstones 
By: John Roberts 

(Scroll down for video) Now when you visit graves in the cemetery, you will be able to see photos and videos of the deceased.

You could call it a trend in modern cemeteries. The technology will allows us to view videos and photos of the deceased.

A Twin Cities company is one of the first in the country to provide access to high-tech tombstones.

"You know, it is all about legacy," said Loren Taple, co-owner of Katzman Monument Company.

Heritage is something Taple knows a thing or two about. In fact, it is a concept that has driven the family business since 1935.

Taple and her brother recently decided to run the company of his grandfather, to the next level. What is known as a QR code or Quick Response Code acts as a UPC code, and when scanned, it helps to color a life story.

In four steps, the memory of a loved one goes on forever with a little help from the digital world. After purchasing the QR code from Katzman Monument Company, you go to memorylinks.com where you can upload information, photos and even video. Then you will attach the QR code. After it is read with a free application for your phone, you can access images and video at your fingertips.

The Taples say business is good so far. They're even seeing some people leave messages for those in the future. Whatever your method, they say it is a way of keeping alive the memory of the deceased.

"More than the name and date printed on the stone they want to be able to have future generations come to the cemetery and very well know who was the grandfather," said Taple. QR codes are allowed in all cemeteries in Minnesota, except the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, where the rules say nothing is allowed to adhere to the monuments. The QR code costs $150.

To purchase a QR Code, visit the Katzman Monument Company. If you purchase a monument there, the QR code is included with your purchase.

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