Chips On Gravestones Help Preserve Memories

By Paula Ebben, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – Social media has changed the way many of us live and now it’s also changing the way we deal with death.

Mike and Phyllis McCormick are among the many families turning to high tech memorials to preserve precious memories.

It’s called a LifeMarker. A little chip costs around $200 and contains a quick reference, or QR code. That code is a link to a customizable website. The chip is permanently placed on a gravestone so that anyone walking by will be able to scan it and learn about who is buried there.

Jerad Saindon is the founder of LifeMarker and for him this creation is personal. “My own father died when I was young,” he says. “I would pay any number of dollars right now just to hear him tell me a joke again.”

The McCormicks plan to record audio files in order to share their memories. They’ve also uploaded family photos and an old home movie from the ’50’s.



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