If you are choosing a cemetery monument for a loved one or even for yourself if you're planning in advance, there are a lot of options. If you want, you can opt for a traditional stone, but on the other hand, you may want to inject a bit of the deceased's unique personality into your choice. Here are some interesting options to consider.
Include a Video
Surprisingly, with a bit of innovation, it is possible to put a video in a tombstone. Ideally, the video should have headphone jacks so the cemetery doesn't have to worry about maintaining speakers, and the screen should be shatter resistant to safeguard against vandals.
For power, the screen should also be connected to a small solar panel. When people visit the cemetery monument, they can play the video to see a special message, a home video, or even a slideshow of photographs of the deceased.
Add a QR Code
If you want something that can be changed over time, you may want to add a QR code. With this, graveside visitors can scan the code with their smartphones. Then, a lot of things can potentially happen.
The user can be given static information such as photos of the deceased, a special song, copies of art or similar types of information. Alternatively, the QR code can link to memories posted by loved ones, and the visitor can even add information.
If you choose to add a QR code and you want your loved ones to be able to update the information, you may want to put one person in charge. To make it easier, pick the person who's handling your digital legacy.
Use a Design to Reflect Life
You may also want to consider an elaborate or subtle cemetery monument that reflects your life. For example, after Joe Mafela's death, his family decided to celebrate his life and renown as a South African entertainer with a special cemetery monument. The monument reflects the fact that Mafela spent his life entertaining others, and it includes a living room design made out of stone complete with a real plasma television.
To copy this idea on a smaller scale, consider a bench instead of a tombstone for someone who loves to bird watch or people watch. Alternatively, add elements of nature, religious statuary or other items that reflect your life or the life of your loved one.
Include a Quote
Tech-based cemetary monuments aren't the only options. You can also be a bit more traditional and put a quote on the cemetery monument. Ideally, this should be a quote that the deceased loved in life or a quote that sums up their life.