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Graves that can 'speak': Hi-tech headstones let you scan a QR code to watch videos of person's life

A funeral director has launched a way of letting people find out about who is buried at a grave by scanning a special code on the headstone with a mobile phone. The undertaker can etch QR codes - a barcode-type square - on to a piece or metal or granite then glue it on to graves, memorials and tribute plaques on benches. All grave visitors have to do is scan the stone with their mobile to see a biography, pictures, tributes and videos of the dead person.

If they have a password, they can leave a tribute on the site, which families can update. Funeral director Stephen Nimmo said: “It’s a positive way to remember someone. “People often look at gravestones and wonder who a person was. "By using the codes they can find out all they need to know.”

The square Quick Response codes cost up to £300 from Chester Pearce, of Poole, Dorset, with a £95 charge for the web page. Widow Gill Tuttiett, 53, has had one put on airport operations manager husband Timothy’s grave at St Mary’s church in Lytchett Matravers, near Poole. She said: “This is the way forward and Tim would have wanted it. "And if someone wants to create a family tree this makes it a lot easier.”