A QR code to access the memories of the deceased

The Granby Catholic Cemeteries, a company that manages two burial sites in the municipality, has recently offered this new service called Life Stories. Thus, biography of the deceased, souvenir photos and videos as well as testimonies are accessible via a QR code affixed directly to a funeral monument.

“I believe a person really dies when we stop talking about them. It is important that future generations remember their ancestors. Today, technology allows it so let’s take advantage of it,” says Élyse Champagne, director of the Granby Catholic Cemeteries company, in an interview with The Voice of the East.

“Each customer has a secure digital space that they can organize as they wish. There is no content limit and the biography can be updated at any time,” she adds.


A QR code laser engraved on stainless metal is attached to the final resting place of loved ones. (Catherine Trudeau/La Voix de l’Est)

In tribute to his dad

Élyse Champagne installed a QR code on the granite stele of her father Normand Champagne, who died at the age of 79. He was a man passionate about country music. Thanks to digital technology, Ms. Champagne can relive, by watching a short video, her father’s last Christmas performing a song on the guitar.

Histoires de vie offers a personalized digital space accessible on the website of a company based in France. For six profiles of deceased people, the cost is $290.

The QR code is laser engraved on a stainless metal that can easily be stuck to a tombstone.

President of the Association of Christian Cemeteries of Quebec, Daniel Dezainde welcomes the growing share of digital technology in the funeral sector.


Daniel Dezainde, president of the Association of Christian Cemeteries of Quebec. (ACCQ)

“Today, people change cities, provinces and countries and rarely or never return to the graves of their ancestors. On a web page, you can relive grandpa’s birthday or follow the funeral from miles away,” says Mr. Dezainde.

We must allow families to grieve remotely and to be able to connect with their deceased.

— Daniel Dezainde

Originally from Granby, Daniel Dezainde serves as general manager of the funeral complex Les Jardins du Souvenir, a company that owns 17 cemeteries in the Outaouais region.

His company is interested in bringing this QR code concept to families. “I am convinced that the funeral community in Quebec will be interested in offering families this new digital tool,” he considers.

A Quebec company will offer this concept

Specializing in virtual services for the funeral sector, such as webcasting chapel ceremonies, exhibitions of bodies or urns and cemetery burials, the Quebec company Funeraweb plans to offer the QR code on a grave here the end of autumn.

“Since 2012, we have taken the digital shift to serve the funeral sector. We serve nearly 350 funeral homes in Quebec,” says Chantal Lepage, co-founder with her partner Mario Duchesneau of Funeraweb which has offices in Montreal and Quebec.

>>>Chantal Lepage and Mario Duchesneau, co-founders of the company Funeraweb.>>>

Chantal Lepage and Mario Duchesneau, co-founders of the company Funeraweb. (Funera web)

According to Ms. Lepage, the family business occupies 90% of the virtual market used by its clientele made up of funeral homes and cemeteries.

“We already offer a virtual commemorative space that we integrate into the website for our clients. A QR code allows access to the memorial space of the deceased person,” describes Chantal Lepage.

The co-owner of Funeraweb believes that this concept of a QR code attached to a tombstone should interest families who wish to remember the life journey of their deceased loved ones.

>>>A QR code is already used by funeral complexes to access a personalized page of the deceased person.>>>

A QR code is already used by funeral complexes to access a personalized page of the deceased person. (Funeraweb)



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