memorial QR Codes

A new trend has emerged in memorial practices: placing QR codes on headstones. This innovative approach merges traditional memorials with modern technology, offering a dynamic way to honour and remember loved ones and we thought we would share it with you …

How It Works

QR codes on headstones link to online memorial pages, which can include photos, videos, stories, and other personalised content. These codes can be scanned with a smartphone, directing visitors to a webpage dedicated to the deceased. This allows for a more comprehensive tribute than a traditional epitaph can provide.


  1. Dynamic and Updatable Content: Unlike static inscriptions, QR codes can link to content that can be updated over time. Family members can add new photos, stories, and comments, keeping the memory of their loved ones alive and evolving.
  2. Global Accessibility: Mourners from around the world can access the memorial page, making it easier for distant relatives and friends to pay their respects.
  3. Enhanced Personalisation: QR codes allow for a more detailed and personalised tribute. They can share the full life story of the deceased, including their achievements, hobbies, and personal anecdotes.
  4. Durability: These codes can be engraved on durable materials like stone or steel, ensuring they last as long as the headstone itself.
  5. Interactivity: Visitors can leave comments and share their own memories, creating an interactive memorial experience.

Global Adoption

This trend is gaining popularity worldwide. In the UK, at Almondsbury Memorial, the Government is using QR Codes to pay a tribute to their brave men. 111 village men who fought and 24 who were killed in the Great War are identified in a specific area of The Roll of Honour. There is a special marker next to the memorial with QR Code. The QR Code links to a website that provides information about soldiers named on memorial.

Almondsbury Memorial - QR codes on memorials

© John Moore (WMR-7423)

In Japan and China, QR codes on headstones have become relatively common, reflecting the cultural importance of remembering ancestors. Even in Uruguay, Jewish cemeteries have adopted this technology to enhance the memorial experience.


Ethical Considerations

While this technology offers many benefits, we believe it is crucial to approach it with sensitivity. Obtaining explicit consent from family members and ensuring they understand how the information will be used and accessed is essential. Privacy and respectful handling of the deceased’s information must always be prioritised.

Overall, QR codes on headstones provide a meaningful way to preserve and share the legacies of loved ones, blending the permanence of traditional memorials with the flexibility and richness of digital storytelling, QR codes used sensitively allow friends and family to share their thoughts, memories and lasting tributes giving a rich story of the persons life and the impact they had in their lives.